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From flab to fab: Purga mum now 42 kilos lighter

AFTER: Sylvia Berry has made a remarkable transformation.
AFTER: Sylvia Berry has made a remarkable transformation. Contributed

 

BEFORE: Sylvia Berry
BEFORE: Sylvia Berry Contributed

WHEN Purga mum Sylvia Berry was about to attend her first Weight Watchers meeting, she asked friends if they would like to join her.

Unfortunately, there were no takers.

But that didn't stop the 52-year-old from embarking on her weight loss journey alone.

Almost six months later, Mrs Berry said many of her friends were now regretting not having gone with her.

The mother of three has lost 42kg and gone from flab to fab.

Her weight loss success has put Mrs Berry in the running to be Weight Watchers Slimmer of the Year 2014.

The part-time receptionist said she had wanted to lose weight out of concern for her health.

"When I was younger I was extremely athletic," she said.

"My twin sister Sonya and I were always involved in physical activities like swimming in running."

Mrs Berry said she had suffered from an under-active thyroid for 18 years which had caused her to gain weight.

She also battled thyroid cancer in 1996.

Before she began her weight loss efforts, she tipped the scales at 112kg.

Her diet program utilised a system where foods were assigned points.

Mrs Berry said it allowed her to count and control the total points of the food she had each day.

On top of that, she walked 11km a day - 5km in the morning and 6km in the evening - always with her cattledog Beau.

"I won't lie, losing weight was a struggle," she said. "I achieved success out of sheer determination.

"This diet plan really worked for me and once I started losing weight I just wanted to keep going."

Mrs Berry, who once described herself as "a big boofa" said she now weighed 70.9kg and never felt better.

"If I don't win the Slimmer of the Year title, I won't be too bothered," she said.

"I already feel like I have won."

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