Walk ends weight loss journey
A life-changing disease, earthquake stress and a weakness for chocolate were bumps in the road during Raewyn Lowe’s 37kg weight-loss journey.
The 45-year-old took part in the Weight Watchers Celebration Walk around Hagley Park alongside around 60 other Christchurch women.
The women, members of Christchurch Weight Watchers clubs, each carried bottles of water representing the weight they have lost and before emptying them into the Avon river.
For Lowe, she will say goodbye to weight she has struggled with all her life.
''Well, the first time I started [trying to lose weight] was when I was 16,'' she said.
''If you look at my primary school photos – I wasn’t big but I was bigger than the others – and the weight kept creeping on.
''I had lots of hiccups along the way.''
It wasn’t until 2009 that Lowe decided to step up her bid to lose weight and join Weight Watchers.
''I just wasn’t happy with myself, I didn’t love myself and I was really tired. I decided after a holiday in Australia that I just had to do something for me.
''I decided I was joining the day after I got back.'' After losing 30kg in 10 months, Lowe was well on track to obtain her goal weight.
However, when the earthquakes struck she was diagnosed with Graves’ Disease, and this coupled with the stress at the time caused a lot of the weight to go back on.
But never one to be put off, Lowe jumped straight back on the wagon as soon as she felt ready.
''In the last year I’ve lost all of what I put on plus more.
''My confidence is back. I was always a confident person, but then my weight and my ex husband drained it.'' Now weighing just 72kg, Lowe said she still has 15kg to lose before she reaches her goal weight.
''My goal is to swim with dolphins and the become a Weight Watchers leader, and I’m not getting in a wetsuit until I’m at my goal weight,'' she said.
And her advice to other women is simple – if you want to eat it, eat it.
''Don’t avoid any foods, if you want it have it. Chocolate is still my go-to food. Just believe that you can do it, and stick to it, and set goals and reward yourself.
''If I can inspire somebody else to do this then I’ll be happy.''