Name: Sherise Campbell Age: 35 Job: Dining services manager
Starting weight: 93 kg Weight after: 64 kg
Working in the kitchen of an aged care residence, Sherise Campbell spent eight hours a day, five days a week surrounded by fries, pizza, pasta and soft drinks.
Ten years into her job, this former “skinny girl with no curves” was a size 20. It didn’t help that her chef husband worked late and brought home rich meals at 10pm, which Campbell would share despite having eaten earlier.
She ignored her doctor’s advice to lose weight until she hit an all-time high of 93kg in the summer of 2009.
The weight gain
Because her weight gain was so gradual, Campbell didn’t realise just how many kilos she’d put on. That is, until she flipped through a photo album from her anniversary spent on a cruise ship and spotted a shot of herself in a red halter-neck dress. “Curves are good, but I didn’t like the way those curves looked,” she says.
The weight loss lifestyle
That December, Campbell joined a gym and took advantage of a free personal training session that came with her membership. She found it was just the motivation she needed and signed up for 12 more weeks of training.
Campbell began walking or running on a treadmill at a high incline five days a week and lifting weights three days a week. Her trainer also urged her to pay more attention to what she ate.
The weight loss diet
Campbell started having breakfast (which she’d always skipped), and at lunch and dinner she filled half her plate with salad, a quarter with chicken or fish, and the other quarter with steamed vegies or healthy carbs. She soon discovered that her body was now rejecting the fatty foods she once loved. “If I snagged some of my sons’ French fries, I’d feel sick later,” Campbell admits.
Three months in, she had dropped 11kg and toned up. “I used to be self-conscious about my chicken-wing arms, but now that I’ve tightened them up, I love my arms!” she says. She even won a gym competition by losing five per cent of her body weight and spent the prize money on smaller workout clothes.
The weight loss reward
In October, Campbell set sail with her husband on another cruise, and this time she didn’t dread seeing the holiday happy snaps. At a svelte 63kg, she even sported a singlet top with bikini bottoms. “For the first time, I enjoyed buying clothing for a trip,” she says. “It felt incredible to buy size 10 shorts.” As for that red halter dress from her anniversary? “I can’t wear it now – it falls off me.”
“When everyone around me is eating junk, I just pop some sugarless gum into my mouth to help stave off cravings. I keep a pack in my car, desk, gym bag and jacket so I’m always armed.”CARRY A LIST
“Keep a copy of your shopping list with you at all times so you can jot down healthy items to buy. That way you always have an alternative to junk food in the house.”