“It was very hard to start but once you do it’s too easy and now it’s become part of my everyday life.”
Food has always been a part of Parminder’s life and culture. Born and raised in India, Parminder admits that Indian food features weekly on the menu in his household, especially when his mother is in town. Parminder was struggling with his weight and after hearing the Get Healthy Service advertisement on the radio he immediately signed up.
With a wife and 2 year old daughter, Parminder never wanted his struggles with food to impact on his family. On a social level, he never wanted his family to feel like they were missing out as taking them to nice restaurants was important to him. Physically, Parminder never wanted to pass on his bad habits to his daughter and create struggles for her future.
With the help of the program and his health coach, Parminder lost 17 ½ kilograms by setting realistic goals every week. He admits he still indulges with Indian food but now understands the importance of a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle. Rather than miss out, Parminder now cuts back on portion sizes and when he feels like he has indulged too much he often increases his fruit intake to flush out his system; a piece of advice from his health coach.
Since losing the weight, Parminder is amazed at how much energy he has “for the first time in my life I realised how active and energetic I was.”
Eating healthily, exercising regularly and enjoying life with newfound energy have now become part of Parminder’s everyday life. He exercises 4-5 times a week without the aid of a trainer and has even motivated his wife to start running. Together as a family they both understand the importance of setting a positive example for their 2 year old daughter and they spend more time outdoors in the park.
Parminder has happily had to change his whole wardrobe now that his clothes are so baggy.
“We do a lot more as a family now, especially with the kids…I am not embarrassed to get into a swimming costume, I feel more comfortable.”
Struggling to lose weight after the birth of her first two children but still determined, Wendy approached her doctor for help.
“My portion sizes were really out of control and because I was not exercising, I had no energy. I had been prescribed with anti-depressants and hated my job which didn’t help, so it wasn’t long before the weight started to pile on.”
After her second child Benjamin was born with Autism she knew she would need to lose weight once and for all, as keeping up with him alone required a lot of energy. Wendy knew she needed to be educated on nutrition and exercise and change her approach to eating, so she joined the Get Healthy Service to find the answers.
As Wendy embraced a healthier lifestyle she lost 36kg and went from being a size 16 to a size 8, maintaining her new weight even after her 3rd child was born. She felt it was important to transfer the lessons she had learnt on to her children so they would be able to make the right choices as they grew up, something Wendy had not been taught as a child.
Thanks to her coach, Wendy no longer looks at the scales but rather the way her clothes fit and how her body looks. She exercises every day and can finally keep up with her kids dancing, playing music and chasing them around the house.
Through support from her health coach, husband and friends Wendy now leads a very active lifestyle and has inspired those around her to follow in her footsteps.
“It was very good having that person, it gave you some motivation and justification because if I hadn’t done the right thing I was honest and told her, she didn’t judge.”
As a hard working former dog-handler in law enforcement, Roger was an integral arm of effective state-wide policing. Having spent 34 years in that job, Roger admits that juggling a busy work life and family has led his weight to increase steadily.
Since joining the Get Healthy Service, Roger was able to get back down to 82 kilograms and boasts it’s the lightest he has been in 30 years. Diagnosed as a Coeliac (gluten intolerant) Roger needed a lifestyle that was suitable to his dietary needs and was grateful that the program took this into consideration. With the help of his coach Jo, he learnt that although he may have been eating the right sorts of food, reducing the serving portions and keeping a food diary made a real difference.
Following in Roger’s footsteps are his 18 and 21 year old daughters, who gained motivation from their dad. Roger brags that his 21 year old is the fittest she has ever been after training her every day at the gym.
With no regrets, Roger is happy he is healthy at retirement and hopes to compete in the Tough Mudder competition next year.
“I have gone from being an overweight guy who didn’t exercise, to now where I consider myself very fit, very healthy. This has turned my life around!”
After watching a Get Healthy Service advertisement on TV it clicked with Ian that he was leading an unhealthy lifestyle and that he needed to do something about it. Indulging in take-away foods, constant snacking and not enough exercise was leaving him unhappy “I had no energy and consumed too much alcohol. I knew it was bad, I just had never taken that first step”
After signing up to the Get Healthy Service Ian completely changed his way of life and since joining the program has lost 23 kilograms.
“Every time I talked to my coach I would come away with something really helpful. They never criticised, always encouraged”
Even though Ian knew all along that he needed to exercise and eat healthier foods, having that backup to reinforce the positive actions was the key.
Now he does a 45-minute walk every morning with friends and has gotten back into the sports he enjoyed as a kid.
Ian’s wife is loving the transformation to a happy and active husband “I can’t believe it, it’s like a different person the way he jumps out of bed”
Ian now enjoys cycling and bush walking and claims after 32 years of marriage it’s great to be able to live an active lifestyle with his wife. Together they have completed the Oxfam Trail, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and Ian endeavours to complete Kokoda.
When asked whether Ian could see himself going back to his previous lifestyle, he said “I don’t see this as a diet that I have been on; I see this as a lifestyle change, as I have changed how I go about my life. It is not a diet, it is my life.”
“My husband eats a lot better, not a lot of junk, but if he indulges I can say no and not let it worry me which makes me feel better in myself.”
Having gone through breast cancer and losing her mother 3 months before, Elizabeth found she had become an emotional eater. Also suffering from different ailments like ulcers and nausea Elizabeth decided when she could no longer do up her trousers, it was time to change.
“Going through chemotherapy, my diet wasn’t very good and the treatment did some weird things to me.”
Leading a fairly inactive life and indulging in the wrong foods prior to the program, Elizabeth often experienced bad reflux and aches and pains throughout her body. Since joining the program she has lost 6 kilograms and leads a much healthier lifestyle with her husband.
Elizabeth enjoys cooking healthier meals and is trying to get her husband to eat more fish by cooking salmon at least once a week, she also encourages him to step outside and go for a walk. Since completing the program Elizabeth does not suffer from bad reflux anymore, her general aches and pains have improved and she is more mobile around the house.
“One of the things my health coach taught me was about calories, I am now very mindful of calories as well as 5 servings of fruit and vegetables…it has been a great learning experience.”
Laurel knew she was putting on weight and decided after seeing The Get Healthy TV commercial she had nothing to lose by making a change to her life. Having recently moved to Sydney, Laurel admits finding a new job, establishing new friends and moving all contributed to her emotional eating.
However, with the help of her Get Healthy health coach Laurel now has the right knowledge and outlook to live a balanced lifestyle, and always has a constant reminder in the back of her head to make the right decisions. Laurel has continued to follow the program and now understands the principles of good nutrition.
Ever since joining the program Laurel gets up every single morning at 5.30am, rolls out of bed and without thinking exercises 5 times a week through rain, hail or shine and can now successfully run 2.3km.
Laurel hopes to run the City to Surf this year with her daughter.