READER REPORT:

Halfway to losing 40kg

ANNETTE SAVILL
Last updated 07:00 25/02/2014
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GET MOVING: It'll take time, but Annette Savill believes losing weight is in everyone's grasp.

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I am on the journey of losing weight because if I don't I'll end up with diabetes - a place I don't want to be. So with shear guts, determination and setting goals that are achievable, I've started my journey.

I have a great GP who is encouraging and not judging. I visit monthly, weigh myself and he encourages me. I need to lose 40kg in total and I am half way there.

I have an amazing husband who calls out while I am on my cross trainer: "Way to go girl."

I started at five minutes and could do just a 1km with resistance zero. I thought that was the toughest thing.

Now, four months on I can do 7km in 30 minutes with resistance four. Six days a week I get out of bed have a cuppa, put on the trainers and off I go.

I have a food routine. I never used to have breakfast, but now I have a bowl of porridge with full cream milk. Yes, full cream. That's the dairy for the day. It tastes good and lasts the whole morning. No brown sugar.

When I first started, apples became my best friend and I would eat one when I needed something sweet and felt flat.

Lunch is two slices of wholegrain bread, a protein and salad sandwich, and some fruit with a cup of tea.

Dinner is a protein, low GI carb, mainly kumara, pumpkin, or wholegrain rice with unlimited vegetables. I choose the tasty colourful ones.

Food must look good and taste yum. Just because the meal has to be healthy doesn't mean it tastes yuck.

When I need a yummy snack, I have half a cup of nuts or a cracker with marmite because the crunch is what helps. But sometimes you just want the real sweet treat and that's what it is; a little, occasionally, is OK.

I managed Christmas without putting anything on.

I drink tea and coffee with no sugar. But if I want a slightly nicer drink I have diet lemon lime and bitters. And a wine every now and then.

I set myself short realistic goals in 5kg increments. The loss is a bit slower now, but I will keep going. It will take 12 months to get to my big goal, but at the moment I am focusing on the small losses, excited to think I can do this.

My five sons are encouraging me. My daughter-in-law cheers me on. The grandies love me.

I will achieve, but I also realise that it will never end: I am pre-disposed to easy weight gain. I need to keep this focus forever and that's the hard bit. The diabeties is in remission, but only while I maintain the discipline - that's the hard bit.

I have recognised my enemy, sugar, and it's everywhere. If the packet says low fat, the chance is it's loaded with sugar to make it taste good.

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My friend is fresh vegetables and fruit. I eat in-season produce so the price stays low.

For those who struggle out there, go to your GP, be honest and work to set a path that, although hard, will get you there.


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