Dawn's lost 60kg
FOUR years ago Dawn Davey stood at the bottom of Brassall's steep Macrae St, determined to climb to its summit and kick-start her quest for weight loss.
Her goal was to reach the peak once and begin to shed some of her 136kg frame.
She achieved her goal and on Saturday Mrs Davey returned to her humble beginnings.
The mother of four pulled on a 60kg rucksack and headed up the incline again to take a step back in time to signify how far she had come.
The 38-year-old, who now tips the scales at just 76kg, said reaching the top was just as difficult as it was the first time around.
"You know the weight is all over your body, but you just don't realise how big it is.
"I see people struggling to walk and I say to myself how can I help them, but they have to want to do it themselves."
The rucksack idea formed after Mrs Davey approached her personal trainer Jeff Williams during a period when she was struggling to maintain her training intensity.
He said the challenge of returning to her fitness roots was a brilliant idea and she had come a long way.
"It's been a massive transformation, not just in fitness levels, but she has grown as a person. She's a lot stronger," he said.
Next on Mrs Davey's list is the 48 hour, 100km Oxfam Trailwalker starting on June 15.
To raise money for the event, Mrs Davey will hold a charity boot camp on April 21 and donate proceeds to Oxfam.
The camp costs $15 and begins at 7am at Limestone Park.
For more information email Ms Davey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mrs Davey plans to take on Macrae St twice more with her 60kg backpack.
During her peak training period she exercised up to four hours a day.
She lost 46kg under the guidance of her personal trainer.