‘I lost 47kg after giving up alcohol’
Michele is also walking six days a week, sometimes even twice a day now that Victoria’s coronavirus restrictions have eased.
At 117kg, Michele’s portion control “was out of control,” she tells Body+Soul.
“I saw a photo of myself from behind at a wedding in early 2019 and thought I do not want to have back fat and bad health in my 60s… [Mum] had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and was worried about my health when she was not here.”
So, Michele promised her mum she’d get healthy. The 62-year-old writer from Victoria gave up alcohol on Mother’s Day, began Lite n’ Easy, consulted with a GP to monitor her progress and 14 months later, Michele has well and truly kept the promise she made to her mum, losing 47kg.
“It is a long-term plan not a short fix,” she says.
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It hasn’t been without its challenges, she concedes. Keeping the sweet temptations out of the shopping trolley isn’t always easy, but she’s sure to never deprive herself entirely.
Michele is also walking six days a week, sometimes even twice a day now that Victoria’s coronavirus restrictions have eased. Once they’ve relaxed further, she says she’ll add swimming to the mix.
Michele’s day on a plate:
Cereal, toast, fruit and yogurt.
Salad and then snack fruit, nuts, and fruit cake.
Penne or beef korma and a cake and cream for dessert. I am really enjoying the Lite N Easy vegetarian menu. Makes life easy while in lockdown.
Michele is now down to 70kg and she’s still meeting with her GP to maintain her momentum. What advice does she have for others about to set out on their weight loss journey?
“Set reasonable goals,” she says.
“Take it slowly do not rush and look at it for the long-term haul and the health benefits.”