LIFESTYLE CHANGE: Sarah Phillips feels great after going from 90kg to 55kg in weight. Friday, Nov 7, 2014 . Photo Nev Madsen / The Chronicle
LIFESTYLE CHANGE: Sarah Phillips feels great after going from 90kg to 55kg in weight. Friday, Nov 7, 2014 . Photo Nev Madsen / The Chronicle Nev Madsen

Weight loss makes for a new person

SHE HAS lost nearly half her weight, but she feels like twice the woman.

Meringandan resident Sarah Phillips knows what it's like to be overweight.

The nurse was a size six until she was diagnosed with depression.

She was given medication that made her weight balloon to 90kg.

"I was never a big person so for me to go to that weight was horrible," she said.

"When I was able to overcome depression, I decided to lose the weight.

"I wanted to do it on my own."

So, without a personal trainer, she went on a diet.

Changing her eating habits made a big difference and now she has dropped to 55kg.

"When I was on medication I craved things that I wouldn't usually eat like biscuits, bread and cake," she said.

"I went to the gym twice a day and tried to make an effort with food but it was difficult.

"When I came off the medication I didn't seem to crave those things any more and I still don't."

At the end of the day losing the weight came down to her diet.

Instead of having a loaf of bread a day, she started eating foods like salad, chicken and fruit.

Gaining weight gave her a new perspective on obesity.

"Not all overweight people just sit there and eat KFC," she said.

"Now when I look at obese people I understand there are so many reasons for it."

Ms Phillips also saw the darker side of society as a target of nasty comments.

"I was bullied because of my weight," she said.

"It's amazing to see how differently people treat you."



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