Super-slimmers Danielle Barker and David Houseman certainly know the meaning of BIG love.
The devoted couple from Armley, Leeds – who once tipped the scales at more than 20 stone each – have lost an incredible 14 stones between them in just a year.
And today, as they celebrate another ‘magic 14’ – Valentine’s Day – their love is bigger than ever, despite their waistlines shrinking massively.
Danielle, 25, said the joint weight loss, along with the couple’s increased confidence and renewed closeness, is “the best possible Valentine’s Day gift”.
The couple, who are parents to Jessica, eight, Kieran, seven, and David, three, have been together since their teens.
Their weight started creeping up when the stress of a hectic family life – and frequent hospital trips with two of their children, who are severely ill – led to comfort eating and a fast-food-laden diet.
At her largest, Danielle was 21 stone and a size 28. David, 28, also ballooned to 21 stone and wore XXXL size clothes.
After Danielle joined her local Slimming World class, David decided to support her by following the plan at home. And a year later, the slimline couple are loving their new looks – and loving each other even more!
“Once I saw the first pounds coming off I was buzzing and there was no stopping me,” Danielle said.
“I’m really over the moon.
“David started the plan to support me and he has continued to do that.
“It seems like we have a new relationship now, we are much closer. “We have always been close but we are cuddling more, and we take time do things like going to the gym.
“He’s definitely been a fantastic support.
“It’s a great Valentine’s Day present – the best present ever.”
David added: “I can see a lot more confidence in her now and she’s happier.
“I always thought she was gorgeous and I always said it, but she never believed me.
“It’s renewed our relationship and we are closer than ever.”
Danielle and David have lost over seven stone each since joining Slimming World at Armley Leisure Centre exactly a year ago. The couple have just been named regional Couple of the Year by the diet group.