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Shelley Sheppard, 45, Nottinghamshire

Twirling in front of the mirror, I was grinning from ear to ear. ‘You look fantastic, Mum,’ my daughter Chloe, 24, said proudly, commenting on my recent weight loss. ‘How much have you lost? You look like a new woman!’

It was true – I looked and felt like a much better version of the ‘old’ Shelley, and had lost over 6st.

As a mum of five wonderful girls – Alesha, 25, Chloe, 24, Keira, 21, Kaylea, 18, and Shannon, 16 – they’d helped me buy lots of new outfits so I could show off my new svelte figure.

But I kept feeling dizzy, and thought maybe I should stop trying to push myself too hard at the gym.

‘Thanks love, I do feel so much better about myself,’ I answered.

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