Kerry put on the weight after losing her partner for whom she had been caring through a longer period of illness. The loss left her depressed, lacking confidence and with low self esteem.
She managed to pull herself through the tough times, lost 20kg* in the process and is today looking absolutely amazing!
*In 7 months. Individual results may vary.
What was the 'moment of truth' when you knew you had to lose weight?
I saw a psychologist for my depression and low self esteem and she helped me through my problems and overcoming my grief - which was making me overeat.
After seeing the Total Wellbeing Diet discussed on Channel 10, I went to the site and worked out my BMI and that was it. Before I joined, it seemed like an easy program to follow.
Were there moments when you wanted to give up?
Once I started, I never thought about giving up. I became completely focused on losing the weight!
I had a good support system around me that also helped and as the weight disappeared, I felt so much better in myself.
What do you think made you successful?
I stayed focused, completed my diary every day and my confidence and self esteem just kept increasing.
I have never felt this confident in my entire life!
What do you do now that you never thought you would be able to do before?
I go out and socialise, wear nice clothes and enjoy clothes shopping. I don't even mind having my photo taken - I used to hide behind everyone else.
How has your life changed?
I get lots of comments on how well I look and even my mother can't get over how I've changed. She says I have gone from a mouse to a very confident person.
I've purchased a treadmill to try to stick to my exercise program. I also walk the dog every day and I plan my meals for the week ahead.
In the future, I want to keep the weight off, of course, but also live a healthy and fulfilling life.
Kerry's top tips for losing weight
- Just make the decision, stay focused on do it.
- As your clothes start getting too big - get rid of them and buy new ones
- If you're going out or going away, always look for the healthy option on the menu
*Individual results may vary