Fam­ily Food Fight suc­cess

The mother-of-three re­veals her amaz­ing weight-loss trans­for­ma­tion

Woman’s Day (Australia) - - Contents -

Mother-daugh­ter duo Pina and Con­cetta Pluchinotta’s Fam­ily Food Fight jour­ney has been a bumpy ride. While film­ing the stress­ful chal­lenges, the pair marked the 13th an­niver­sary of Pina’s late hus­band’s pass­ing.

But be­yond that dev­as­tat­ing heartache, Con­cetta has been on an emo­tional weight-loss jour­ney that has re­stored her con­fi­dence, as well as her re­la­tion­ship with her three teenage sons.

“Prior to go­ing on the show I weighed 120kg. Around 2009, I went in and had a lap-band op­er­a­tion,” the home cook tells Woman’s Day, be­fore re­veal­ing she now weighs 73kg.

While Con­cetta had her sights set on a health­ier fu­ture, the surgery didn’t work.

“The lap-band surgery made me con­stantly sick, it was hor­ri­ble. I’d never ever rec­om­mend it to any­body,” says Con­cetta. “When I ate, I ba­si­cally had to vomit, be­cause they made the band too tight around my stom­ach, and then loos­en­ing it re­ally de­feated the pur­pose”.

Three years later, Con­cetta un­der­went gas­tric by­pass surgery, which she says changed her en­tire out­look on life. The 46-year-old in­sists she didn’t take the easy way out. Hav­ing tried ev­ery weight-loss trick, she knew that surgery, while ex­treme, could be the only so­lu­tion to es­cap­ing a life­style that wasn’t go­ing to be healthy for her in the long run.

“It’s hard work! The surgery is se­ri­ous and in­va­sive, and af­ter my op­er­a­tion I had an ob­struc­tion of my bow­els,” says Con­cetta. She ex­plains that while her weight never af­fected her re­la­tion­ship with her hus­band, she did miss op­por­tu­ni­ties with her chil­dren. “My kids knew I was un­happy,” says Con­cetta. “Ev­ery time they would say to me, ‘Mum, come for a walk, come for a run, come to the pool with us,’ I would never go”. Years on and she’s bat­tling it out on a show she says is a once-in-a-life­time op­por­tu­nity for her and her mother, and Con­cetta’s hap­pier than ever. “[The surgery] changed my life,” she says. “I’m ob­vi­ously health­ier and feel­ing health­ier. I feel more com­fort­able with my­self, and rather than hid­ing from peo­ple I feel a lot more con­fi­dent”.

Con­cetta was also hospitalised for a bowel ob­struc­tion.

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