WHO - - Wellness -

Liv­ing in West­ern Aus­tralia, away from friends and fam­ily, and with a new­born and 2-year-old to care for, Vic­to­ria Wil­liamson turned to food to cope with stress and lone­li­ness.

“I was never an emo­tional eater but I started com­fort eat­ing to get me through the days,” she said. “It was over­whelm­ing as I was breast­feed­ing and look­ing af­ter a toddler and my hus­band worked six days a week. It was hard.”

At her heav­i­est, Wil­liamson said she was big­ger than when she was preg­nant with her sec­ond child, Lucy, and found her­self too ashamed to go to the park with her girls be­cause of her weight.

When the fam­ily moved back to Queens­land’s Gold Coast in De­cem­ber 2015, Wil­liamson, now a sin­gle mother to Elle, 6, and Lucy, 4, was tired of be­ing lethar­gic and un­com­fort­able and de­cided to make some pos­i­tive changes.

“I knew the girls needed a healthy mum, and I needed to have the en­ergy to do ev­ery­thing I needed to do to take care of them,” she says.

With no day­care for the girls and ex­pen­sive gym mem­ber­ships not an op­tion, Wil­liamson started putting Elle and Lucy in the pram and walk­ing along the es­planade at Burleigh Heads six days a week.

“For the whole of 2016, I was just walk­ing,” she said. “Once I started los­ing weight, I went faster and faster and made my work­outs harder and harder. The girls started get­ting big­ger so there was more weight to push.” As well as her daily walks, Wil­liamson cleaned up her diet and in­tro­duced an Isagenix shake as a meal re­place­ment once a day.

Now a trim size 8 to 10, Wil­liamson has in­tro­duced box­ing and boot camp ses­sions, which she does through the Gold Coast City Coun­cil for $4 and $5 a class, into her rou­tine and has met a bunch of like-minded mums. “I feel so good,” she said. “I have the en­ergy to do things with the girls all day, non-stop whereas once I would crash and burn.”

“I knew the girls needed a healthy mum”

Wil­liamson be­fore em­bark­ing on her weight-loss jour­ney.

“I am a much hap­pier per­son and feel bet­ter in my­self so that makes me a bet­ter mum.”

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