Dramatic weight loss inspires thousands

Sera Lilly, pictured right with daughter Amalia, before and after losing 39kg. A year ago she weighed just over 118kg.Sera Lilly, pictured right with daughter Amalia, before and after losing 39kg. A year ago she weighed just over 118kg.

On January 1, 2013, designer Sera Lilly got on the scales and was horrified at the number she saw.

That day, she made a decision to change her life for the better, but had no idea where the next 12 months would take her and the effect she would have on other women.

A year on, the prominent bridalwear designer has lost just over 39kg, dropped four dress sizes and is well on the way to reaching her health and fitness goals.

But it hasn’t been easy. On New Year’s Day 2013 she weighed just over 118kg. She had a 4-month-old baby and her wedding to Armani was six weeks away.

She was adamant she would walk down the aisle knowing she had done everything to look and feel her best.

“I knew I was never going to get tiny by my wedding day … But I wanted to at least know I’d tried, and to feel better than I did. I took ‘before’ photos in my togs and I just cried and cried,” she told the Herald.

Until last year Ms Lilly was an “M&Ms, Rashuns and Pepsi Max girl”. Now she’s hooked on daily gym sessions, and eating fresh food.

“I’ve lost about 100kg in my life. Every diet you can imagine – I’ve done. But now it needs to be about positive body image. It’s got to be about how you feel rather than how you look.”

Ms Lilly is making sure that message filters down to her four children, daughters Stella-Kate, 12, Luella, 5, and Amalia, 1, and son Kingston, 6.

“I’m teaching them that if we put good food into our bodies, we feel so much better. We don’t talk about weight loss in our house. We talk about being healthy, I want this to be a lifestyle change.”

Ms Lilly now follows the Rapid Fitness food plan programme.

“This has taught me about what’s good for me and what’s not and why it’s not …”

She has been chronicling her journey on her From Fat 2 Fit Facebook page, which thousands of women follow.

“It was somewhere I could put out my ideas. I never thought it would get to 5000 followers,” she said.

She has also created her own cleansing tea and is planning a line of workout gear for larger bodies.

She also wants to run a half marathon and take part in a body sculpting competition.

“I’d like to try that. To go from 118kg to 8 to 10 per cent body fat … wow. I just want to prove … that you can do it with hard work.”

Sera’s top 10 tips

1 Set goals: I set an end goal, a monthly, weekly and daily goal.

2 Exercise: I exercise at least 3 to 5 days a week.

3 Do it with a friend or support group. Me and my best friend Rosie starting losing weight together and last year lost more than 60kg between us.

4. Be realistic. How long did it take you to put the weight on? You won’t lose it overnight.

5 Find the right eating programme. For me it was Rapid Fitness.

6. If you have a bad day (which you will, we all do) don’t say I will start again next Monday like I used to. Start next meal.

7 It’s okay to have a cheat day, just don’t let it become a cheat week.

8 Drink plenty of water, it’s good for your skin and to rehydrate.

9 Stop saying you can’t do it – you can! You will! If I can do it you can.

10 Remember why you wanted to lose weight. Put some words or pictures around the house to remind you – on the fridge, mirrors, etc.

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Exhale’s FusionFest: Free Classes, Spa Services & Giveaways

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Posted: May. 21st, 2013 | Comments 0 | Make a Comment

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Beach season is fast approaching and if your love handles, thigh jiggle and beer belly are still lurking around, then youre probably looking for an intensive fitness regimen to start immediately. Which is why its so convenient that

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magazine are co-hosting FusionFest tomorrow, May 22, at 15 locations nationwide. All day, Exhale locations in Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Atlanta and other major cities will open their doors to the public, offering free classes, free mini-massages, light bites, giveaways and more. Its the 10th anniversary celebration for Exhaleand a great opportunity to learn more about the brand and its signature barre fitness program, Core Fusion.

Exhale is a high-end but holistically-focused spa and fitness studio that is often partnered up with Fairmont Hotel properties and New York’s Gansevoort Hotel, though there are also some free-standing facilities. Core Fusion, which has a strong yoga component, was one of the earliest hybrid fitness styles to really catch on, and is also one of the front-runners in incorporating core training into fitness classes. Typically the provenance of the uber-fit, (Cameron Diaz and Heidi Klum are two celebrity fans) Exhale is a bit of an insider secret. You know about it if youve become bored withthe typical strength and toning classes offered in chain gyms; or if youve gotten to stay at a Fairmont. But if you haven’t tried it yet, book a free class on the site and see what Core Fusion is all about at tomorrow’s event.

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The holidays can be a stressful time for everyone? from travelling to finding the perfect gift for everyone in your family, pressure seems to come from almost every aspect of the holidays. But between running through the airport and making sure your trans-continental gift packages arrive on time, your overall health and well-being shouldn’t be compromised. Here, we put together our top tips for maintaining your health and staying active over the next several weeks.

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Bikram Yoga: 90 minutes, 26 postures, 2 breathing exercises, and a 105-degree room. The theory behind it? High air temperature throughout the workout increases blood flow in the body, cleansing it of toxins and leaving you feeling rejuvenated physically and spiritually.  Now, you may be wondering what kind of people would put themselves through this when there are alternative- less intense forms of exercise out there, but Bikram has become more and more popular in the last couple of years. With a celebrity following of Lady Gaga and Madonna, I knew I HAD to give it a shot.

On a Thursday afternoon, I made a spontaneous decision to try out bikram (I’m talking fifteen minutes before class). With a rare wave of motivation, my yoga mat, and a water bottle (which I regretted not bringing multiple of), I stormed out the door giving my dog a confident nod (to convince him, but mostly myself that I knew what I was getting myself into).

I arrived at the studio and signed up for a two-week trial and was handed a waiver. I signed my name next to the x and the receptionist said, “first time?” I nodded; she smirked and led me to the studio (I now know what she was smirking at).

My instructor walked in, came over to me and said, “hello beautiful, my name’s Barbara.” (BARBARA ARE YOU READING THIS?) She showed me a couple of basic moves and then we began class.

Despite the heat, the class was very relaxing and I do strongly agree with the claim that allows for a spiritual enlightening.

Highlights from the class: eye rolling from my classmates, my mat getting so sweaty that I couldn’t balance during my ‘tree pose’, Barbara screaming “OPEN YA HAAYTTT” (heart), and some chanting at the end. All I can say is that afterwards I felt like Lindsay Lohan when they told her there was no room in jail for her….BUT IN A GOOD WAY. I give bikram yoga FIVE stars and recommend it to anyone who wants to challenge themselves and feel an all around sense of well being.

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– Kate Bunster

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