State Finalists Lead the Weigh in a National Slimming Competition

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-Five inspirational Aussies shed a combined total of almost 220 kilos and are announced as State finalists for the 2012 Weight Watchers Healthy Life Awards -

Weight Loss with Weight Watchers

Raun Sutton Before and After

Raun Sutton has transformed his lifestyle, shedding 29.8% of his body weight

On a mission to celebrate Weight Watchers success stories around Australia and New Zealand, the 2012 Healthy Life Awards (HLA) heard from almost 500 entrants who had lost a staggering combined total of more than 10,000kilos.

Five of the country’s most inspiring weight loss and lifestyle transformation stories have been recognised by Weight Watchers, with the following being short-listed as State finalists:

1. Victorian State finalist: Melissa Matthews (39), Nurse, Oakleigh South
Lost 68.6 kilos with her local Weight Watchers group

Melissa first began her journey with Weight Watchers Australia in September 2010 after being declined income protection because of her size. Just under two years later, the 39-year-old has undergone a lifestyle transformation, shedding nearly half of her body weight.

2. Western Australia State finalist: Raun Sutton (37), Contact Centre Team Leader, Nollamara
Lost 35.7 kilos with his local Weight Watchers group

Raun first began his weight loss journey with Weight Watchers in October 2011 after seeing his reflection in a window on the way to work, out of breathe and perspiring. 10 months later, the 37-year-old has transformed his lifestyle, shedding 29.8% of his body weight.

3. Queensland State finalist: Kristen Stirling (26), Mother and Business Owner, Redcliffe
Lost 38.4 kilos with her local Weight Watchers group

Kristen first began her journey with Weight Watchers in February 2011 after seeing unflattering pictures of herself at her daughter’s naming ceremony. 17 months later, the 26-year-old has undergone a complete lifestyle transformation, shedding 36.4% of her body weight.

4. South Australia State finalist: Natalie Gillham (48), Accountant, North Brighton
Lost 33 kilos with her local Weight Watchers group

Natalie’s inspiring story began when she had an embarrassing moment being unable to fit into a harness zip whilst on an adventure holiday in Tasmania. It was at that moment Natalie realised a change was needed to improve her lifestyle. She began attending local Weight Watchers meetings and found inspiration from fellow members who shared and helped each other to overcome their unhealthy habits. Natalie’s husband also joined Weight Watchers, and they continue to attend meetings together keeping each other on track.

5. New South Wales State finalist: Jessica Arnot (28), Childcare Worker, Killarney Vale
Lost 43.5 kilos with her local Weight Watchers group

Jessica first began her weight loss plan with Weight Watchers in May 2010 when her lifestyle was impacting both her health and personal life, with the doctor identifying her high blood pressure and family and friends recognised her unhappiness. Two years and two months later, the 28-year-old has undergone a lifestyle transformation, shedding over 40% of her body weight.

All Australian State finalists will now join two finalists from New Zealand in Sydney this month for National Judging Week. Throughout the week, the finalists will enjoy a glamorous makeover and photoshoot with the Weight Watchers Magazine and a private Zumba class at Livingwell Health Club in the Hilton alongside other exciting activities before attending the glittering gala event in Sydney on September 19th. One of the Australian finalists will be crowned ‘Australian Slimmer of the Year’, taking home the major prize of a six-night escape for two in the Cook Islands flying Air New Zealand.

Weight Watchers Australasia Managing Director, Joseph Saad comments: “We’re so proud of our State finalists’ incredible journeys with Weight Watchers. We understand that the first initial steps towards a healthier lifestyle can sometimes be a little daunting, so hope that the stories unveiled by the Healthy Life Awards can show others what can be achieved with positive thinking and perseverance.”

In recognition of the 10,347 kilos lost by entrants to the 2012 Healthy Life Awards, Weight Watchers is donating $10,347 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

For more information and to read the success stories of this year’s finalists visit: http://www.healthylifeawards.com.au/finalists/

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