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Hayley sheds 89.5lbs to be the mom she always wanted to be

A mother-of-two who was so unhappy with the way she looked on her wedding day that she had to be convinced to book a photographer has shed an incredible 89.5lbs.

Hayley Cook, 30, eventually booked a photographer a few weeks before the wedding to capture pictures of her family and friends – yet didn’t have any photographs taken of her and husband Andy together.

Hayley said: “Shortly after meeting Andy I got pregnant . While it all happened very quickly, we were over the moon to be starting a family together. Sadly though, I went on to have a miscarriage. We then had another miscarriage the following year and I was in such a low place that I turned to food for comfort and my weight just went up and up.

“Later that year we got engaged and I turned my attention to planning the wedding. After buying my wedding dress and setting a date, I found out shortly afterwards that I was pregnant again. Although the due date was just a few months before the wedding we decided to go ahead with our plans – we were just so happy to be expecting again.

“In May 2016 we welcomed our beautiful daughter Kaycie into the world, and then we got married in July of the same year. I enjoyed my wedding day, but I hate the few pictures I have. I just felt so uncomfortable with my body. I’d struggled with my weight for years and I just couldn’t face the thought of posing for professional photographs. With a new baby and a lovely new husband I should have felt on top of the world, but my weight was always a big insecurity for me.”

The following year Hayley, from Oxfordshire in England, found that she was expecting again, with Archie arriving in March 2018. She says: “During both pregnancies I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes, which meant I had to follow a strict diet and take medication to control it. With Archie it was even more severe, and I had to inject insulin daily. After he was born I was told that there’s a risk that women who have gestational diabetes will go on to develop Type 2 diabetes, although the chances were greatly reduced by eating healthily and exercising more.

“It was a bit of a wake-up call for me and at that moment I knew I had to start looking after myself properly. My weight was threatening my health and beginning to impact on my day-to-day life and that wasn’t the type of mom I wanted to be. It was getting to the stage where I didn’t want to go swimming because I felt so self-conscious in a swimsuit. We’d tried so hard to have a family and I wanted to make the most of every moment without worrying about my weight.

“I’d tried Slimming World before so I knew it worked, although this time my mindset was totally different and I was determined to make healthier changes not just for myself, but for my whole family. I was still surprised by how much I could actually eat! 

“In the past I’ve tried every diet under the sun – from soups and shakes to juices and even surviving on just eggs and grapefruit! The great thing about Slimming World was that the eating plan focused on healthy, filling, everyday foods that the whole family can enjoy – like our version of a healthy pizza – so I never feel like I’m missing out and the support you get is second-to-none.”

Losing weight has also made Hayley think about how active she is and has unearthed a new passion for exercise. She says: “Before losing weight I used to think that I didn’t have time for exercise, but the truth was I just wasn’t very good at making myself a priority. These days I’m more active than I have ever been in my adult life. Last September I took part in a charity event which encouraged me to try loads of different activities from badminton and running to cycling and swimming. I raised lots of money but aside from that I realized that being active made me feel good, and in turn that made me a better version of myself.

Hayley Cook

I enjoyed my wedding day, but I hate the few pictures I have. I just felt so uncomfortable with my body. 
Hayley Cook

“I think sometimes moms can feel a bit guilty when it comes to taking time for themselves, but I actually think that taking the time to exercise is really good for me and my family. My next goal is to compete in a mini triathlon, which is something I thought I’d never say. We’ve just welcomed a new puppy into the household too, so she keeps us busy and needs plenty of long walks. I just feel full of life now and can’t wait to enjoy making more fun memories with my family.”

Aside from her triathlon ambitions, Hayley has another goal she’d love to fulfil one day. She says: “I feel like such a different person now that I’d love to renew our wedding vows and get some photographs that I can look back on with happiness. I finally feel like the person I was always supposed to be and that’s an amazing feeling.”


Name: Hayley Cook

Age: 30

Height: 5’8”/1.72m

Starting weight: 16st 5½lbs/229½lbs/104kg

Current weight: 10st/140lbs/64kg

Weight loss: 6st 5½lbs/89½lbs/40kg

Starting dress size: 18

Current dress size: 10

Date joined Slimming World: 9th April 2018


Before menu

Breakfast: Nothing

Mid-morning: A cup of tea and cookies 

Lunch: A baguette or sausage roll with chips and a candy bar

Mid-afternoon: A cup of tea and a slice of cake

Dinner: A takeout or creamy macaroni cheese

Evening: A few bars of chocolate

After menu

Breakfast: Chopped fruit with fat-free yogurt or a cooked breakfast on the weekend with grilled low-fat sausages, lean bacon, baked beans, mushrooms, tomatoes and poached eggs

Mid-morning: Fruit

Lunch: A homemade omelet, ham and egg salad or baked beans on wholewheat toast

Mid-morning: Fat-free yogurt and a piece of fruit

Dinner: Slimming World burgers and homemade oven chips made with low-calorie cooking spray, homemade pizza or steak and chips

Evening: Hi-fiber cereal bar.