Small goals and a new lifestyle lead to weight-loss victory
AN ANCHOR for a medium-sized ship, a north pacific giant octopus and two cases of beer all weigh about 60kg.
That's also how much weight Karlye Lane of Goonellabah has lost since January this year.
The Anytime Fitness member, who has two young children, made a commitment to get fit this year after trying to lose weight for the past 10 years.
"Losing weight is about changing your whole lifestyle," Ms Lane said.
"I've changed the whole way I think about food.
Just 10 months ago Ms Lane weighed 120kg but decided after the birth of her second child she "didn't want to live another moment" being unhealthy.
While losing so much weight can seem like an overwhelming task for many, Ms Lane said there were no "magic tricks" to her inspiring achievement.
Instead, setting small fitness goals rather than looking at the number on the scales was her key to achieving long-term success.
From a diet of processed, high-carbohydrate, high-sugar foods, Ms Lane now eats more green vegetables and foods that are high in antioxidants.
"It's been a big emotional process and it's been hard to change my habits, but it's about consistency and getting up and doing the same thing every day," she said.
For anyone at the beginning of a weight-loss journey, Ms Lane said to "stick with it".
She said throughout her weight-loss journey the amount of exercise she did varied from day-to-day, but now she does one hour of exercise daily.
"I found if I didn't do the exercise, I missed it because it was such great stress relief," she said.
Ms Lane is now planning on entering the Gold Coast Marathon next year and is enjoying being able to talk to other people about her journey.
"I love talking to people about my story and I want to keep inspiring people," she said.
The way her whole family approaches life has changed as a result of her weight loss and she only wishes she had "done it sooner".