Weighing in on targets
LAURELL Whittaker has her vices but she has also found long-lasting will-power after joining the Maryborough Shiralee Night Weight Club in 1998.
She said being a member has helped her keep on track to lose weight.
"If I didn't go I know for a fact I would put on weight," Laurell said.
Each weigh-in reminds Laurell to watch what she eats which she said is half the battle along with keeping active.
"We follow an eating plan - limit your foods, salt and sugars and try to exercise.
Housework, mowing the lawn and gardening are great forms of exercise.
She said in the club they have a blow-out day once a week and most of the time she will indulge in icecream, depending on her mood.
"There are days when I crave but I just go outside or have a drink of water.
"I tell myself I don't need it, I don't want it but geez it would be nice to have it.
There are a lot of healthy choices including Laurell's choice of yoghurt or fruit instead of chocolate.
"It is will power but we are all human and everyone is different."
Laurell said a lot of members go for the friendship.
"It is a commitment but also kind of like a self help group, a nice social group," she said.