Former obese workaholic Sally Symonds.
Former obese workaholic Sally Symonds.

How I went from fat to fabulous

SALLY Symonds used to be a morbidly obese workaholic who was constantly tired and desperately unhappy.

After being turned down for a promotion at work and splitting with her long-term partner, she hit rock bottom.

That was the catalyst for a complete turnaround. Since then she has halved her weight and doubled her life expectancy.

She lost 50kg (half her body weight) and her life couldn’t be more different.

Sally didn’t have surgery, she didn’t need the commando from the Biggest Loser and she didn’t use dieting tricks.

Instead she made practical and simple changes to her food and attitude to exercise.

She stopped consuming the countless empty calories she was used to and made friends with the gym.

In the first 33 weeks, a determined Sally managed to shed 45kg and years on is now down to just 53kg, half her original weight.

And she has kept it off for five years while balancing a busy life and flourishing career.

Desperate for others to benefit from what she discovered and hoping they too could transform their life, she released a book, 50 Steps to Lose 50 Kilos and Keep it Off.

“My book outlines the steps I took and changes I made – to my food, exercise and mind – in order to transform myself from the food-loving, exercise-loathing workaholic I was then, to the food-loving, exercise-loving, work-balanced person I am now,” Sally said.

Sally will speak about her weight loss journey at this weekend’s Reality Writes writers’ festival at the Cooroy Library.

She will launch her new book, 50+ Recipes To Lose 50+KG And Keep It Off at the festival.

Sally is not the only one to have lost a phenomenal amount of weight and transformed her life.

David Gillespie lost 40kg by eliminating sugar from his diet and has since waged a war against the sweet stuff which he documented in Sweet Poison, which was published two years ago. He has since followed up with Sweet Poison Quit Plan.

He is not a nutritionist, scientist or a doctor. But as an overweight lawyer, tired all the time and constantly unhappy he decided to investigate why.

And what he discovered about sugar and fructose, troubled him.

Reality Writes will be held from today until Sunday at the Cooroy Library.

Ms Symonds and Mr Gillespie will discuss weight loss tomorrow at 10am.

For more information visit Reality Literary Festival.



Sugar was once such a rare resource that nature decided we didn’t need an off-switch – in other words, we can keep eating sugar without feeling full.

In the space of 150 years, we have gone from eating no added sugar to more than a kilogram a week.

You would need to run 7km every day of your life just to not put on weight as a result of eating that much sugar.

The more sugar we eat, the more we want.

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