Down 27kg and feel­ing good

Con­fi­dence grows as the num­ber on scales falls

Isis Town and Country - - Life - Jodie Dixon Reporter jodie.dixon@isistc­news.com.au

OUR love of food and lack of in­ter­est in ex­er­cise has cre­ated an epi­demic of obe­sity around Aus­tralia.

Re­gional ar­eas are find­ing it most dif­fi­cult to bat­tle the bulge, with one in three peo­ple fall­ing into the cat­e­gory of be­ing obese.

For one lo­cal lady the turn­ing point was see­ing a photo of her­self at the Ap­ple Tree Creek Me­mo­rial Hall.

Cathy Col­lier said she was hor­ri­fied when Ap­ple Tree Creek Hall vol­un­teer Sharon Gan­der showed her the pic­ture of her­self.

“I al­most died when I looked at my­self, it was aw­ful,” the 67-year-old said.

She knew then and there needed to do some­thing about it.

“I never weighed my­self, (but) at my heav­i­est I was about 115kg.

“I signed up with Weight Watch­ers and I never looked back.”

Be­fore join­ing Weight Watch­ers she strug­gled to walk 20m.

As the weight came off her con­fi­dence grew, along with her health and fit­ness.

“I had a long list of health is­sues and now I am a new per­son,” she said.

As a re­minder of how far she has come she keeps a me­mento of her for­mer self in her purse.

The frayed photo shows her sit­ting on the bench at the me­mo­rial hall.

A shadow of her for­mer self, she is look­ing and feel­ing 15 years younger and glows with con­fi­dence.

Cathy Col­lier I al­most died when I looked at my­self, it was aw­ful.

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON

TRIMMED DOWN: Cathy Col­lier has lost 27kg to date and couldn't be any hap­pier.

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