Rockhampton's Robyn Parsons loses almost 40kgs in 40 weeks
ROBYN Parsons has a three metre piece of ribbon representing how many centimetres she has lost over the past year.
Since mid-January, Robyn has been abiding by The Natural Way Living program and in 40 weeks, the 48-year-old has lost 36.7kg, and 282cm from her waist, hips, bust, arms, bottom and knees.
"For every 30cm you lose, they give you a piece of ribbon - I have a 3m piece of ribbon now," Robyn said proudly.
"When I started, I was 151.2kg, and now I am down to 114.5kg - I'm still a big girl and have been all my life - I don't think I will ever be skinny...I have a pear-shaped body. But I want to hit that 99-100kg mark - that's my goal," she added.
Every weekend, Robyn calls bingo at Scotia House, and every weekend, the ladies compliment her achievement, and ask how they can lose weight too.
Robyn's reply is simple: "You have to want to lose weight."
She said she used to go to the gym, and over time had lost 30kg.
But two years ago, her partner Richard Hall, a jockey, had a fall and she chose to quit the gym to care for him and her two children while also working full time at Rockhampton's Chevron Steam Laundry.
The weight began to creep back on.
She gained 20kg before deciding to curb the weight gain and trialling The Natural Way.
Because she wanted to lose weight, Robyn said she found the new lifestyle "easy".
"I treated myself with a chocolate for every five kilos I lost...I won't deprive myself - as Sandra at The Natural Way would say to me, 'there's 21 meals in a week, if you splurge on one, you still have 20 to eat well'. I generally eat healthily and alternate from a low GI menu to a high protein one plus I take The Natural Way supplements."
Robyn also walks for 45 minutes every morning, and keeps active at her job.
Losing weight has given Robyn more energy, better health and in general, a new lease on life - she is battling the growing obesity problem in Central Queensland and leading by example.
ROBYN'S WEIGHT LOSS TIPS:
You have to want to lose weight to keep it off
Be patient - there's no quick fix - it takes time
Watch portion sizes - be aware if you feel full and stop eating if you do
Exercise is important
Drink lots and lots of water