"I'm in a much better mental space now."

Tina Dorn- New Zealand's Biggest transformation Healthie Winner 2016

Tina's weight loss story

Name: Tina Dorn 
Weight loss: 22 kg
Was: 89 kg
Now: 67 kg
Height: 164 cm
Age: 30
How long it took: 12 months 
How she did it: Group Coaching with Cherie Waterhouse in Hamilton, NZ.

Then & Now

Tina then and now

"It's been an inspiring and rewarding journey. I've been inspired watching those before me get to goal and I've inspired others to continue on their journey."

When I joined WW, I wasn’t in a great place

I’d eaten my weight in ice-cream on holiday in Bangkok and when I came back, none of my clothes fit me anymore. At the same time, I was really unhappy with my work and home life. I was overworked, stressed out and in desperate need of a change. I’m a mother of three boys - six-year-old twins, and a three-year-old. WW works for me because it allows me to embrace being busy! Cooking with normal food means there’s no extra work required at family dinner time and we can all eat the same thing.

Exercise is hugely important to me now

The effort I put in motivates me to make positive food choices. It’s also a great way to reduce stress and keep a level head. My sport of choice is road cycling – I love the freedom and escapism that comes with adventuring on a bike; the speed you can reach and the camaraderie that goes with it. The group I ride with are like family. When I was overweight I’d wear baggy shirts and avoid lycra at all costs. Now I’m a confident rider and wearer of lycra!

Cycling has become my sport and passion

Before I lost weight my biggest accomplishment was doing a Rapha Women’s 100km ride but now I can ride 100km without any real training. In February next year I’m going to be a pacer for my best friend – and WW Coach – Cherie, as she completes an 85km ultra-trail marathon. I’ll run or walk the last 25km with her.

Being smaller makes life easier

There’s no doubt in my mind that being lighter and smaller in stature makes living life a whole lot easier. I’m happier, healthier and in a much better mental space than I’ve ever been. My friends often joke that my butt has gotten smaller but my head has grown! I have an abundance of confidence and self-esteem now.

"Being a single mum of three kids and working full time is no easy feat, but it's easier when you're healthy and happy."

Tina's weight-loss tips

1) Get into the right head space
You cannot lose weight for someone else, no one else can do the work and no one else is responsible for your results. If YOU want it, YOU will get it.

2) Muster up some support. 
My family and friends keep me on track and often go out of their way to make sure I can succeed no matter what the occasion. Don't make this journey any harder on yourself - your friends and family can't help you if they don't know your goals and aspirations.

3) Set clear goals and pathways to them. 
Focusing on something other than the number on the scales can keep you on track - like drinking eight glasses of water, going for a 10 minute walk every day, etc. These other goals will only aid in your overall success but it takes the pressure and focus off the number on the scales at times when they aren't playing nicely!

Winning the Healthies

Our 2016 Healthies winners were treated to a week of pampering in Sydney! After hair makeovers and professional makeup, our winners were styled by Donny Gaella and gave their best poses for WW magazine. 

Why I entered the Healthies

My motivation for entering WW The Healthies was to inspire other people to give the Program a go. I know so many people who are in my previous situation – with a young family, unhappy and over-worked. I thought if I shared my story others might be encouraged to discover for themselves that a healthier, better life is not only possible, but it’s also much more fun.

When I found out I’d won!

I found out I was a winner when I was just about to leave work for the day. One of the gorgeous girls I work with was there and I mouthed to her what was going on. My boss heard the commotion from her office and came out to see what was happening. In my excited and shaky state, I said, “Umm, I need some time off!” My family was elated and the response has been that I deserve this, which feels great. As a winner, I found all the attention a bit overwhelming at times, but it was equally wonderful – a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

It’s important to look after your mind

 Having a positive outlook is something I absolutely live by – the mind is a powerful thing and it’s important to look after it. Good nutrition, exercise and the ever-tricky work/life balance is something I generally have in check now, but it wouldn’t have been possible without WW. Juggling family, work and my personal life can be complicated – but it’s so much easier when you’re happy and healthy!

Donny’s fashion tip

“With so many brands and styles available, it’s easy to find the perfect active wear for you. If you’re scared to go crazy with colours and patterns, try hints of print like these Bonds animal print leggings, and this cute top from Female for Life.”

Tina Dorn