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BIG­GEST LOSER Taniko Gough Weight lost: 46kg (RW April 2018)

Not only is Taniko Gough the RW Run It Off Club’s big­gest loser; her story also in­spires us, be­cause it has enough mo­ti­va­tion for us to over­come just about any ob­sta­cle that stands in our way. In 2013, the 34-year-old from Kens­ing­ton broke her back in a tragic cy­cling ac­ci­dent. The dam­age to her L2 and L3 ver­te­brae was so se­vere that she wasn’t able to walk around the su­per­mar­ket, let alone ex­er­cise. Gough also has Crohn’s dis­ease (an in­flam­ma­tory bowel dis­ease), which lim­its the amount of healthy eat­ing you can do purely be­cause you’re un­able to di­gest food such as raw fruit and veg­eta­bles. It’s also an au­toim­mune dis­ease, which means her body at­tacks it­self. She lost her gall blad­der in Oc­to­ber 2016, and had to have open stom­ach surgery. And yet, just two weeks after her surgery, when she still had 30 sta­ples in her stom­ach, she started walk­ing on the tread­mill. She ran her first 5K in Jan­uary 2017. Gough de­scribes ev­ery one of her races as a ‘mas­sive achieve­ment’ – and con­sid­er­ing how far she’s had to come, we couldn’t agree more.


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