As a kid I was skinny, as a teenager I was sporty and by the time I was in my early twenties I was over 30kg/70lbs overweight. Putting on weight and then struggling for years to take it off was horrendous, and I would have to say one of the most soul-destroying experiences I have ever been through.
The psychological cost of repeatedly trying and failing to lose weight over a 7-year period was a slow crushing of my self-esteem. Each dieting failure added to my feelings of worthlessness, which led to more solace in food, and so the cycle continued.
I came to a turning point in my late twenties, when I realised that I had to do something different before it was too late. Having given up on dieting, I made some simple but significant lifestyle changes and over 18 months I shed over 30kgs/70lbs of weight. I’ve now been at my ideal weight for over 17 years, and am now probably the fittest and healthiest I’ve ever been.
As my weight came off, my interest in behavioural change started to grow. This led to me studying the psychology of change, and I then spent 20 years teaching over 50,000 people in 15 countries how to change their behaviour through motivation and accountability. I have worked with clients that include BMW, Harley Davidson, Macquarie Bank, Qantas and Standard Chartered Bank.
I co-founded ‘Donna & Tora’ because I realised I had the ability to combine my personal experience with my professional expertise and teach people how to have ultimate weight control to give them more confidence, freedom and lifestyle choices.
Donna shares her story
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