Hervey Bay couple sheds 100kg to realise their dream
LOSING an incredible 100kg between them has enabled a Hervey Bay couple to realise their dream - they are expecting their first child.
Derek Smith lost 30kg and Telaine Feeney lost 70kg by sticking to a low-carbohydrate and high-fat diet, eating bacon, eggs and cream but shunning carbohydrate-loaded breads and sugar.
Their efforts to drop the kilos have had many fantastic benefits for the couple - but number one in their book was Telaine falling pregnant with their first child.
The two had been trying for years before losing the weight when they started the diet in 2013, and had almost decided to try IVF until the weight loss helped them conceive their much-wanted child.
When asked if they were excited, Derek had only one word to say: "Absolutely."
"It's pretty phenomenal," he said.
Telaine has also achieved another important health benefit through her weight loss.
Her blood sugar level often registered at over 30.
Since losing so much weight, her blood sugar is at 4.5.
Derek is feeling much fitter and working in traffic control in Hervey Bay, he is feeling the difference the weight loss has made in his workplace.
Often walking up to 2km a day while at work, Derek said before the weight loss, he would feel exhausted and the hot weather would take a toll on him.
Now he feels like he can handle the hot weather and 12-hour days much better.
"It's a massive difference," he said.
The two have set up a website and Facebook pages sharing what they have achieved and they are hoping to inspire others on their weight loss journey.