Finalist, Slimmer of the Year 2018
Weight Loss: 37.1 kg
Consultant: Maria Akritidis
I am a single 27-year-old primary school teacher from Melbourne. I have been overweight for the majority of my life.
I was always the chubby kid in school, my weight struggles then followed me into adulthood and had a severe impact on my life. Worried about what clothes would fit me. Worried about being single for the rest of my life. Walking in front of that mirror and seeing my reflection. Concerned about what people were thinking of me and what they were saying behind my back? I was worried about living! I spent year after year jumping from one diet onto the next and back again and I soon settled to the fact that I was going to be overweight forever.
Mid last year I was a Maid of Honour at my sister’s wedding. As much as I felt privileged to have been asked, all I could think about was me. I would be in the limelight with cameras being shot at every angle. I saw the pictures of me and I hated what I saw. My journey began with meeting the beautiful Consultant Maria; without her, I wouldn’t be where I am today. As I walked into her office and saw her before and after photos on her walls, it was reassuring to know that she too had once been where I am today.
I have weekly consultations with Maria, which means I am accountable every week. I can celebrate my successes and talk through my low points and struggles, which is imperative to my weight loss success.
I would constantly suffer from severe migraines, where I was unable to function. Ever since losing the weight my migraines have dramatically decreased. I would regularly have a sore back, and my feet would often swell up. These issues resolved as I began to lose weight. My menstrual cycle was impacted due to my weight. For several years I visited a reflexologist once a month to help balance my hormones. I no longer need to attend these appointments now.
Cambridge Weight Plan has been a positive experience from day one!