Winner of the DC Motors Lifestyle Challenge, Brett Morrison, with his family Maz, 5, Lily, 7, and wife Donna.
Winner of the DC Motors Lifestyle Challenge, Brett Morrison, with his family Maz, 5, Lily, 7, and wife Donna. Sharyn O'Neill

Weight off his body and mind

BRETT Morrison had, in his own words, let himself go. At 43, the former triathlete says he was fat, lazy and incredibly unfit.

But that was 12 weeks and 26 kilograms ago.

Now the paint stores operations manager from Norman Gardens, Rockhampton is not only celebrating his newfound lust for life, he has a new Nissan Micra in his driveway after winning the DC Motors Lifestyle Challenge on Saturday.

“I feel 20 times healthier,” he said yesterday, still amazed that he had beaten the challengers to be Rocky’s biggest loser.

He arrived at Saturday’s final weigh-in convinced that fellow contestant Anthony Rapkins would be crowned champion, but happy nevertheless that he had achieved his personal goal of dipping below 100kg.

“What I didn’t realise is that Anthony was ineligible for the main prize because he had competed in an earlier event. He came second two years ago after losing more than 40kg but had put the weight on again.”

The rules were clear that Anthony, who lost 45kg and an incredible 27% of his body weight in just three months, was out of the running for the prize because of his previous participation.

“It was a total surprise,” said Brett. “The icing on the cake.”

In his youth, Brett had been something of an athlete, a talented runner with a competitive edge. But a serious ankle injury stopped all that and he says he had become a typical middle-aged bloke.

“My job is demanding and eats up a lot of time and when I got home it was much easier to have a few beers to relax than to go for a run.

“It was a bad habit and the weight piled on. I was grazing a lot, and eating about six meals a day.”

So out went the booze and in came a strict three-meals-a-day regimen.

“I didn’t really count the calories, but I did start to take regular exercise again at the Rocky Fitness Centre. There’s plenty of variety in the gym which helped a lot because I don’t like doing weights,” he said.

And Brett says that just because he won the annual contest doesn’t mean he’ll stop living his healthy lifestyle.

“My new target is 90 kilos and I’ve given away the booze for good. Nothing changes; I’ll be in the gym Monday because I feel so much better.”



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