Hatfield dad loses just over 7 stone to fight painful arthritis

David Coone before and after his weight loss journey. Picture: Supplied.

David Coone before and after his weight loss journey. Picture: Supplied.

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A Hatfield man who had to leave work due to his painful arthritis is working and walking again after losing 100 pounds.

David Coone before. Picture: Supplied. David Coone before. Picture: Supplied.

David Coone’s knee gave in to arthritis in August 2016 and the Royal Mail postman was offered medical retirement.

While not working David couldn’t exercise due to his knee and kept putting weight on.

After the New Year in 2017 he went straight to Weight Watchers and joined a group in Welwyn Garden City.

At the time the dad-of-three had resorted to using a walking stick to get around, not being able to walk far because of the pain in his knees.

David Coone After. Picture: Supplied. David Coone After. Picture: Supplied.

During his first week he lost 9 pounds which he says gave him the motivation to keep going, and within a month he had given up the walking stick.

As the former Onslow School pupil [now Onslow St Audrey’s] continued to lose weight over the course of six months he started to get around more easily.

In January David could only manage about 1,500 steps a day but by July he started to push himself to do more and was hitting 8,000 and sometimes 14,000.

David, who by August had lost 3 and a half stone, said: “My confidence in myself was much higher than it had been all year.”

While 55-year-old David was looking for a job, Weight Watchers started a recruitment drive and his consultant encouraged him to apply.

He was accepted onto their training programme in October and is now running four of his own groups, in Panshanger, two in Hatfield and in London Colney.

This week David stepped on the scales to discover that he has now lost 100 pounds.

David, who has earned the nick name ‘2 pounds’ because he generally loses that a week, added: “I am thoroughly enjoying this journey, and am looking forward to the future with the help of Weight Watchers Flex as a great foundation to a healthier lifestyle.

“I am not at my goal yet, but now I know it is possible to reach and I can share my journey and motivate others on theirs also.”

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