One Mum’s determination to live a healthier life!
Karlye Thurlow, 36, from Lismore in NSW was a size 22 after her second child was born and weighed 120 kilograms.
She drank four litres of coke a day and binged on lollies and told Daily Mail Australia she was unhappy and tired all the time.
‘I was cooking food for my son when he was a few months old and it hit me,’ she said.
‘I just felt hypocritical nurturing my family and teaching them to eat properly without leading by example.’
She dropped the weight in just nine months and refused to put it back on.
‘I lost the first 20 kilograms by myself by changing my diet and walking for an hour every day.
‘I was too scared to go to the gym because people had been really cruel towards me because of how much weight I was carrying,’ she said.
But within three months she was ready to head to the gym. She got a personal trainer and in six months she had lost another 40 kilograms.
‘It wasn’t until after I started losing weight that I looked back at photos of myself and realised how much extra weight I had been carrying.
‘I never looked at myself in the mirror and thought about it being disgusting.
‘I guess I was reserved to feeling like that was my life and I wouldn’t be strong enough to change it.’
Ms Thurlow said losing the weight made her realise the emotional stresses which had triggered her to gain the weight in the first time.
‘My mother was in an abusive relationship – it was hard looking at her and seeing someone I looked up to being treated like that.
‘I stopped putting myself first and started doing everything for everyone.
‘I have now learnt to put myself first. I make sure I get my exercise in, I hang around like minded people and I teach my children about healthy food.’
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