Essie loses 45kg, cured of pre-di­a­betes


Four years ago, Auck­land woman Essie Sa­muels could not have imag­ined her­self los­ing any weight, let alone 45 kilo­grams.

The One­hunga res­i­dent tipped the scales at 130kg.

She was di­ag­nosed pre­di­a­betic, had trou­ble with asthma from years of chain smok­ing and she loved fast food.

In 2012, Sa­muels, 61, joined the One­hunga Green Pre­scrip­tion (GRx) pro­gramme and be­gan trans­form­ing her life.

Run by the MIn­istry of Health the GRx ini­tia­tive is a health pro­fes­sional’s writ­ten ad­vice to a pa­tient or their fam­ily to en­cour­age and sup­port them be­com­ing more phys­i­cally ac­tive and eat health­ier as part of a to­tal health plan.

The pill-less pre­scrip­tion helps peo­ple with health con­di­tions that would ben­e­fit from phys­i­cal ex­er­cise, in­clud­ing obe­sity and type two di­a­betes.

The GRx pro­gramme also boosts con­fi­dence, en­ergy, choles­terol lev­els, im­proves sugar lev­els and sleep­ing habits, re­duces stress and low­ers blood pres­sure.

It also re­duces the risk of some types of cancer and in­creases flex­i­bil­ity.

‘‘I used to eat any­thing and I wasn’t healthy at all.

It was hard at first,’’ Sa­muels says.

‘‘I never went to the gym, never ate healthy - that wasn’t me.’’

To­day, Sa­muels calls her­self a gym junkie.

She’s at the One­hunga War Me­mo­rial Pool and Leisure Cen- tre five days a week.

‘‘I love it.

‘‘I can’t imag­ine my life with­out go­ing to the gym now.

‘‘I’ve been do­ing it for four years and I’ve seen the dif­fer­ence it’s had in my life.’’

Sa­muels is no longer pre­di­a­betic and has dropped six dress sizes since.

Gone are the days when she used to de­vour food with lots of car­bo­hy­drates and fat.

She en­joys healthy meals now, even just a boiled egg for dinner some­times.

‘‘I used to be a size 26, I can eas­ily fit into a size 18, size 16 now.

‘‘Even my part­ner calls me a new woman be­cause I’m not the obese, un­healthy per­son I once was.

‘‘I love life more, I en­joy it and my body is so used to liv­ing healthy that there is noth­ing else left to be but to re­main healthy for as long as I live.’’


Essie Sa­muels lost 45kgs fol­low­ing the Min­istry of Health’s Green Pre­scrip­tion Pro­gramme.

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