Deternined Rachael drops 14kg after weight gain from illness
GOONELLABAH local Rachael Standing's weight loss journey is one of persistence and overcoming adversity.
The 28-year-old mother of two has struggled with bouts of a debilitating medical condition that would restrict the amount of activity she could do, resulting in weight gain.
After finally reaching her ideal weight goal in 2012, Ms Standing suffered a remission of ulcerative colitis - an inflammatory bowel disease characterised by chronic intestinal inflammation - that landed her in hospital.
"I was diagnosed when I was 19 years old," she said. "It's very painful, so you're in pain all the time.
"It's just an ongoing thing for me. I get sick, I deal with that, and then I try to lose the weight that I've put on from being on Prednisone."
After two years of heavy medication, Ms Standing was heavier than when she started.
"It [the medication] just totally shuts your immune system down to stop your body from attacking itself and the largest part of your immune system is your skin so you can't be in the sun," she said.
"I couldn't go in the sun for a year, which made it hard to walk because I used to walk all the time."
After months of hard work following her recovery, Ms Standing managed to shed an impressive 14kg, bringing her within 5kg of her ideal weight.
"I just want people to know never give up," she said.
"If you have something in mind, keep at it regardless.
"Lots of people would probably get something that stalls them and give up. I've had many of them, and don't give up if you want something."
Ms Standing is one of 10 finalists in the Australia and New Zealand Inspirational Journey's Award, part of the annual Weight Watchers Healthy Life Awards.