Stay resolute and lose kilos
WITH many hoping to shed their excess post-Christmas kilos, two of Ipswich’s ‘biggest losers’ have shared their weight loss tips.
Weight Watchers Ipswich leaders Janelle Bauer and Leila Saunderson said the group typically had an influx of new members after the New Year and when the kids went back to school.
But with many quitting by about Easter, Mrs Saunderson said people had to be prepared to put in the hard work and commit to changing their lifestyle.
Between them the women have lost close to 70kg.
Mrs Saunderson said because of back problems and the threat of a looming operation, she made the decision to lose weight in 2000.
She reached her goal weight in 2002, after losing 23kg.
Given her family history of heart disease, Janelle Bauer, once weighing in at 111kg, knew she had to lose weight.
“I lost 19kg before joining Weight Watchers and once I joined lost a lot more,” she said.
“I reached my goal in February 2006, losing a total of 46kg all up.”
Now physically active with exercise such as tennis, Mrs Bauer said a sedentary lifestyle had led to her weight gain.
“I would lie in front of the TV with chocolate,” she said.
Mrs Saunderson said she also had some bad habits.
“I used to sit down with a family-sized block of Caramello and a can of Coke,” she said.
“Now it’s probably something like Greek yoghurt and fruit.”
While she once loved her sleep-ins, Mrs Saunderson’s new morning routine includes getting up about 5.30am and going for a walk or a swim.
The women said to see resolutions through, people should set realistic short-term and long-term goals, get support from family and friends and plan exercise they enjoyed into their normal routines.
A realestate.com.au New Year’s resolution survey found quitting smoking also featured highly this year, with 28 per cent of respondents saying they wanted to kick the habit.
And getting the finances back in shape was another must-do, with 31 per cent of people saying they wanted to get rid of their credit cards and consolidate debt.
Twenty-one per cent of respondents wanted to buy their first home and 33 per cent were keen to invest in property.
To learn more about Weight Watchers, visit www.weightwatchers.com.au or phone 13 19 97
An introduction morning will be held on Saturday, January 8, from 9am at the Ipswich Corporate Centre at 16 East Street