Amazing how losing 50kg can make you feel visible
By Luke Prendergast
ALISON Greig stands at 176cm and weighs 68.7kg, perfectly within the healthy weight range for a woman of her height. She has a nice figure too. You'd never guess that a couple of years ago she weighed a whopping 115kg.
The Mullumbimby woman has shed 46.4kg since her peak weight ? 35kg in the past year, earning her a place in the NSW/ACT semi finals of the Weight Watchers Slimmer of the Year 2007 competition.
Alison will travel to Sydney on Monday to share her story and compete with four other NSW/ACT semi-finalists to go into the National Finals in July.
"It inspires other women," the 43-year-old said. "People always say it's hard to lose weight once you're over 35 to 40, so that's positive.
"I have a friend who has my photo on her fridge. She took one of my new slim photos and put it on her fridge for inspiration."I'd always been overweight as a teenager and I've lost weight before and put it back on.
"I worked as an academic and I think I just paid more attention to work than I did to my health. Then I had a fairly serious illness and I stacked on the weight."
As a fulltime student about to complete a Graduate Diploma in Psychology, Alison understands that like professional sport, weight loss is a game played above the shoulders.
"Studying psychology made me realise how important one thinks and relates to food," she said.
And as far as exercise goes, Alison says weight-loss aspirants do not have to become marathon runners or gym junkies to lose the pounds.
"You don't need to spend, like on The Biggest Loser, four hours in the gym each day, just do a 45-50 minute walk."
Alison says she has a new sense of confidence to complement her new figure.
"I'm so much more confident, particularly dealing with other people. It's become a natural thing to eat well and do my exercise ? it's no longer a diet, it's just the way I am."
Alison's not the only one to notice the change. Now when she goes out she attracts plenty of attention from the chaps.
"People generally do stop and talk to me now. I'm a very shy person but I notice I get more attention. I felt invisible when I was fat, even though you can't be of course!"