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Echuca woman sheds 56 kilograms

Mother-of-two Jacinta Hipwell wants to help others achieve their goals after an impressive weight-loss journey

RENEE THOMPSON AND RHIANNON HORRELL April 23, 2014 12:10am

Jacinta Hipwell, left, and Bianca Stapleton


Echuca’s Jacinta Hipwell has lost an impressive 56kg and wants to inspire others to achieve their goals.

The mother-of-two said the incredible weight-loss journey has seen her become a healthier, active person.

A doctor raised concerns about her weight immediately after her son was born, casting a shadow over the happy occasion.

‘‘Upon coming home I slowly dropped five kilos but my eating habits were the same and I felt so unhappy and the lack of energy was evident. I could barely keep up with my daughter and a newborn. Again I cried and used food as an escape to mask the pain of being severely obese,’’ Ms Hipwell said.

She made a call to do something about her weight and improve her health.

‘‘Slowly I managed to move another nine kilos. I then fell into the head space that it was too hard,’’ she said.

‘‘I had two kids, a partner (and) a house to look after.’’

Ms Hipwell resolved to join a gym when she had the time and money.

‘‘Again I used food as an escape of how unhappy I was,’’ she said.

‘‘On September 5 last year, I had major life and family changes (and) I decided enough was, in fact, enough.’’

‘‘I began slowly with my eating, added in some home workouts, then slowly found an amazing group for mothers and bubs.

‘‘With the help of my family and friends, my personal trainer, some inspiration and determination, I realised that we can do anything we set our minds to.

‘‘I’m proof of that.

‘‘You don’t need fancy gyms and the best workout clothes.’’

When Ms Hipwell’s journey began in September, she weighed 140kg.

She has since lost 56kg and now weighs 83.9kg.

She is 9kg off achieving a healthy body mass index.

Her advice to others: ‘‘Start with baby steps. Anything that inspires you, you’ve got to grab it, whether it’s a song or a photo or anything,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s been a major turnaround for me.

‘‘Once you feel good and start looking a bit better, your whole aspect on life begins to change.’’

She said running had been her weapon of choice.

‘‘There’s a lot of sports out there but I really enjoy running and the freedom of being alone and in my own thoughts.’’

She also does Reform Fitness with personal trainer Dee, who she said has been a huge motivator.

‘‘You just need to start and have the belief that ‘you can do this’,’’ she said.

‘‘When you fall pick yourself back up and try again. Surround yourself with what makes you happy and the change will come.’’

■ Ms Hipwell is sharing her story as part of Active April, a Victorian Government initiative which challenges people to do 30 minutes of physical activity a day. Head to activeapril.vic.gov.au to find out more. April is nearly over but this paper supports the initiative and its continuation to achieve good health.

Renee Thompsonand Rhiannon Horrell

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