Walking and Weight Watchers - A Recipe for Success
Concerned about her ever increasing weight last Christmas and constantly dealing with headaches and a lack of motivation, Noelene put off making changes to her lifestyle.
"I was always 'too busy' working and taking my kids to sports practice. I didn't have any time for myself. I was constantly tired and doing no exercise. In January joined Weight Watchers, weighing in at 112 kg. In May I was also diagnosed with Type II diabetes.
"When approached by my Practice Nurse at the North Shore Clinic and asked if I wanted a Green Prescription, I said I would give anything a go. I had heard about Green Prescriptions on the radio but had been too scared to ask my GP about them in case I got a 'growling'."
Six months after starting her prescribed exercise, Noelene has shed 20 kilos and is regularly walking to the shops to run her errands. Gone are the days of driving to the shops after work: Noelene parks up at home and walks. She receives regular newsletters and, with a little more weight loss, she will join a regular exercise class recommended by Sport North Harbour.
"I now watch my diet carefully for both my weight and diabetes. These both keep me on the straight and narrow. I have found my cheek bones and hip bones and now my stomach does not stick out further than my bust!"
Noelene's lifestyle changes have certainly added life to her years.