56 Years Old | Get Healthy participant
“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.
The foundations for a healthy lifestyle were always there for Roger, as a young adult Roger participated in Surf Life Saving, he practiced Judo and even competed in the 1988 Police Olympics. Although he was quite active and ate well, Roger still felt that he needed that extra bit of motivation.
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.