Anita Jurd - 2013 Slimmer of the Year


 The most significant thing that I have achieved whilst losing 50kg, is that I have found myself. I know the person that stares back at me in the mirror and I like her! 

How long it took: 53 wks
How she did it: Weight Watchers Meetings Alison Redding and Mary Borg.


Success with Weight Watchers
The most significant thing that I have achieved whilst losing 50kg, is that I have found myself. I know the person that stares back at me in the mirror and I like her!

I love not getting tired on a normal day, as I used to. But nothing will compare to the knowledge that I am a good mother, a good person, a happy person. I worked my butt off mentally and physically to get here, and wish I had done so sooner as the program is so easy to live by!

Trigger moment
I wasn't being the mother I wanted, always tired and lethargic, struggling to play with my children. Now they try to keep up with me! Losing weight forced me to realise that I wasn't unhappy because I was obese; I was obese because I was unhappy. Carrying the weight was carrying a shield from facing the actual problems that I had in my life. I wake up every day and want to get up. I'm living, no longer surviving!

Being a Weight Watchers lifetime member, having lost 17kg in 2003, I knew that the program works for me, unlike the few others I had tried since my weight started fluctuating again in 2005. I gained a monstrous 40kg in my first pregnancy and at 6 months post partum from my second son I tipped the scales at 117kg. I had honestly tried to be healthier in my second pregnancy but after his birth I was so busy caring for my family that I didn't make my own health a priority. Each day I knew that I was obese. I felt stressed, lethargic, anxious, unhappy and simply terrible about myself. My self esteem and confidence plummeted in all aspects of my life. This was what I imagined to be the happiest time of my life! Yet, it was anything but. Ultimately, I didn't recognise the person staring back at me in the mirror. I needed to change for good.

Biggest regret
My biggest regret is undoubtedly becoming a professional photo dodger! I truly wish I had more photographs with my beautiful babies and also at my step sister’s wedding. I was so scared of "ruining" photographs that I didn't want to be in them. I look back now and only see joy and love, I wish I had realised that my obesity wasn't a hindrance in that sense.

Lifestyle changes
My behaviour towards food and exercise has done a total 180! I was a couch potato that was reluctant to get off the lounge to make dinner! Now I walk with my boys in the double pram on a daily basis and make time for the gym 2-3 times a week.

Food awareness was most important. I knew I was doing no exercise, but was under the illusion that as I wasn't devouring a block of chocolate a day that I wasn't eating poorly! I was eating foods that were fine - my eating habits were poor. I'd eat nothing all day then consume 3 times my daily ProPoints budget in the evening.

Affect on others lives
I'm so very blessed to have had a fabulous support system of family and friends throughout my weight loss journey. I became a single parent three months into my weight loss journey and it took all of my willpower to continue. I made this decision after my loving Dad pointed out to me how well I had done in those three months and urged me to continue and reach my goals. I will always be grateful to him for giving me the encouraging words when I needed them most. Oddly, my biggest support was my ex-fiancé. I was scared to invest in myself, that I may fail, and it would be a waste of time and money. He pushed me to make myself and my health a priority. I realised shortly afterwards that looking after myself was looking after my family too.