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Healthy eating's the secret of couple's wedding joy

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: March 18, 2014

Kim James and Lee Coggins, who have each lost seven stone, pictured on their wedding day Picture: Jon Kent

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A couple who tipped the scales at 45 stone between them have shed almost a third of their body weight – in time to walk down the aisle.

Lee Coggins, 37, and Kim James, 35, piled on the weight due to a calorie-packed diet which would often see them eat junk food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. He weighed 25st 4lbs and had to have his 56in waist trousers made online while Kim weighed 19st 10.5lbs and wore size 24.

But the pair, from Bristol, lost a combined 14 stone before they tied the knot this weekend in front of friends who barely recognised them.

Kim, who lost seven stone, said: "I'd have hated having my photos taken on my wedding day. In fact if I was the same size we wouldn't be getting married. There have been some very shocked friends at the ceremony – especially ones that haven't seen us for a while."

The pair would eat garlic bread, two large pizzas, ice cream and three bags of chocolate, washed down with beer and wine for dinner. But they switched to healthier meals after Kim saw a photo of herself and Lee with daughter Georgina, now six, holding their new daughter Gracie, now two.

She said: "I always knew I was overweight but until I saw the photo I didn't realise just how bad it had become. The hardest part was it was a photo with my two girls, one of whom was brand new, but I didn't want to show it to anybody because I looked awful.

"I'd always struggled with my weight but had just avoided having my photo taken.

"I've no photos with Georgina when she was tiny because I didn't like having cameras anywhere near me. It makes me sad because I can never get that time back."

Insurance worker Lee, who also lost seven stone, said: "Now, as a family, we can do a lot more. We can go swimming or go to the beach. It's great being able to go on the adventure playground with the kids and seeing how much happier it makes them."

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