'I'm addicted to food': Gladstone woman 'sick of being fat'
ONE February morning, Boyne Island resident Tracey Smith woke up and decided she needed to make a lifestyle change.
The wife and mother of three has since shed 20kg since her initial weigh in of 117kg.
Her goal is to reach 70kg before her 40th birthday in 12 months.
"I got to the point where I was sick of being fat," she said.
"I decided I wanted to be healthier for my myself and my kids.
"I don't want to be a burden later on in life."
Mrs Smith said she grew up having an unhealthy lifestyle, but wanted to make a change before it was too late.
She said her mother, who lives in Victoria, was "morbidly obese and housebound" and had to be cared for after her (Tracey's) father died.
"There's lot's of things she can't do, so my sister has to come and clean her house and do every day things.
"I don't want to be like that."
Mrs Smith said she set herself up on a Weight Watchers plan and regular exercise, which had been a huge contributor to her weight loss.
"The thing is, I'm addicted to food," she said.
"I love it, and the thing about Weight Watchers is that you can still eat the things you love; but you control your portions."
With times being tough and meal plans expensive, Mrs Smith has had to come off Weight Watchers and end her membership at the gym.
But she is determined to do it on her own.
"I just have to get into that mindset, and remember why I'm doing it," she said.
"When someone is taking photos, I usually take the photo because I don't want to be the fat friend.
"Now, having lost that weight I am more confident and I'm wearing different clothes and I definitely look better than I did when I was 117kg."
Before her 70kg goal next year, Mrs Smith is hoping to lose another 10kg by November, for her daughter's graduation from primary school.
"I want to buy a nice outfit," she said.