"Weight loss enabled my wife and I to start a family."
Grantly's weight loss story
Name: Grantly Aplin
Weight loss: 77kg
How long it took: 16 months
How he did it: Group Coaching at Dapto, NSW with Coach Tina Simmons
“My wife and I joined Weight Watchers and kept each other accountable.”
The beginning of my journey
After three years of trying to start a family without success, my wife and I put ourselves forward to become foster parents. The agency was happy with our application, but suggested we try to lose a bit of weight. So we joined Weight Watchers and kept each other accountable.
My first ‘wow’ moment
Three months in, and 23kg lighter, I flew home to Adelaide for a visit. I used to have trouble doing up the seatbelt, but this time it wasn’t even tight – it was a fantastic feeling!
My failsafe strategy
I work in retail, and my boss, Mark, unknowingly gave me the best weight-loss strategy when he taught me not to approach sales targets as a whole, but to break them down to daily or weekly targets because it made it seem easier to achieve. I used the same principle with weight loss. If I’d focussed on losing 77kg at the start I never would have made it, but 1kg or so a week seemed like something I could do. And, after 69 weeks, I reached Goal.
My approach to exercise
My wife and I work irregular hours so we joined a 24-hour gym – going whenever we liked made it so much easier. I’m also on my feet all day for work so I bought a Fitbit and realised I was typically doing 10,000 steps a day. The amount of exercise increased as time went on. I was so determined to keep moving and lose the weight.
My best Christmas gift
My wife and I were foster parents to a baby girl for 10 months. We continued to lose weight while she was in our care and both got to Goal weight. A few weeks after the baby was returned to her family, my wife became pregnant – the due date is Christmas Day! There’s no doubt that weight loss played a major role in my wife and I being able to start a family of our own.