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Lisa Cooper’s story

I lost 5st and now I’m a yummy mummy

When Lisa Cooper piled on the pounds after having her 2 children, she knew she must tackle her weight problem once and for all. Having been big since childhood, she now tipped the scales at 14st 4lb and wore a dress size 18. As a clinical nurse specialist at the Christie Cancer Centre in Manchester, she knew only too well the health risks of being overweight.

So she joined Rosemary Conley Online and shed 5st 2lb in just 7 months to become a sylphlike size 10 and weigh 9st 2lb – the lowest she has been since before she was a teenager.

‘Fat mum’

Lisa says she was a chubby child and, at university, with all of the cheap food and drink on offer, her weight began to creep up. When she got married to Chris in 2004 it was in a size 16-18 dress.

“I used to view slimming plans as a ‘diet’, which implies a short-term fix, but then when I returned to my previous habits, the weight would pile back on,” says Lisa, who had joined other slimming clubs in the past only to lose a couple of stone and then put it all back on again.

Years of eating huge portion sizes and collapsing on the sofa in front of the TV with a bottle of wine and a box of chocolates after a busy day at work and looking after the children, or treating themselves to takeaways at the weekend, caused Lisa and her husband’s weight to escalate even further.

Lisa, 35, did not want to be the ‘fat mum’ at the school gates when her daughter Heidi, now 4, started school, so it motivated her to take action. Plus, she did not want to be overweight when she returned to work from maternity leave following the birth of her son, Ted – now 1 – like she had after having 10 months off when Heidi was born.

Lisa’s mum had shed 2st at a Rosemary Conley class and had kept it off by continuing to attend but, with 2 young children to look after and a husband who worked long hours, Lisa was unable to commit to classes. That’s when she decided to look online for help.

Family pride

Our site was the perfect choice, says Lisa, and as Chris was also determined to slim down, the pair set about losing weight together, helping each other along the way. Their determination paid off and the couple – who live in Warrington – were delighted to have each lost a stone in the first month of joining.

“We kept each other motivated and supported each other when we were tempted to cheat. By complimenting each other and being proud of each other’s achievements, it felt like the very best in teamwork,” says Lisa.

“I love the online recipes and they’re perfect for busy working parents – there are so many to choose from and the vast majority are quick and simple with only a few ingredients.

“The site has also helped me to realise that the secret of changing your eating habits is in the planning, so I now plan our meals for the week and shop accordingly.”

By December 2011 – just 7 months after joining – Lisa reached her goal weight. Chris, too, has lost 4½ stone and, says Lisa, looks great.

“We are now happier and much more active as a family,” adds Lisa. “I walk everywhere I can with the pushchair and we skip or run to school. This time my weight loss is for life.”

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