Slim­mer cou­ple

Af­ter a life­time of overindul­gence, this happy cou­ple have lost a whop­ping 133kg!

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133kg weight loss!

There’s no room for cars in the Shillinglaws’ garage these days... it’s full of gym equip­ment! “Who would have thought?” gig­gles Re­bekah, an em­ploy­ment con­sul­tant, shoot­ing a play­ful glance at her truck driver hus­band Mal­colm.

Just 11 months ago, the chirpy pair from Ea­ton, two hours south of Perth, spent $65,000 to sur­gi­cally fix their bur­geon­ing waist­lines, and both are still com­ing to terms with their new­found slen­der­ness.

“I can put on socks now and wash my whole body,” Mal­colm, 43, says ex­cit­edly, ad­mit­ting his arms “be­came not long enough” to reach all points of his body in the shower. “But now I can put them all around Re­bekah.”

“And I’ve got the en­ergy to play with the kids,” adds Re­bekah, 35, who loves get­ting out­doors with their sons, Lach­lan, 10, Taj, eight, and five-year-old Quinn.

While both ad­mit to be­ing “weighty” when they first met 15 years ago, Re­bekah says overeat­ing and bad

‘We lost all self-con­trol af­ter get­ting mar­ried’

ge­net­ics saw her tip the scales at 139kg, while Mal­colm says al­co­hol led to him weigh­ing in at 130kg.

“We lost all self-con­trol af­ter get­ting mar­ried,” con­fides Re­bekah, who would reg­u­larly eat “a meal fit for two men”.

“I’d put away two litres of fizzy drink daily, a large packet of Mal­te­sers, a whole pizza, or two Mcdon­ald’s burg­ers with chips and a sun­dae. Be­tween us, we were as heavy as 40 bowl­ing balls.”

With child-bear­ing out of the way and health prob­lems creep­ing in, Re­bekah de­cided she’d had enough of the em­bar­rass­ment she felt at be­ing over­weight, in a world “not built for obese peo­ple”.

So the cou­ple – who weighed a whop­ping 269kg to­gether – saw a doc­tor who rec­om­mended gas­tric sleev­ing for Re­bekah, and SIPS (stom­ach in­testi­nal py­loruss­par­ing) surgery for Mal­colm.

They have since ditched take­away and soft drinks, in­tro­duced daily work­outs and lost a stag­ger­ing 133kg be­tween them – both weigh­ing 68kg.

“It has been the most amaz­ing, life-chang­ing ex­pe­ri­ence,” says an ec­static Re­bekah. “My dress size has dropped from a 26, to 10, and Mal­colm’s wed­ding ring is down 12 sizes – it’s too big for his thumb!”

THEN Re­bekah and Mal­colm be­fore surgery. NOW The cou­ple have ditched junk food for daily work­outs.

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