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.
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.” #