Lifestyle

Mega weight loss woman couldn't lift herself out of pool

Madonna Wex has lost 65kg in the past two years and is now in line for an award from Weight Watchers. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Madonna Wex has lost 65kg in the past two years and is now in line for an award from Weight Watchers. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

IT WAS the moment that changed Madonna Wex's life.

Surrounded by family and friends on a warm Christmas Day more than two years ago, Madonna discovered she had become too overweight to lift herself out of a swimming pool.

The embarrassing shock sent her on a journey to change her lifestyle and ultimately lose 65kg.

The Rockhampton woman joined Weight Watchers aiming to lose 62kg before her 50th birthday.

Madonna achieved her goal weight only one week after she celebrated her birthday this year and she has maintained it since March.

"I thought, 'that was close enough'," the notorious perfectionist joked.

"Weight Watchers teaches you how to eat properly. This is a way of life."

Her hard work has seen her selected as one of five Queensland semi-finalists for the Slimmer of the Year Award at the annual Weight Watchers Healthy Life Awards.

The Ergon Energy shift worker will fly to Brisbane next week to be interviewed before applications will be whittled down to a finalist from each state.

The five Australian finalists and two finalists from New Zealand will then join together in Sydney in September for Finals Week, where they will receive the full celebrity treatment, including a glamorous makeover.

If Madonna wins, she will receive a $5000 holiday package to a destination of her choice.

She was urged to put her name down for the inspirational award last year, but she didn't feel she had lost all the weight she had wanted.

"I think just not giving in is the most important thing," Madonna said.

"I'm a perfectionist. You really have to learn to be kinder to yourself (and) set little goals."

She said changing her lifestyle was difficult initially, and she didn't shed a lot of weight at first.

But the movie buff used phrases from popular films to inspire her to keep going.

Often when Madonna struggled, she'd push herself on by reciting "just keep swimming, just keep swimming", like the fish Dory from Finding Nemo.

Now she has gone from being inspired by other women two-and-a-half years ago, to inspiring other people herself.

Although she admits the attention has been a little overwhelming.

"Sometimes the bigger you are, the smaller you feel," Madonna said.

"You get used to hiding. (But) it's like I'm paying it forward. If I'm inspiring others, then that's good."

Madonna Wex has lost 65kg in the past two years and is now in line for an award from Weight Watchers. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Madonna Wex has lost 65kg in the past two years and is now in line for an award from Weight Watchers. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

Benefits of exercising

Exercise improves self-esteem and counters stress and depression.

Researchers from the University of Carolina found people who exercised regularly were 23% less likely to get colds.

At least 35% of all cancer deaths may be related to being overweight or having a lack of physical activity.

Exercise enhances blood flow to the brain, which improves memory.

Madonna Wex as she was in January 2012 before she started her weight loss journey.
Madonna Wex as she was in January 2012 before she started her weight loss journey.

Healthy eating

Tomatoes are full of lycopene, which has cancer-fighting capabilities by reducing toxins in the body.

Broccoli is packed with antioxidants to reduce stomach, lung and rectal cancers. They are also rich in beta-carotene, vitamin C and folate which boosts immunity to colds and flus.

Carrots are loaded with eye, skin and hair-enriching nutrients. They're also a rich source of antioxidants and protect from cardiovascular damage.

Sweet potato are a good source of fibre and iron, which regulates the digestive system and gives you energy.

Eggplants are believed to lower the risk of stroke and dementia because of their fibre and potassium. They also contain a unique antioxident, nasunin, that protects the brain from damage.

Capsicum is believed to lower the risk of lung, colon, bladder and pancreatic cancers.

Spinach is full of almost every vitamin and nutrient. It is believed a diet rich in spinach may prevent everything from heart disease to colon cancer, arthritis and osteoporosis.

Topics:  editors picks obesity swimming pool weight loss



Foodies' scavenger hunt: are you up for it?

IF YOU want to give your tastebuds the flavour sensations of a lifetime, here is the ultimate foodie’s scavenger hunt through Brisbane.

5 minutes with Israel Folau on footy, life and love

Israel Folau and Silver Fern netballer Maria Tutaia announced their engagement last last year.

WE CAUGHT up with football star and Brisbane ex-pat Israel Folau.

10 reasons to head to South Bank this summer

Head to the only inner-city beach in Australia!

South Bank has a ridiculous amount of fun things to do.

Five mammoth events you need in your life

No Caption

BRISBANE isn’t known for doing things by halves…

How to make your child's every dream come true...

Take a dip at South Bank in the inner-city beach.

‘I DON’T want to do fun things, Mum and Dad’… said no child ever!

How to do Eat Street the right way

Know where to start and where to end to avoid a huge food coma before you get to experience all the goodies!

EVERY Friday and Saturday night, Hamilton comes alive.

You can do WHAT in Brisbane?!

Talk about arriving in style! Take your pub crawl to the next level with a helicopter!

BET you didn't know you could do these things in Brisbane...

Rockhampton girl to shine in Green Day musical

CENTRE STAGE: Rockhampton's Lorinda Merrypor has been cast in the Brisbane season of Green Day's American Idiot musical, which runs at QPAC from February 23.

The Brisbane season of American Idiot will feature a CQ performer

'Massive amount of damage' to Rockhampton showgrounds

The People's Bar and Control Tower at the Rockhampton Showgrounds were vandalised on Sunday night.

Weekend of racing overshadowed by senseless vandalism

Local Partners

Claws take to court for pre-season hit-out

Injury meant Capricorn Claws' under-19 vice-captain Emily Bleney had to watch from the sidelines as her teammates played pre-season matches on Sunday.


New Year New Yard

Win $1000 Bunnings Voucher
Learn More

Excitement builds over Da Vinci exhibition

Da Vinci Machines is on display at Rockhampton Art Gallery from 18 March until 25 May.

Exhibition features in excess of 60 models of machines

WHAT'S ON: Your guide to events in CQ this weekend

Aussie Shakespeare is a frenetic and good-humoured canter combining classic Shakespearean stories and characters with Australian themes from cyclones to football to the revolving door of federal politics.

Everything you need to know about events in the region

Puppetry of the Penis secrets revealed ahead of show

The famed Puppetry of the Penis is coming to the Sunshine Coast for shows in Noosa and Caloundra.

WARNING: This interview contains adult themes and traces of nuts

'Allo 'Allo! star Gorden Kaye has died

Gorden Kaye, pictured in Brisbane in 2007, found fame as a cafe owner Rene Artois in the iconic British television series ‘Allo ‘Allo!

ACTOR Gorden Kaye, from BBC comedy ‘Allo ‘Allo!, has died.

Lion roars to straight to No 1 at Aussie box office

Nicole Kidman, David Wenham and Sunny Pawar in a scene from the movie Lion.

THE Australian-made movie a hit, while Rogue One nears record mark.

Ozzy Osbourne fell asleep during his driving test

Not a good idea to give Ozzy a Ferrari

Kristen Stewart to host SNL

Kristen Stewart will host a pre-Super Bowl episode of SNL next month

Louis Tomlinson celebrated his son's first birthday

Louis Tomlinson and Briana Jungwirth celebrate son's first birthday

Kylie Minogue will take husband's name

Kylie Minogue will take her fiancé Joshua Sasse's surname

'We are in no better position' after Payne's announcement - Marlborough committee

Linda Geddes, Leslie Olive, Danii McKenzie and Joanne Rea at the meeting

'Minimum acquisition' not in the best interests of our graziers

Why investors are flocking to Moranbah

Moranbah homes are selling like hotcakes, creating a supply problem

Investors are scrambling to get into the market

SHOALWATER: Protest efforts against land acquisition ramp up

Craig mustering cattle off the marine plain at their Marlborough property about and hour and a half north of Rockhampton

Online petition attracts loads of signatures, rally next week

Stockland's $150m pitch: Build it and they will come

Gladstone Marina. The Gladstone Regional Council offers a range of exciting job opportunities. Photo Contributed: Murray Ware.

Here's why we need to see Stockland upgrade start soon.

By the water's edge

Secure your seachange

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!