Get­ting a kick­start to weight loss

Dubbo Photo News - - NEWS - By YVETTE AUBUSSON-FO­LEY

IN the last cou­ple of weeks, there’s been a grow­ing num­ber of Dubbo re­gion res­i­dents find­ing a hope that’s been miss­ing in their lives for a long, long time. An­nette Web­ber is one of them.

Fol­low­ing a chance en­counter on the street, Mrs Web­ber has stepped onto solid ground from which to tackle a weight prob­lem which she says has left her ut­terly de­pressed.

“I was very sick just over two years ago. I couldn’t even shower my­self. I was obese. Badly di­a­betic, I couldn’t breathe. My life was hell,” she ad­mit­ted to

“My son said I had to stop and do a diet with him be­cause if I didn’t, they were go­ing to bury me.

“I did it. I lost 32 ki­los with his sup­port. I was so blessed,” Mrs Web­ber said.

Surgery in Thai­land to re­move excess skin ended, how­ever, with in­fec­tion and fur­ther ill­ness. Seven more op­er­a­tions later, Mrs Web­ber be­came de­pressed and turned to food as so­lace.

“I put weight back on and I’m a lot big­ger than I want to be.”

Then last week sit­ting in a car on Tal­bra­gar Street she was com­plain­ing to her sister how she wanted to lose the weight, but didn’t have the “oomph”.

“Then when I got out of the car, all of a sud­den, here they are. My prayers were an­swered. I’ve been on such a high know­ing these ladies are go­ing to help me,” Mrs Web­ber said.

‘These ladies’ are founders of the Su­per­fast­diet, Vic­to­ria Black and Gen David­son, who are run­ning the Down­siz­ing Dubbo com­mu­nity ini­tia­tive, a free eight-week pro­gram.

Open to res­i­dents of Dubbo, Welling­ton and Nar­romine, the pro­gram is not a quick fix but a com­pre­hen­sive kick­start to weight loss sup­ported by diet ad­vice and ex­er­cise, all free and with on­go­ing sup­port.

Trangie lo­cal David Du­gan has also signed on.

“I’m fairly ambitious to lose weight. I’m 110kg now and I’d love to lose 8kg in the eight weeks, I’d be over the moon with that. My op­ti­mum weight would be about 85kg. I’ve tried ev­ery­thing but not for a while.

“I love drinking al­co­hol. It’s a favourite thing, but I’ve given up drinking.

“I’m off the grog and I’ve lost Dubbo lo­cal An­nette Web­ber (sec­ond from right) has de­cided to lose weight, with help from sister Ch­eryl Web­ber (left), and Down­siz­ing Dubbo’s Gen David­son and Vic­to­ria Black. a bit of weight just from that, so now I’m in a good po­si­tion to lose a bit more weight, and this will be a ves­sel to help me do that,” he said.

zDown­siz­ing Dubbo’s

eightweek com­mu­nity ini­tia­tive launches at the Mac­quarie Inn on Thurs­day night, Au­gust 29, at 6pm, and be­gins on Sun­day, Septem­ber 1.

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