Katie Young (left) of Karana Downs on the scales at Karalee Pharmacy which is holding a 12-week weight-loss challenge organised by Jo Jeske (right).
Katie Young (left) of Karana Downs on the scales at Karalee Pharmacy which is holding a 12-week weight-loss challenge organised by Jo Jeske (right). David Nielsen

Weighty challenge for Ipswich mum

IT TOOK seeing herself in a family snapshot for Katie Young to make the decision that she had to lose weight.

The 33-year-old mother of two at her heaviest weighed about 76kg, and now three years later is 63kg.

Despite her 13kg weight loss, the Karana Downs resident is among a group of 39 people who have signed up for the Kate Morgan 12-week weight-loss challenge.

Mrs Young said her aim was to lose another 5kg.

She said as a cake decorator, temptation meant her weight had fluctuated since the initial big loss.

“Usually I am around 62 or 64kg,” Mrs Young said.

“But with cakes around me I have to be really careful.”

Initially losing her earlier weight through the Kate Morgan program, she said the program had taught her what foods she could and could not eat if she wanted to lose weight.

She said she had also learnt to opt for side dishes such as salads instead of starchy vegetables such as potato and pumpkin.

Conducted through the Karalee Chemmart Pharmacy, the challenge encourages individuals or teams of four to sign up to lose weight.

The overall winner will receive a prize package including a gown, makeover, photo shoot and a meal for two, while teams of four will go into the draw to win a sports and entertainment package.

The winners will be the person or people with the highest percentage of body fat lost over the challenge period.

Challenge co-ordinator Jo Jeske said a walking group would also be run in conjunction with the challenge.

The group will meet every Saturday at 6am outside the pharmacy on Junction Road at Chuwar.

She said weigh-ins would also be run weekly for participants.

The challenge starts tomorrow.

For more details, call 3812 1397.



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