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Ronda's 12-month, 70kg journey back to living life

ONE DAY Ronda Smith was telling her daughter how active she had been as a teenager when her daughter said to her: "that's not how I know you mum".

Ronda weighed 160.3kg, and it was then that she realised she was sick of being fat. So she started a 12-month journey that has seen her lose 70kg already.

Rhonda, 46, kept putting herself and her health last.
Rhonda, 46, kept putting herself and her health last. Mike Richards GLA271015LOSS

"I wanted to live in life. I had been living on the sidelines for 20 years," she said.

She owns Gladstone City Cleaning and works hard at it; but she was putting the weight on slowly, over a long period of time.

"I wasn't thinking about what I was eating and my portion size was just too big," she said. "I would have a big piece of meat and starch vegies, deep fried foods and sweets."

The 46-year-old mother of three was also putting herself last, time and time again. So when her youngest child got his apprenticeship she walked into Jenny Craig in Gladstone.

"When he got his apprenticeship I thought 'no worries it's my turn now'," she said.

"The education was the most important part. I learnt about portion sizes and wasted kilojoules. I don't drink soft drink when I could have some food instead."

Even the foods she once loved now leave a bad taste in her mouth.

"I can feel the fat in foods just cover my whole mouth," she said.

At the time Ronda wouldn't fly because she was terrified of getting into plane seats. She had given up her former passions - swimming and kayaking.

But since losing 70kg she has flown to Melbourne and had a skiing holiday.

Ronda’s grandchildren love how active she is.
Ronda’s grandchildren love how active she is.

 

She hasn't stopped there, doing fun runs along the way.

"My husband is getting sick of me going away to fun runs but I had to explain to him if I have something to aim for I will train harder," she said.
 

HOW RONDA'S LIFE HAS CHANGED

Romance: "Yeah it's been awesome...... (My husband) is quite happy."

Family: "I am able to run around and actually play with my grandchildren."

Health: "I used to have to take medication for high blood pressure but I don't take them anymore."

Energy: "I just don't stop now."

Confidence: "I've always been confident but I am probably worse now (too confident)."

Shopping: "I love being able to shop in mainstream shops."

Taste: "I've discovered seafood and it has no fat unless it is deep fried."

Education: "I was taught how to eat correctly and now it is just second nature."
 

"My kids have been great and do them with me and my grandchildren come along too."

Her next event is Tough Mudder, an obstacle course with rope ladders and mud.

"Imagine the sense of achievement competing and finishing it," she said.

Ronda’s grandchildren love how active she is.
Ronda’s grandchildren love how active she is.

"My kids still look at me like I'm an idiot."

But all of this is an incredible achievement for a woman who 12 months ago couldn't walk 1.5km.

She now hits the fitness trail four times a week, the gym three times, jogs 7km on the weekends and has started aquafit.

She's also been able to change the way she dresses.

"I love being able to shop in mainstream shops," she said. "I wouldn't even go into them before because nothing would fit and it got to the stage I had to buy them online."

Ronda hasn't stopped working on her weight yet but there is one achievement she has met.

"My daughter said to me a couple of weeks ago that she can now see the person I used to be."

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