Mother-of-two Paula gradually put on weight due to her busy life as a teacher, combined with too much eating out, alcohol and takeaway. But after joining the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet, Paula lost 20 kgs and took back control over her nutrition!
Starting Weight: 84 kg
Current Weight: 64 kg
Total Loss: 20 kg*
* In 31 weeks. Individual results may vary.
I have always been active and exercised, but never paid much attention to better choices of food such as low GI.
I'm a teacher so I have structure most of the year, but school holidays were always a 'free for all'. I would have a few alcoholic drinks every night with cheese and dips and at the weekends we would always eat out or order takeaway where no food was off-limits.
I stopped looking at myself in full-length mirrors and bought my clothes online from the same brands so I could just order size 16 and not try any on!
My youngest daughter was voted school captain and I looked at the photos taken of my family at the celebration. I looked uncomfortable in my clothes and I had made sure I was as close to the back of the group as possible (which is difficult when you're only 5 ft 6). I just didn't want my daughter to be embarrassed by me in such an important year for her.
I lost weight years earlier for my 40th birthday by using appetite suppressants, however, when I stopped taking them my appetite returned and I hadn't learned any better eating habits.
So when I saw the story of one of the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet members on the TV talking about his weight loss I thought - he's a Brissy boy, why can't a Brissy girl do the same!
I enjoy exercise so much more now as I don't get out of breath easily. Teaching five days a week means those afternoons aren't always free but I am up at 5am and exercise before work, there are no excuses now.
I also enjoy shopping for clothes!
I want to continue this healthy attitude toward food and encourage my daughters and husband to continue with me.
That this is a lifestyle change, not a quick fix. Healthy eating isn't difficult - it just takes a little bit more time and organisation.
That one bad day doesn't mean you give up. Cop it on the chin, pull up your socks and start fresh the next day.