Having lost 30kg since November 2012, Kelly George explains why there is more to weight loss than just aesthetics.
February 17 to 23 is Australia’s Healthy Weight Week and having been named WA’s fattest region late last year, the Goldfields could afford to get involved.
Kelly George isn’t one of them.
Healthy eating and exercise
In November 2012 Kelly set out to get healthier, but losing weight wasn’t the goal.
“It wasn’t that I was feeling overweight, I was just feeling tired and lethargic and unhealthy.
“I just wanted to get fitter and as a side effect the weight started coming off.”
Kelly started by doing a popular 12 week online diet and fitness program, followed by a program run at her local gym.
She went from doing no exercise to working out five or six days a week.
Lifting heavy weights and doing cross fit are now part of Kelly’s daily routine and she recently achieved a personal best of squatting with 105kg on her shoulders.
Kelly avoids processed foods and sticks to fresh produce, a practice known widely as ‘clean eating’.
That doesn’t mean she doesn’t enjoy the odd biscuit or treat though.
The invisible benefit
Kelly lost the majority of the weight early on and has maintained that loss for almost a year.
The biggest advantage, she said, cannot be seen in the mirror.
“The benefit you can’t see is the change in my mental health.
“I suffer from depression and now I don’t need medication and I can handle my mental illness better.”
Kelly recently started a Facebook page to share her fitness and food ideas, and to inspire others.
“One lady sent a message that said ‘you’re more inspiring than any celebrity, you’re real, if you can do it I can do it’.”
As a mother of three who works part time, Kelly understands that time can often get in the way of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
“You just have to make it a priority, the dirty washing will always be there.
“Just keep trying and acknowledge that there will be times where you have a bad day or setbacks and one thing I found really important is to make sure you have encouraging people around you and people that have the same goals and vision in mind.”
Regional coordinator of public health nutrition at Population Health Ashlee Cross told ABC Goldfields Esperance Mornings that activities planned for the week would focus on dispelling the myths around fad diets and sustaining healthy eating, drinking and physical activity.
This article first appeared on ABC News on 13 February, 2014.