KARLA Howard's heart sank as she saw the needle on the scales fixed on a figure she didn't expect to see.
It was a figure the Taroom hairdresser certainly didn't like.
Karla is one of the Taroom Tonne participants, a community healthy-lifestyle program aimed at helping residents lose a combined tonne of fat.
After a month of the program, Karla had actually put on a few kilos.
The frown turned to a smile when the tape measure showed Karla had lost 5cm off her waist.
“I've lost the inches, not the kilos yet,” Karla said.
“I was so disappointed when I saw the scales but the tape measure looked a lot better,” she said.
Like the nurses at Taroom Hospital reported in last week's Central Telegraph, she is exercising more and watching what is on her fork.
The hairdresser goes for a walk most afternoons, but due to family can't take part in the morning walking group.
Her big change to her eating habits has been to cut down her meal portions - dramatically.
Karla uses a bread and butter plate for her serving, instead of a normal dinner plate.
She has one thing pushing her towards a healthy lifestyle.
“My encouragement is my daughter's year 12 formal - I want to look good for that,”Karla said.
The hairdresser was delighted when she heard about the Taroom Tonne.
“I think it's a damn fine idea - we need something like that,” she said.
Karla said she misses the exercise she got from the netball competition, which closed when one team folded.
The Taroom Tonne, which started on September 1, will run for six months.
The free program will measure weight loss and hold various events and challenges like the Biggest Loser TV series.
A barometer displayed at Taroom Hospital will have regular updates on the total weight loss by all the participants as they push towards losing a tonne.
The first weigh-in showed only 26 of the 64 participants have weighed in, but they have lost 37kg.
Taroom Hospital Director of Nursing Greg Hill encouraged the rest of the participants to come to the facility for the first weigh-in and get closer to the 1000kg community target.
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