Sam thanks a very steep hill in a quaint Victorian town for kick starting his weight loss with us - and what a trip it’s been so far. Read on for Sam's before and after weight loss story!
In 12 weeks, Sam lost 17 kg* and has found a diet he will stick to for life.
*In 4 months. Individual results may vary.
"I was born in Europe shortly after the war and to my parents, food was very important, possibly due to hardships they suffered during the war. We were always made to feel guilty if all our meals were not finished and there was always the lure of desert in the form of yummy cakes at the end of every meal. It is still very difficult for me to leave food on the plate and I am very envious of people who are able to control their intake."
"Slowly, over the years, I grew chubbier and chubbier and more and more unhappy with my weight which only resulted in me eating even more."
"When I began school in Australia, I realized that being chubbier than other kids made me a sought after target for teasing and bullying. My choice was either to lose weight or continue to put up with harassment. Academically I had no problems but emotionally I couldn't cope very well so I began to stay away from school - initially for a few days and eventually, few weeks at a time."
"Throughout my teenage and early adulthood years, obesity was always at the forefront of my social life and although I appeared jovial with other people, I was quite miserable inside."
"My big 'moment of truth' came about 6 months ago in a quaint Victorian country town called Daylesford. I walked with my wife Lily down a steep hill leading to a beautiful spot called Tipperary Springs."
"The walk back, climbing up the hill for about 1 km was however not so beautiful. I felt my blood pounding in my head and my breathing becoming more and more laboured. I had a feeling I was about to collapse but my manly pride prevented me from saying anything."
"At the time I was about 18kg overweight and trying to keep up with Lily who had no idea what was going on. When we finally reached the top, I told her and I decided there and then I will lose the weight and improve my fitness, and every few months, we will return to that hill and repeat the walk."
"One day, I saw a TV segment on a current affair program about a new method for losing weight proposed by CSIRO. Having worked in research myself, I knew and respected the work carried out by this organization."
"There was one particular feature of the program that drew my attention. That feature was the promise to reimburse the initial $199 joining fee provided I made a conscientious effort to lose weight by following the simple directions."
"I happen to love challenges and here was a challenge that promised to change my lifestyle, make me fitter and healthier, teach me simple, easy-to-follow techniques and supply me with motivational tools to keep track of my progress. I spoke to Lily who sensed my enthusiasm, reminded me of the hill in Daylesford and almost insisted I join."
"Having now lost the weight to a level I wanted, I can openly say that I feel happier, more confident and more satisfied with life. Health risks such as blood pressure and cholesterol have come right down and I feel extremely fit and ready to race the grandkids. Life can indeed be fun just by eating more vegies and less cake."
"I always used to think that the main purpose in losing weight is to look good but I now believe that it’s about living a satisfying and wholesome life."
"Losing weight is not simply to be thinner but to be fitter and healthier. For example I can now run 10 km and not run out of breath. I can play footy with our grandkids and not run out of puff. I can even cross my legs quite effortlessly but most of all I always remember Tipperary Springs Road in Daylesford."
*Individual results may vary