How to lose weight: 3 steps behind woman’s 32kg loss

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Molly Sprocket reached breaking point two years after the death of her mother.

The 39-year-old retail manager from Sydney said watching her terminally ill mum pass away impacted her both emotionally and psychologically.

As a result, Ms Sprocket she stopped taking care of herself properly, developing a poor relationship with food.

She didn’t realise how it was affecting her until she stepped on the scales and it reflected almost 100kg.

“I thought to myself, that is not who I am. I know that life is so short and the only person I was hurting was myself,” Ms Sprocket told

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At the time she weighed 98.8kg and her diet mainly consisted of burgers, chips and soft drinks, amounting to roughly 2500 calories a day.

She skipped breakfast and instead went straight for biscuits and finished her day with ice cream and sweets.

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“Being overweight prevented me from living my best life,” Ms Sprocket said.

“I was not active and sat on the sideline rather than participating.

“Generally I was always covered up and a bikini or bathers would not have been an option.”

However, that all changed in 2019 after an emotional conversation with her doctor which resulted in her deciding to make changes.

The 39-year-old went on to lose 32kg after she was put on a low calorie diet which consisted of three main steps – meal replacement shakes, plenty of water and a low-impact daily 30-minute walk.

“Changing my lifestyle helped me process the emotional toll the death of my mother had on me,” she said.

“When I accepted that I needed to lose weight, I began to take control back.

“I still miss my mother every day, but I feel far happier mentally and at peace with both myself and my mother’s passing.”

Today, Ms Sprocket’s diet consists of two Optislim shakes a day alongside a balanced meal made up of either beef, chicken or fish with salad or vegetables.

“I’ll usually have a snack throughout the day which is either an Optislim bar, some fruit, or some low fat yoghurt,” she said.

When it comes to exercise, she tries to keep her step count to a minimum 10,000 a day.

“Exercise is primarily walking 30 minutes a day. I do have a cardio HIIT (high-intensity interval) trainer that I use if I can’t go on a walk due to the rain.”

While her journey was never about appearance, Ms Sprocket said she certainly feels more confident and happier when looking in the mirror prior to her transformation.

“My journey was more about taking control of my life and losing weight so that I can live a healthy and active life, which I find is incredibly helpful in maintaining mental health too,” she explained.

Having achieved a total weight loss of 32kg, Ms Sprocket believes anything is possible so long as you are honest with yourself.

“If you are overweight, you are most likely in denial and if you’re in denial, you won’t do anything about it,” she said.

“For me it was a willingness to accept the truth, and a willingness to do something about it that turned my life around.”

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