Meet Julie - a Life! participant
Julie, who has a history of gestational diabetes, joined the Life! program in 2019. Here she tells us how the program helped her lose 25 kilograms and live a happier, healthier life.
Before I joined the Life! program, I was the biggest I’d ever been in my life – 120 kilograms – and I had high cholesterol. I was Googling ways of getting support to lose weight when I came across the Life! program.
For me, the best aspect of participating in the program was having an amazing Life! coach. She was understanding, honest, full of great advice and very supportive – getting that support is so important.
The Life! program taught me a lot about exercise and nutrition, especially the importance of fibre, which I now try to include in all my meals. I also learnt about the foods that are high in fat. Basically, I found out what to eat and what not to eat.Participating in the Life! program has made a huge difference to my physical and psychological health. I have lost 25 kilos since l started the program. l never want to be as big as I used to be again, in fact I definitely want to lose more weight. So I’ll keep applying what I learnt on the program until I’m down to my target weight, and then I’ll use what I learnt to maintain it.
Everything I learnt on the Life! program has become part of my lifestyle – it’s not like going on a diet. I still watch what l eat, and maybe occasionally l might cheat, but l am active 7 days a week and l do a lot of walking. l always include fibre in my meals, l drink plenty of water and l have low sugar or no sugar desserts, which helps me because l used to crave sweet stuff – but not anymore.
I’d definitely recommend the Life! program to people. I’m in control now, and I’m so happy to have shed all that weight. I am a much happier person, wife and mum, and l always have heaps of energy. I’d like to say thank you to the Life! program people for all their help and support.
The Life! program is supporting Victorians throughout COVID-19. Our programs are running online and by telephone. Call 13 74 75 to speak to our friendly team about the program.