Thursday, November 11, 2010

Was totally inspired by one of our FB followers losing 65kg. Asked her if she would allow us to share her story and she generously agreed. I love that she is making good "lifestyle choices" rather than dieting. Simple substitutions, and moderation rather than deprivation seem to have been the keys to Michelles sucess - as well as her own determination of course.
This approach gets the big thumbs up from me and it clearly works - just look at the pictures. Thanks Michelle.

Hi Sophie,
I am emailing you in response to your post on facebook.
This Christmas will mark 4 years since I was 150kg. I was a size 28 and could not do up my shoes. It wasn't until I saw the christmas photos that I realised just how bad things had become. I started on Weight Watchers, by having to count my points I learnt to totally change the way I cooked - I discovered that I don't need oil to make crisp roast potato. I also learnt to make wise changes - I love food,and I love to cook and entertain, and I don't like to miss out, so I have had to adapt many recipes.
Instead of cream in a sauce I use reduced cream, coconut flavoured reduced cream instead of coconut cream. Instead of oil I use a little red wine vinegar on my roast vegetables, and there are plenty more changes I have made.
I still have treats but when I do, I will have a vegetable stirfry for dinner. I have also learnt that breakfast is important - when I was at my biggest I didn't eat all day, but as soon as the kids went to bed I would eat a full days worth of food in 1 hour.
I used to eat a packet of chippies a day (a large pack) but I have discovered poppadoms, which I cook in the microwave for 30 seconds each - done this way there is no oil and they are great with some salsa. As a sweet treat I will have a few marshmallows but I will always put them into a bowl and then put the packet away so I am not tempted!!
As of this morning, I now weigh 83.9kg and am a size 10 - 12.

Thank you and kind regards



  1. Well done Michelle-it is so great to hear of people losing weight in a way that you can still enjoy food an entertain others. Awesome work :-)

  2. well done Michelle! I know how hard it is to get motivated, never mind keep going. I used to be a 10-12, then I moved to NZ, had 2 kids and am now a size 18 and growing. I love food and cooking, eat when I'm miserable, eat when I'm alone and find I get a sore tummy (not in a nice way) if I go without food for too long (I'm on anti-depressants). I admire your will power and determination!

  3. Well Done Michelle, i think you're an inspiration. and please Cloudy, grab this inspiration and determine that today's the day to start afresh. i know how you feel, I'm finding mid 50's is terribly hard and I've just grown this year, but I WILL PUT A STOP TO THIS! thanks for your story Michelle, you must be so proud of yourself, and so you should be!

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  5. Thank you for your comments - Cloudy5 - I spent about 5 years on anti-depressants so I can totally relate. Be encouraged, you can do it, find someone who will walk with you through this - please feel free to contact me if I can be of any support.