VIVA LAS VE­GAS Vic­to­ria Dun­can’s US wed­ding was her mo­ti­va­tion to get healthy

A lav­ish sur­prise pro­posal gave Vic­to­ria Dun­can the mo­ti­va­tion to stick to her healthy plan so she could look and feel her best on her Las Ve­gas wed­ding day.

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In De­cem­ber 2015, Vic­to­ria Dun­can’s boyfriend, ra­dio pro­ducer Chang Hung, pro­posed to her at Mt Smart Sta­dium in Auckland. The en­gage­ment was very pub­lic; a video was shared on the web­site of the com­pany where Chang works. “I could see my­self from ev­ery an­gle!” says Vic­to­ria. “I was wear­ing a black dress and felt like I was burst­ing out of it. I thought, ‘I need to get rid of this weight.’”

Vic­to­ria joined Weight Watch­ers the fol­low­ing month. “I’d done it be­fore and knew that it worked,” she says. But a dif­fi­cult year of mov­ing cities, from Welling­ton to Auckland, her mother be­ing di­ag­nosed with cancer, and a trip back to Ire­land to see her fam­ily in Christ­mas 2016 took its toll, and though she had man­aged to lose 6kg she was strug­gling to reach her Goal.

“So when I got back from hol­i­day I was re­ally fo­cused as I only had three months to go be­fore my wed­ding day,” she says.

Once back in New Zealand, Vic­to­ria was 100 per cent com­mit­ted to track­ing ev­ery day and she started do­ing per­sonal train­ing ses­sions four times a week. “I love ex­er­cise but I’ll find any ex­cuse to get out of it,” she says. “I got up at six ev­ery morn­ing and, once I was out the door, I was good to go.”

An­other small but im­por­tant change she made was eat­ing break­fast ev­ery morn­ing – she’d have All-bran or por­ridge, and weigh her por­tion out the night be­fore. “I eat my ce­real be­fore I leave for train­ing, have a coffee and go. On Sundays I do some meal prep­ping, such as roast­ing ve­g­ies,

I feel so much more com­fort­able in my own skin.

so I can make sal­ads dur­ing the week. In the evenings, I usu­ally make chicken or vegie stir-fries for din­ner.”

One of the big­gest ob­sta­cles was at­tend­ing all the events Chang gets in­vited to, as they of­ten in­volve an abun­dance of food and plenty of al­co­hol. “Re­sist­ing can be tough, but my mantra was, ‘It’s for your wed­ding, it’s for your wed­ding’ and hav­ing that in mind all the time made it easy,” says Vic­to­ria. In the lead-up to the big day, she lost an­other 6kg. “I would have liked to lose a bit more, but I had gained mus­cle, too, so I took that into ac­count.”

Vic­to­ria and Chang got mar­ried in Las Ve­gas on March 17 this year – St Pa­trick’s Day – the an­niver­sary of when they of­fi­cially started dat­ing. “We had 24 guests there from all around the world and more watch­ing via live stream­ing cam­era,” says Vic­to­ria. “My dress was very fit­ted and I was very happy with how toned my arms and tummy looked. I had an amaz­ing mas­sage be­fore the wed­ding and that re­ally helped me to de-stress and stay cen­tred. I had my nails and eye­lashes done be­fore I left for LA. We also had an amaz­ing team of makeup artists – the Miguel Julio Beauty Mo­bile Glam Squad. It was re­ally fun – there was lots of gig­gles and jok­ing around.”

Af­ter the hon­ey­moon, Vic­to­ria put on a few ki­los but is now back on track and is more de­ter­mined than ever to stick to her healthy plan. “I still do per­sonal train­ing ses­sions and I’m do­ing an al­co­hol-free month,” she says. “I did a half-marathon a few years ago and now that I’m run­ning again I’m hop­ing to do an­other this year.”

She also loves go­ing for walks with her hus­band. As of­ten as they can, they ex­plore the trails around Auckland. “I feel re­ally lucky to have met Chang. He loves me no mat­ter what and sup­ports me through the good, the bad and the crazy times.” #

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