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Cricketer loses 30kg, takes 8 wickets in first game back

IN eight quick months, and sitting 30kg lighter, Chris Lethaus is back doing what he loves.

Last Sunday the 43-year-old ex-patriate Victorian donned the whites for the first time since last year to play for his beloved BITS Gold cricket team.

Just 12 months ago Lethaus was too fat to play after just two games.

"I felt lazy and very sluggish and was lucky to get through two overs," Mr Lethaus said.

"I hated myself and I wanted to live a longer life."

He wanted to return to the sport where he had earned life membership after giving 20 years service and so he did something about it.

Mr Lethaus joined Jenny Craig and the man his team-mates called Beano because of his red hair, which is the same colour as baked beans, has come back with outstanding results and a new lease of life.

"I went to do a Jenny Craig program and am still on the program and want to lose another five or six kilograms," Mr Lethaus said.

His girlfriend Elma Galus has been a rock throughout according to Mr Lethaus.

"She's proud of me whatever I do and I tell her every week after I go to Jenny Craig and keep her in the loop," he added.

BIGGEST LOSER WINNER: Chris Lethaus lost 30kg in eight months and took 8-16 last Sunday in a remarkable transformation. Photo Mike Richards / The Observer
BIGGEST LOSER WINNER: Chris Lethaus lost 30kg in eight months and took 8-16 last Sunday in a remarkable transformation. Photo Mike Richards / The Observer Mike Richards GLA130116WEHT

Mr Lethaus added that the program has changed his life and feels a lot more active as he also plans to make a comeback with the BITS Saints reserves football team.

"I also have done and still exercise every day to keep fit and I feel like I have so much more energy...I feel good about myself," Mr Lethaus said.

"Now I don't break a sweat bowling eight overs easily."

He added that diet plays an important part and drinking plenty of water.

"Dinner is the largest portion of the day," Mr Lethaus said.

Mr Lethaus' Jenny Craig case manager Denise Radford said it was very pleasing to see her client work so hard.

"He was very motivated and he didn't know how Jenny Craig would work," Ms Radford said.

"It's really great to see him playing sport and he has been amazing how he stuck with a plan.

"He's now playing sport and loves it...it makes us proud."

His stringent discipline reaped massive rewards on Sunday that produced 8-16 from his left arm medium-pace inswingers at Clinton Oval.

"I woke up that morning feeling really good and went into the game with confidence," Mr Lethaus said.

"Six of my wickets were bowled and I bowled in the right areas and when their batsmen missed, I hit."
 

CHRIS LETHAUS BIG GOALS

AGE: 43

WEIGHT BEFORE: 130.7kg

CURRENT WEIGHT: 100kg

TARGET WEIGHT: 95kg

REWARDS: 8-16 off 7.3 overs and playing sport

Topics:  bits, gladstone cricket association, jenny craig, weight loss



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