Michelle Bridges: How to shape up over the silly season
"You are not alone."
By Jenny Ky
December 12 2019
Earlier this year, Tamworth made headlines for its obesity epidemic.
With 62,000 residents, nearly 50 per cent of them were considered overweight.
Enter Michelle Bridges, who set up a challenge to the people of Tamworth to trim down - creating a program specifically designed to help change the relationship between mind, food and fitness.
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"What a treat it was to go out there and work with these people," Bridges said.
"We had close to 300 people who did the program, and of that 300 we lost over 400kg.
"But more importantly, when it comes to all the health markers, on average it was six centimetres lost around people's waistlines, and 12 per cent of them lost five per cent of their body weight.
"The personal stories that came out of it, the mental health stories that came out of it, and just the support and the networking of the community coming together - it was a pleasure to be a part of."
"The biggest message here is support," Bridges said.
"You can reach out to your doctors, your family and friends, local communities, and reach out to us at the 12-Week Body Transformation.
"So reach out, because there's plenty of support out there. You are not alone."
Shaping up in the silly season
"What's the one thing everybody says they don't have enough of? Time," Bridges said.
"And if you're lucky, you've got time over the holiday period - so use that time to get more active. Go for a walk with your loved ones.
"You also don't have to go to every single party. You can say no to some of them, or be the designated driver for some of them as well.
"Swap out your potato chips with vegetable sticks, or salted peanuts with mixed fruit. It can be a substantial amount of difference in the calories that you're consuming."