By Rebecca Drew

THIS MUM has shed more than seven-stone in just a year-and-a-half after ditching fast food and sugary soda to be in the shape of her life for her wedding day.

Office manager, Donna Wise (34) from Redlands, California, USA, never played sports growing up and was overweight for all of her teenage and adult life. Donna has always had a genuine love for food, particularly for sweets and fast food, which she would sometimes eat multiple times a day, all washed down with soda. This combined with a desk based job, saw Donna tip the scales at 19st 10lbs and was a UK size 28.

Before. Donna Wise /


After seeing her 14-year-old daughter, Allison, grow up to love playing football, a newly engaged Donna was sick of hiding away in the car to gorge on fast food instead of watching her practice pitch side that she decided to motivate herself to drop the pounds. She started following fitness accounts on Instagram and kickstarted her new regime by doing Fitness Blender exercises at home and cutting out takeaway food and soda, something she hasn’t drank for nearly two-and-a-half-years.

Donna married her husband, Jacy, in May last year, is now a super-svelte 12st 7lbs.

Before. Donna Wise /


“I was really sick of always being tired and never wanting to do anything active. I started following a bunch of fitness accounts on Instagram and that made me realise why not me,” she said.

“I was also recently engaged and planning a wedding really made me think about how I wanted to look and feel on my wedding day.

Donna is now very motivated by her fitness. Donna Wise /


“Another big motivation for me is my daughter. I was never the mum that ran around with her because I was just lazy. She has been playing soccer all of her life now and to see her so active, I just realised I want to be an active mom. Now I run around the track while she is at practice instead of eating fast food in the car like I used to.

“I started with Fitness Blender YouTube workouts at home that I still do to this day. I’m not on any specific diet. I just started cutting out the fast food and trying to choose veggies more than cookies, but still having that occasional cookie.

With her daughter, Allison on her wedding day. Donna Wise /

“I just didn’t like myself before. I know that sounds horrible but it’s true. I never really felt proud of myself but now I am proud. I never really understood the self-love thing until now and it’s so important.”

Donna works out six days a week and tracks her macros using My Fitness Pal. She says that people are surprised when they see the results of her weight loss and she shared her advice to others.

Now. Donna Wise /

“The thing I found the hardest was learning to find balance and realising that it doesn’t take hours of working out and only eating salads to reach your weight loss goals,” she added.

“People are shocked when they see me. The biggest compliment is when people say I’m inspiring. I also get a lot of people saying I look so so much younger which is my favourite.

Now. Donna Wise /

“The best advice I can give is to not quit. You will want to quit. It will get hard but if you just keep trying you will get there. You can start over at any minute.”

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