Truckie feels great, sheds 60kg

At 145kg Bren­don knew he had to turn his life around

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BREN­DON Milliner’s 60kg plus weight loss was so dra­matic that some fam­ily mem­bers barely recog­nised him.

The Wagga Wagga-based in­ter­state truck driver, who had been a “solid fella pretty much all my life” was con­stantly strug­gling with his weight and life­style. He tipped the scales at 145kg and de­cided he was sick of “feel­ing crap” all the time.

So he and his part­ner, who was also over­weight, headed to Rive­rina Hyp­nother­apy for a week­end seminar. There, they learnt about the body and mind, what trig­gered their stress eat­ing pat­terns and how to break them.

“Jan­uary last year for New Year’s was the last time we had a drink and we started (chang­ing our life­styles) in mid Jan­uary,” Bren­don sad.

“I’ve lost 61kg and my part­ner 64kg, it’s dra­mat­i­cally changed our lives.

“Lit­er­ally fam­ily didn’t know who we were, we’ve been to a few meet-ups with peo­ple and they had no idea who we were, they had to ask our par­ents.”

Bren­don said the weight loss came down to a life­style change, which was sim­ply meal plan­ning.

“My part­ner works in child­care and I’m five or six days a week on the road in the truck, for us it’s all about meal plan­ning. I take it all at the start of the week and cook in my 12 volt oven, I cook it all as I go,” he said.

He said he was bring­ing his meals with him on the road be­fore, but it was all the wrong kind of food and large por­tion sizes.

“It was pre-made stuff from Woolies, too much carbs and pasta,” he said.

“In my mind I was do­ing the right thing, but the meals were too big and the eat­ing on the go had to

❝I feel way bet­ter now I’m not so heavy, the body’s lighter and not rat­tling around (in the cab), you don’t feel ev­ery bump, you’re not bounc­ing up and down. It makes such a dif­fer­ence and ev­ery­thing is about the mind.

— Bren­don Milliner

stop.”

Now, 12 months down the track, Bren­don is feel­ing fan­tas­tic.

“I feel way bet­ter now I’m not so heavy, the body’s lighter and not rat­tling around (in the cab), you don’t feel ev­ery bump, you’re not bounc­ing up and down. It makes such a dif­fer­ence and ev­ery­thing is about the mind,” he said.

“Once you’ve made a change, it’s a change that’s go­ing to stay for­ever. It’s about tak­ing time for your­self and not eat­ing those things and over-in­dulging in stuff you shouldn’t, it just changes your whole mind­set for the bet­ter.”

Be­fore the weight loss, Bren­don said a typ­i­cal day would see him skip break­fast, do what­ever he needed to do with the truck, head into town grab a ba­con and egg roll, then sand­whiches for lunch and McDon­ald’s at tea time.

Now, he’s drink­ing four litres of wa­ter each day, a le­mon and honey drink in the morn­ing, fruit, steak and veg­eta­bles for lunch, tuna in the af­ter­noon and then chicken and veg­eta­bles for din­ner.

Bren­don said he’d no­ticed a trend among the truck­ing com­mu­nity and “blokes are say­ing ‘no, I can’t do that any more’”.

“There’s a big change com­ing and it’ll be for the bet­ter. Road­houses are start­ing to pull their fin­ger out and pro­vide dif­fer­ent food, not all the deep fried greasy crap.”

He urged driv­ers to check out the 12 Volt Truck­ies group on Face­book to find healthy recipes (see p42).

Bren­don Milliner and his part­ner Bec Spry be­fore they started their weight loss jour­ney.

PHO­TOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

FIT AND HEALTHY: Bren­don Milliner and his part­ner Bec Spry have a new zest for life.

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