It's taken 15 months of hard work and willpower for Karen Westwater to shed 48 kilograms and get back on the netball court.
She played netball for 20 years for the Jets in Howick, but ended up on the bench because of injuries, including serious damage to both knees.
"I would just start to get back into it when one healed then I'd get another injury. My sister played netball when she was nine and I watched her and I was hooked ever since. I'm 100 per cent a netball fan and I would go anywhere for it.
"When I had surgery on the second knee last August I knew I had to make a change. I went cold turkey and I just did it from the start," she says.
At her heaviest she was 129.2kg.
As part of her weight-loss journey she'll be running the Sculpt 6k Run & Walk event around Auckland city on November 18.
The Sculpt 6k Run & Walk aims to encourage women to live a balanced healthy lifestyle.
It starts and finishes at Britomart and attracts more than 300 runners.
Ms Westwater's mum Gloria McManus, 65, from Pakuranga is her biggest fan and will be running the race too.
"I'm very proud of her. Everyone around her has been supportive. She's got all the family and friends behind her and when she started, wild horses couldn't have stopped her. The change in her has been amazing, she's more sociable and she loves to shop," Mrs McManus says.
The longest endurance event the pair have run together was the 11km Nike Women's Marathon and they regularly attend the annual Cancer Society Relay For Life.
There's no big secret to weight loss, Ms Westwater says.
"I just exercised and ate well. I said no thank you if I was offered something naughty and I had the help of a nutritionist. Go to sculpt6k.co.nz for more information.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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