A Custom House mum hula hoops her way to better health

PUBLISHED: 07:00 12 December 2016

Cheryl enjoying a day out after losing seven stone in bodyweight

Cheryl enjoying a day out after losing seven stone in bodyweight


A mother who used to struggle to get off the sofa is now hula-hooping in her front room after losing the equivalent of 7 Christmas turkeys in weight.

Cheryl Callender’s weight dropped from 19 stone to 76 kilogrammes thanks to a change of diet and her hoop spinning exercise regime.

A teacing assistant at Edith Kerrison Nursery School in Canning Town, Cheryl, joined Weight Watchers just before starting the physiotherapy she hoped would ease her aching joints. She was also suffering from high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

“It all made me feel quite low. I didn’t have a lot of energy. I didn’t feel that good about myself,” she said.

Cheryl, who has two children, a 21-year-old son Keenan and daughter Thea aged 10, said the support she got from other dieters helped give her back the control over her health she craved.

“My buddy Jenny and I have a common understanding. We’ve been going to Weight Watchers meetings for the last couple of years. We support each other through the low times.”

Now the 48-year-old dines on what she calls “fake aways”, home-cooked alternatives to the fast food she used to eat every day, and completes her hula-hooping exploits in her living room while listening to her favourite dance version of Whitney Houston’s hit “I’m Every Woman”.

Speaking about her new hobby, Cheryl, from Custom House, said: “It’s easy and fun to do and helps tone and shape the body.

“My son and daughter have had a go, but because of space restrictions they usually have to vacate the room,” she added.

Slimmer Cheryl has also noticed a difference at work: “I’m up and down with the children now. I would have to say my life has been transformed. I’ve got a more positive outlook. I feel more in control.”

A Sunday School teacher who attends Ascension Church in Custom House, Cheryl now hopes to inspire others: “I believe anything can be achieved. Never give up.”

But with Christmas approaching, does Cheryl fear putting the pounds back on?

“Last Christmas I actually lost weight,” she said proudly.

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