During my life there had been a pattern of weight gain due to a failed marriage, another failed relationship which left me to bringing up a young boy with autism and a death of a partner. Rather turn to drugs and alcohol I turned to food for comfort and a way to escape, or to obtain some pleasure in my life.
I tried Weight Watches, Jenny Craig, and Terry White but unfortunately they did not seem to work for me. I was desperate, I had heard about lap band surgery and decided that was for me. I did lose weight but it was not as fast as I had hoped and I could not eat a lot of different foods. I found that even the texture of food was a problem at times which caused me to vomit. I managed to lose over 20 kg and had hit a plateau. My weight started to go up again and I was scared of putting the weight I had lost.
I could see a pattern taking place and with my weight starting to increase, a lack of motivation was starting to set in. I was feeling depressed and had seen a couple of people who had the Lap Band Surgery put all the weight back on and more. I also knew a lady in the village who put so much weight on she was bedridden, ended up in a nursing home and died in her 70’s. I did not want that to be me. I needed support and motivation beside my family and I wanted to live so I could spend more time with my boyfriend, son, daughter and grandchildren and to enjoy my life again.
My son and daughter had also put a lot of weight on so I thought by me losing weight and getting fit and healthy I could be the encouragement they needed to improve their health as well.
I have increased my fitness levels dramatically, due to Zumba a few times a week, plus the Curves workout and walking 3 to 4 days a week.
I can go into a store and buy normal clothes size 14 (now that is an achievement).
Plus I am receiving compliments from family, work colleges and friends.
I am enjoying my life I feel more confident and more alive and more able to do things.
I was talking to my boyfriend and we were discussing some of the benefits I have experienced in losing weight and one was to be able to do my shoe laces up easily without my stomach getting in the road and to be able to bend down and pick up things with ease.
The doctor has taken me off the blood pressure tablets. I had my blood pressure checked at the clinic in Koorawatha from a clinic sister who had not seen me in a couple of years she was amazed at how well I am plus how good I look and commented on my skin tone being so good.
I mentioned I wanted to be a role model for my family as well. My boyfriend was a role model to me when he lost 20 kg. My son has lost 30 kg and my daughter has lost over 15 kg as well since I started my weight lost journey – and I have lost nearly 50kg, and thanks to Curves I am keeping it off this time!