Weight-loss Suc­cesses Los­ing weight was a team ef­fort for these women

Shed­ding ki­los is hard, but hav­ing a part­ner makes it eas­ier and a lot more fun. These six women lost 114kg by work­ing to­gether – check out their amaz­ing re­sults

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‘We do a 2,5km loop around the lo­cal reser­voir and talk about ev­ery­thing from re­la­tion­ships to par­ent­ing. We mix up the time of day, de­pend­ing on the weather and work sched­ules. If we’re feel­ing am­bi­tious, we’ll do two loops, a 6km walk along a lo­cal board­walk or an 8km loop along a lo­cal trail. And we al­ways high-five be­fore or af­ter the walk to cel­e­brate our progress.’ – Susie


‘I used to eat a lot of fast food and I had no dis­ci­pline with por­tions. (I’d down a bag of chips while watch­ing a movie.) My con­fi­dence was gone and my en­ergy was at an all-time low. One day in the spring of 2015, I looked in the mir­ror and said, “I have to do some­thing.” So I signed up for a pre­pared-food meal plan to help me re­set my por­tions. Now I eat oats, egg whites, a ba­nana with al­mond but­ter, sal­ads, grilled chicken,

beans, av­o­cado, broth-based soups and zuc­chini noo­dles. I feel like I’m fi­nally in con­trol, be­cause I’ve learnt how to make smart choices.’ – Laura


‘We call each other every Fri­day to dis­cuss our week­end plans and how we’re go­ing to stay on track. We text each other in­spi­ra­tional quotes once a week, like “Stay pa­tient and trust your jour­ney.”’ – Susie


‘My weight was up and down for 10 years and I could never find a per­ma­nent so­lu­tion. It felt like a roller coaster. I liked the idea of eat­ing what I wanted yet be­ing smart about it. With Weight Watch­ers, you just have to track your food, which seemed rea­son­able. When I saw how many points cer­tain foods were, I thought, Do I want to eat that?’ – Sarah


‘Every Satur­day at 8.30am, Sarah, my hus­band Tony – he’s lost 11kg – and I go to a lo­cal sup­port meet­ing where we weigh in, get tips on how to over­come strug­gles, and cel­e­brate peo­ple’s vic­to­ries.’ – Jane


‘I’ve learnt to ex­er­cise in­stead of eat­ing when I’m stressed. I’ve started walk­ing 2 to 3km out­side two to three times a week. The fresh air in­stantly puts me in a good mood, and I think of it as time to un­plug. Now I put ex­er­cise on my to-do list just like any task – it’s about com­mit­ting to my­self. My mom bought a Fit­bit and aims for 10 000 steps per day.’ – Sarah


‘One day in Jan­uary 2016, I saw a pic­ture of my­self from a fam­ily gath­er­ing and thought, What has hap­pened here? Ros­alyn had steadily gained weight af­ter our grand­mother passed away in 2013, so we both came to the re­al­i­sa­tion that it was time to change.’ – Rhonda


‘We joined our lo­cal gym and en­rolled in its 60-Day Chal­lenge, a com­pe­ti­tion that en­cour­aged us to com­mit to healthy changes and slim down in 60 days. We each lost about 4kg in the first chal­lenge, so we signed up for an­other. We felt com­pet­i­tive against oth­ers, but al­ways thought of our­selves as a team.’ – Ros­alyn


‘I used to buy a lot of junk food. Once I started work­ing out, my whole mind-set changed. The health­ier food (like veg­eta­bles, beans, nuts and seeds) is more sat­is­fy­ing and keeps me full. And I ended up sav­ing money too. Now I cook of­ten. One of my favourite meals to make is quinoa, Brus­sels sprouts and black beans.’ – Rhonda

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