Mother-of-two Jacinta Hipwell wants to help others achieve their goals after an impressive weight-loss journeyRENEE THOMPSON AND RHIANNON HORRELL April 23, 2014 12:10am
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.
Toolamba pole dancer Michaela Webster wins two awards at Australia Pole Championships in Canberra.
Paradise Queen owner Travis Smith is preparing to take on hundreds of runners at this year’s Yarrawonga Mulwala Multisport Festival to be held on October 18-19.
Billed as ‘Fabulous Flowers and Fine Food’, Tatura’s Anglican Church Parish had a successful fundraiser on Thursday, September 4.
Echuca police officers were joined by community members at a National Police Remembrance Day serivce on Monday.
Darren Pain from Sportspower is encouraging people to support small businesses on Saturday.
National Party ticket up for grabs
Rail line manager sends out warning after trespassers get too close to tracks to take photos.
Terry Hogan has stood down as Mayor of Jerilderie Shire due to an ongoing battle with cancer.
Heathcote cheerleader Taylah Kurrle is part of the Cheer Factor All Stars team for the Duel in the Desert championship in Palm Springs, California.
International cricket superstar Adam Gilchrist becomes number-one ticket holder and junior program ambassador for local club.
Deni Ute Muster thank myriad of volunteers.
The only consistent thing about frost damage in crops was its random nature, a cropping expert told his field day audience at Finley last Friday.
Tears flowed freely from players and supporters on Sunday when Benalla lost the Goulburn Valley Football League grand final by three points.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.