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Mother who ballooned to size 18 lost half her body weight in a year

A size 18 mother-of-two who was unhappy with her post-pregnancy body has told how she lost half her body weight in just 12 months by giving up fry-ups and taking up hula-hooping.

Danielle Cooper, from Berkshire, revealed that when she fell pregnant with her first child in 2011, she put on three stone and tipped the scales at 13st 9Ibs.

The 30-year-old, who works at a supermarket head office, continued to pile on the pounds when she gave birth to her son in 2015, wearing a size 16-18.

But when she came across a picture of herself at a friend’s wedding in 2016, Danielle realised just how unhappy she felt with her appearance, and said it was the final straw, overhauling her diet and exercise regime.

She now weighs 8st 12Ibs and is a UK size eight.

The 30-year-old, who works at a supermarket head office, continued to pile on the pounds when she gave birth to her son in 2015, wearing a size 16-18. But when she came across this picture of herself at a friend’s wedding in 2016 (seen), Danielle realised just how unhappy she felt with her appearance, and this was the final straw for her to lose weight

Mother Danielle Cooper, 30, from Berkshire, lost 4st 11lbs in just 12 months after seeing a picture of herself at a wedding and is now a size 8 (seen this year after her transformation)

Mother Danielle Cooper, 30, from Berkshire, lost 4st 11lbs in just 12 months after seeing a picture of herself at a wedding and is now a size 8 (seen this year after her transformation)

She decided to join Slimming World and take up hula hooping, as well as swapping junk food and takeaways for healthy meals, and saw her weight shrink to 8st 12Ibs and a UK size eight.

Danielle’s weight is now below her target of 9st and she regularly shares pictures of her newly slim figure with 31,000 of her Instagram followers.

Speaking about her journey, Danielle said: ‘After the birth of my first child; nearly seven years ago I piled on roughly three stone. Then I fell pregnant again gaining more weight.

‘I was not active in anyway what-so-ever; I got taxis everywhere I could barely walk up a few steps without losing my breath.

Mother-of-two Danielle Cooper, from Berkshire, who was unhappy with her post-pregnancy body, has told how she lost half her body weight in just twelve months. Danielle is pictured on an unknown beach before her weight loss, weighing 13st 9Ibs

Mother-of-two Danielle Cooper, from Berkshire, who was unhappy with her post-pregnancy body, has told how she lost half her body weight in just twelve months. Danielle is pictured on an unknown beach before her weight loss, weighing 13st 9Ibs

Danielle is seen on an unknown beach with her daughter after her transformation and now weighs 8st 12Ibs and is a UK size eight. The mother-of-two from Berkshire lost half her body weight in just 12 months after embarking on a strict lifestyle overhaul

Danielle is seen on an unknown beach with her daughter after her transformation and now weighs 8st 12Ibs and is a UK size eight. The mother-of-two from Berkshire lost half her body weight in just 12 months after embarking on a strict lifestyle overhaul

‘When I had my two children especially my second I very quickly realised this, and it was heart breaking.

‘I remember seeing a natural photo of me at a friend’s wedding completely caught off-guard and that’s when I realised how big I had got and that was the final straw.

‘I joined Slimming World and I have since lost nearly five stone. I take my kids out for walks while they ride their bikes and I run alongside and even race them. 

‘I’ve recently joined as a member at Nirvana Spa which is a huge deal for me because everyone walks around in their swimming costumes, which two years ago you’d never catch me doing.

‘I started hula hooping about ten months ago, so I guess I was a good year into my journey. I wasn’t confident to join a gym or go to classes.

‘I always felt people would stare or laugh at me, plus it was really difficult to find time to leave the house with two small children.

Danielle now proudly shows off the stretchmarks left from her weight loss after shedding five stone in just twelve months by overhauling her diet and taking up hula hooping (seen this year after the weight loss)

Danielle now proudly shows off the stretchmarks left from her weight loss after shedding five stone in just twelve months by overhauling her diet and taking up hula hooping (seen this year after the weight loss)

Her new physique has helped Danielle participate in more activities with her kids and she no longer feels insecure (seen holding up her old shorts before her weight loss). The mother-of-two from Berkshire lost half her body weight in just 12 months after embarking on a strict lifestyle overhaul

Her new physique has helped Danielle participate in more activities with her kids and she no longer feels insecure (seen holding up her old shorts before her weight loss). The mother-of-two from Berkshire lost half her body weight in just 12 months after embarking on a strict lifestyle overhaul

Mother Danielle Cooper, 30, from Berkshire, lost 4st 11lbs in just 12 months after overhauling her lifestyle and is much more active now - seen posing next to a waterfall this year, showing off her new size 8 figure

Mother Danielle Cooper, 30, from Berkshire, lost 4st 11lbs in just 12 months after overhauling her lifestyle and is much more active now – seen posing next to a waterfall this year, showing off her new size 8 figure

Danielle is pictured post-weight loss with her husband, Martyn, on a night out this year. The mother-of-two from Berkshire lost half her body weight in just 12 months after embarking on a strict lifestyle overhaul

Danielle is pictured post-weight loss with her husband, Martyn, on a night out this year. The mother-of-two from Berkshire lost half her body weight in just 12 months after embarking on a strict lifestyle overhaul

‘So, I bought a hula hoop one day and gave it a go and fell in love with it. I could stand in front of the TV or whack on my favourite music and hoop away. Now I even have my very own 30-day challenge that I share with others.’

Since she shed the weight, Danielle feels more confident than she ever did, and her new physique has helped her raise her children.

Danielle, who works at a supermarket head office, says the hardest part was avoiding the temptation to give up when she didn’t quickly lose the weight.

Danielle Cooper is seen before her transformation at a size 16-18 on a beach. The mother-of-two from Berkshire lost half her body weight in just 12 months after embarking on a strict lifestyle overhaul

Danielle Cooper is seen before her transformation at a size 16-18 on a beach. The mother-of-two from Berkshire lost half her body weight in just 12 months after embarking on a strict lifestyle overhaul

Mother-of-two Danielle from Berkshire lost half her body weight in just 12 months after embarking on a strict lifestyle overhaul.  She is seen this year after her diet overhaul left her at a size 8 by hula hooping regularly 

Mother-of-two Danielle from Berkshire lost half her body weight in just 12 months after embarking on a strict lifestyle overhaul.  She is seen this year after her diet overhaul left her at a size 8 by hula hooping regularly 

Danielle would struggle to walk up the stairs so the mother-of-two from Berkshire lost half her body weight in just 12 months after embarking on a strict lifestyle overhaul (seen on holiday before her weight loss)

Danielle would struggle to walk up the stairs so the mother-of-two from Berkshire lost half her body weight in just 12 months after embarking on a strict lifestyle overhaul (seen on holiday before her weight loss)

The mother-of-two from Berkshire lost half her body weight in just 12 months after embarking on a strict lifestyle overhaul. She is seen following her strict regime which took her to a size 8 this year

The mother-of-two from Berkshire lost half her body weight in just 12 months after embarking on a strict lifestyle overhaul. She is seen following her strict regime which took her to a size 8 this year

‘When I first started I lost two stone really quickly and after that my weight loss slowed down and I gave up,’ she said.

‘I started to hit the cupboards again along with ordering takeaways and soon enough I put a stone back on.

‘I had to face going back to the group and seeing on paper I had gained that weight and that was the kick I needed. I’ve never looked back since. It made me think ‘yes, we all have our bad days and that’s OK’.’

Danielle is shown in 2015 when she was a size 16-18 after having two children. The mother-of-two from Berkshire lost half her body weight in just 12 months after embarking on a healthy lifestyle overhaul 

Danielle is shown in 2015 when she was a size 16-18 after having two children. The mother-of-two from Berkshire lost half her body weight in just 12 months after embarking on a healthy lifestyle overhaul 

Danielle Cooper is seen showing off her new look this year after she lost the weight. The mother-of-two from Berkshire lost half her body weight in just 12 months after embarking on a strict lifestyle overhaul

Danielle Cooper is seen showing off her new look this year after she lost the weight. The mother-of-two from Berkshire lost half her body weight in just 12 months after embarking on a strict lifestyle overhaul

Danielle managed to shrink to less than her target weight of 9st through motivation and determination, changing her diet and taking up hula hooping. The mother-of-two from Berkshire lost half her body weight in just 12 months after embarking on a strict lifestyle overhaul

Danielle managed to shrink to less than her target weight of 9st through motivation and determination, changing her diet and taking up hula hooping. The mother-of-two from Berkshire lost half her body weight in just 12 months after embarking on a strict lifestyle overhaul

Danielle’s diet and exercise regime before 

Breakfast: Fry up and snacking on crisps and biscuits

Lunch: Fast food takeaway 

Dinner: Takeaways and microwave meals 

Exercise: None 

Danielle’s diet and exercise regime after

Breakfast: 1x alpen light bar in my yoghurt with speedy fruit snacks or a ham omelette

Lunch: chicken pasta salad with salad cream light or pasta bolognese with low fat cheese

Dinner: Jacket potato with low fat cheese and beans 

Regular hula hooping, walking and climbing sessions 



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