TAMARA-LEE MARTIN, CAMIRA, QUEENSLAND
“I had a difficult childhood, which resulted in a negative body image. As a teen, I would go for days starving myself, and when I finally ate, it was convenience foods, so my body stored the fat.
“I took antidepressants from the age of 21. My husband Paul, 35, and I have three kids, Anthony, 19, Curtis, 13, and Shaylyn, 9. Curtis has borderline autism and ADHD, so for years I took him to speech therapy and physio. I put my family’s needs before my own.
“I felt fat and worthless. I took the kids to school and then I sat inside all day and sometimes cried. I became a virtual recluse. I had suffered from depression my whole life, but by the end of last year I was at my lowest point.
“Then in January this year I saw an advert for a weight-loss program called Bodytrim. I bought some scales, ordered the DVD and followed it religiously. Within weeks I saw results.
“It was like I was being set free. I woke up with energy. My kids were thrilled when I began to kick a football with them. I now weigh 59.8 kilos, but the best part is my change of mindset. I’m off antidepressants for the first time in my adult life and I feel amazing. It is certainly fair to say that my weight loss saved my life. I used to think my life was over, now I know it’s just beginning.”