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“I have a new lease on life."

A routine check-up gave Sarah the wake-up call she needed to turn her life and health around.

Sarah's weight loss story

Name: Sarah Adam
Weight loss: 9 kg
Was: 76kg
Now: 67 kg
Height: 1.76 m
Age: 30
How long it took: 4 months
How she did it: Online Coaching
Year reached goal: 2015

Before & Now

“If I’m having a bad day, I go for a walk instead of reaching for chocolate.”

Describe your trigger moment

I have two children, aged 6 and 3, and when my youngest was just six weeks old, I started getting migraines and vision disturbance. I went for a health check and my cholesterol showed up at 7.2 mmol. Cholesterol levels should be no higher than 5.5 mmol, so I knew I had to do something about my lifestyle.

Why did you sign up to Weight Watchers?

I didn’t want to go on medication so my GP gave me a grace period of a few months to get my weight and cholesterol under control. I lost 10kg by eating better and exercising more. But just before Christmas, I saw a photo of myself that someone had taken from behind. I didn’t like what I saw. I felt I needed help losing the last few kilos, so joined Weight Watchers.

Was your journey difficult?

The trickiest part was trying to juggle exercise with two little kids. There’s a 6km walking track near my house so I started doing that with my baby in a pram. Then I joined a gym and started going three or four times a week. It’s fantastic ‘me time’.

What food changes did you make?

My biggest issue was portion control and I tend to eat if I’m stressed, so I’ve tried to gain some balance there. If I’m having a bad day, I go for a walk instead of reaching for chocolate. I threw out all junk food because if there were chips in the house I’d just eat the whole bag. If I need a treat, I portion it. I also make healthy takeaway-style meals on Fridays, usually vegie burgers or a healthy pizza.

How has your new, healthy lifestyle affected your family?

It’s made a very positive change to my husband and kids. My husband is getting fit and healthy, too, and we’re supporting each other. The kids join in with the exercise sessions and say things like, “Look at my muscles!” They know all about healthy foods and ‘sometimes’ foods.

What areas of your life have changed the most?

My style, for starters. I bought a whole new wardrobe after getting to Goal, which was fantastic. I also started writing a blog to track my journey (styleunearthed.com.au). I love writing. And healthy eating and exercise are just a part of my daily life now.

How do you feel now?

I feel great! I like the way I look, I feel fit and healthy and I can run around with the kids. Being at risk of heart disease because of high cholesterol when you’re only 27 is shocking. My cholesterol is now down to 4 mmol. I'm just happy to be here for my kids – I have a new lease on life.

My weight-loss survival kit

Arm yourself with healthy snacks: 
Carry a piece of fruit or a protein bar in your bag at all times so you avoid the temptation of eating a piece of cake instead.

Update your wardrobe regularly: 
Find clothes that actually fit while you’re losing weight. Many people put off buying new clothes because they think there’s no point while they’re still losing weight, but wearing clothes that are too large just makes you look bigger. Reward yourself by buying clothes that fit – it makes you feel so much better and other people notice it, too.