ELLENBROOK COMMUNITY WEIGHT LOSS CLUB

JULIE CLARK

When I started with the Ellenbrook Community Weight Loss Club I weighed in at 156.1 kg on 11th April 2012. In all the time I have been with the club I have never missed a club meeting, regardless whether I know I have gained weight, I still must go and weigh-in.
This meeting is so important to me & it is my night & my time for me.
On the 27th February 2013 I weighed in at 122.6 kg and lost 33.5 kg this took me 10 months to lose this weight. I have won every award of the club Princess of the Month, Queen of 3 months many, many times. Consistency Awards many times. Highest Weight loss for the week, I can’t remember how many times. I have actually made money from this club, where as other Weight Watcher Groups it costs lots of money to lose weight. So I have been very, very lucky.
I was Slimmer of the year for the club and nominated to the Weight Watchers Federation W.A. Inc for Slimmer Of the year and came 2nd for 2013 the winner of this year had a huge weight loss, from another club.
But I am still losing weight, it has slowed down a little bit, but I have now lost 46 kg. and I am still winning lots of awards from the club.
I must thank Shirley our club President who has encouraged me all the way, sometimes she knows I am on a downer and she will phone me to talk to me & this does help me to get back on track. I am very busy looking after two of my grand-daughters who keep me on my toes. I have now started doing the exercises before the club meeting on Wednesday nights & find it very enjoyable. Now that I have lost 46 kg I can start to exercise.
I know I still have a long way to go, but as long as I keep attending the club meetings every week, I know that I will reach my Goal Weight.
Julie Clark


JULIE MUNRO

I started with the Ellenbrook Community Weight Loss Club 18th May 2011. From that day I did not look back. I took out every award the club had to offer and never missed a club meeting. By the end of February 2012 I lost 27 kg. It was hard over the Christmas break but I was in control of my eating & exercise. I was the clubs Slimmer of the year for 2010/2011. They then nominated to the Weight Watchers Federation W.A. Inc for Slimmer of the year to compete with 40 other metropolitan & country clubs. I came 4th but I was so proud of my fantastic achievement of losing those 27 kg. I have a young family so I am very busy. Shirley & the group of club members were so supportive and encouraged me along the way & I am so grateful and would recommend this club to anyone.Julie Munro


Caroline Blake

In October 2008 I spoke to my doctor about feeling tired and breathless. As I had a previous medical history of some heart problems she sent me for some tests that included an echo cardiogram. Whilst I was having the echo cardiogram I knew that something was not right because the technician kept checking her measurements. I asked if everything was alright but all she would say was I am going to let you go back to work and your doctor will call you shortly.
The echo cardiogram had shown that I had some fluid around my heart and a large aneurysm of the ascending aorta where it leaves the heart. I was booked in to see a cardiologist and more tests were done to get a very accurate size of my aneurism and to see if there was danger that it would rupture. When the test results were in the cardiologist explained that my aneurism was just slightly smaller than the size that necessitates immediate surgery and that I would be monitored as most aneurisms grow overtime. The cardiologist was very direct; I had to make some lifestyle changes and I needed to lose some weight.
A few weeks after this diagnosis I was watching a medical program on TV where they showed the operation that I was going to have to undergo if the aneurysm got any larger. I was very disturbed by what I saw. It was very frightening.
About the same time we received a pamphlet in our mailbox about the Ellenbrook Community Weightless Club and my husband Ian, rang Shirley the president for some information. Ian was unhappy about his weight gain and was wanting to lose some weight also. Shirley didn’t have any other male members at that time so she asked Ian if he had a wife who would be interested in attending. On the spur of the moment I said yes I would come too. The truth was it was time to stop telling myself that I had an underactive thyroid and that was why I was overweight and do something about it.
We both came to the first meeting of the 2009 year. They had just painted the club’s meeting room and the smell was so strong that we had to meet outside in one of the gazebos down by the lake. I weighed in at 91.5 kg. I felt very embarrassed. However the other members were most supportive and friendly. My husband Ian was the only man but he didn’t mind and the ladies were very welcoming. We now have a number of male members.
Over the ensuing weeks I steadily lost weight bit by bit. Most weeks it was in the vicinity of 0.5 – 1 kg. Having to jump on the scales each week made me accountable for what I ate each day. There was also the ever present fear that I was going to have to undergo the operation to repair my aneurysm and I had to do something about avoiding this if possible. Initially my doctor suggested that I go for a 10% weight loss down to about 80 kg as he said in his experience that was more manageable than a huge loss. I subsequently went back to him and we then agreed on 74 kg. I reached my goal weight in September 2009.1 have continued to lose a bit of weight and seem to have stabilised at about 68 kg.
In 2010 I was Ellenbrook Club’s Slimmer of the Year and I was very excited to find out that I was equal second in the Federation’s Slimmer of the Year competition with a loss of 24 kg. I know that I owe my success to the support of my husband and club members particularly Shirley our president. I could not have done it without them. Their ongoing friendship, support and encouragement is what has enabled me to firstly lose the weight and then maintain this weight loss in the following two years. I still attend our club regularly and weigh in. I believe this had helped me maintain my weight.
When I returned to see my cardiologist he was delighted with my transformation and could not believe the weight loss I had managed. Even better was his news that my aneurism had not grown at all and seemed to be stable for the present.
Since graduating in October 2009 I have maintained my goal weight for 4 years. I still attend club meetings.

This is what I found worked for me and I still keep basically to this diet today.

  • Breakfast: 1 Oatbrit, muesli. Yoghurt, milk, coffee.
  • Mid-morning snack: Carrot and celery sticks and 1 banana.
  • Lunch: salad and tuna or soup in the winter.
  • Mid afternoon snacks: Apple and 3 corn-thins.
  • Tea: Hand sized portion meat, chicken or fish with about 5 vegetables.
  • I can now deviate from this once or twice a week but no-more than that.
  • I usually only have alcohol at the weekends, not during the week   and then only 1 glass.

What have I learnt about weight loss?
It’s in your head. You have to make your mind up that you are going to lose weight.
You have to be consistent. No good being good for a few days and then breaking out and wondering why you don’t lose weight.
You have to eat less. We need less to eat than when we were younger!!! As you get older your metabolism gets slower.
Exercise won’t shift weight on its own.
Exercise has to be consistent. You have to work out what you can maintain and then work to do this. No good going all out for a few days and then doing nothing for the next fortnight.


Cindy

One of our most inspiring stories is that of the current President of the Dianella Weight Watchers Federation (Inc) club, Cindy.  Cindy was diagnosed with MS some years ago and at the time weighed 135kg.   She decided enough was enough and cut her portion sizes by half, started eating healthily – including breakfast which she never ate before – and joined a gym.  She lost 55kg on her own before going along and joining Weight Watchers Federations (Dianella club).
An Inspirational Story

Cindy has now lost another 13kgs with the support of the club and weight in on the scales each week keeps her motivated. Her dress size has gone from a 26 to a size 10. Today Cindy is a picture of health, she has so much more energy and is really enjoying life.


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