In April 2017, I had just had my 30th birthday party and when the full body photos were shown to me I was horrified at how big I was.
Internally I never realised how big I actually had got. I played netball, I exercised but I ate way too much.
At the beginning, I weighed 135kg. I was consistently waking during the night and in the morning with terrible hip pain.
After having 3 children, I put all my time and energy into raising my young family and owning my own hairdressing salon I had put my own needs to the side and forgotten to look after myself.
I finally said “enough is enough.” and I started my weight loss journey by myself. I stuck to this for 8-10 months and I lost 17kg. However, my old lifestyle was starting to creep back in and I had put 6kg back on. I decided it was my time to reach out for help, I couldn’t do it on my own anymore.
In August 2018 I weighed 124kg. As an overweight person all my whole life I have often felt that some people in the medical industry can make you feel bad about yourself and be quite rude when talking about your weight. But this was now not the case. I found a place that I would not be judged. Through my weight loss journey, I have learnt so much about food. In particular how I can fuel my body, good carbohydrates, bad carbohydrates, good fats, bad fats and protein. I also learnt about how much I should have of different foods, as one of my main issues was not what I ate but how much I ate.
It has not always been an easy journey, I have had lots of good days and a few bad days. Although, if I eat something wrong I just try to get back on track ASAP rather than letting it defeat me.
I have been on this program for 8 months and I have lost an amazing 25kg totalling to 36kg, – that is almost the equivalent of my 7yr old son.
At the beginning of this process I set myself 5kg mini goals but my main goals was to get under 100kg. I have just recently achieved my main goal, I can’t remember the last time I was under 100kg. This was a HUGE achievement for myself.
One of my family goals with my weight loss journey was to take my family to Queensland and go to the theme parks. My biggest fear was trying to take one of my kids on a ride and being escorted off the ride as I was too overweight to ride with my children. Now, instead of being scared to go, I’m super excited to take my kids to the theme parks, which was something I loved doing as a kid.
This journey has not only helped me but it has also aided my husband to lose 25kg and my children are eating really healthily and learning to have a good relationship with food. I love that I’m still eating dinner with them every night, maybe a small variation to my meal but basically we eat the same food. This was something very important to me as I believe sitting with your family around the dinner table and eating together is a very important moment and I’m so glad I can do that on this diet.
I know that it won’t be easy but I feel like I am able to keep my weight off long term now and enjoy the healthier me!