A TAMWORTH woman has taken to a new health and wellness mission like a duck to water, literally, and is reaping the results.
Anne Telfer turns 83 this year and has lost 23kg in the last 18 months.
You wouldn’t know it to look at her, but just last year she had major surgery to remove a kidney with a phenomenal recovery.
The former businesswoman has credited smaller meal portions and plenty of vegetables to the weight loss success along with swimming sessions at Scully Park Pool three times a week.
The early morning swimming sessions also help with her joints, and she can be seen either swimming laps or working on physio exercises in the 50-metre pool.
For Mrs Telfer, the health benefits of her lifestyle change have been abundant and she’s now sporting a more healthier glow.
She’s a type II diabetic and is no longer dependent on insulin, her medication has now “halved” and she no longer requires a CPAP machine for sleep apnea.
The local woman said it was the little changes she had introduced into her life that had made a big difference to her overall well being.
I’ve given up things like sweets, chocolates, cakes and biscuits and I have good vegetables and less meat.Anne Telfer
“I still entertain and still cook a lot but I put more in the freezer,” she said.
“I’ve given up things like sweets, chocolates, cakes and biscuits and I have good vegetables and less meat.
“I’ve cut back on everything – instead of two chops, I’ll have one little chop. I have fish two or three times a week and lots of vegetables. I’m so much better.”
Mrs Telfer said severe bouts of illness and regular hospital visits had also sparked the need for change.
“I must admit, I was pretty sick for three years,” she said.
“I was in and out of hospital seven times, I was pretty sick with kidney problems.”
She’s a passionate cook and a published cookbook author with former business Telfer’s Home Kitchen on Dowe St attracting locals for the popular quiche and pavlova.
Daughter Katrina said food was a big part of the family’s life and she was proud of how far her mother had come with her journey.
“It’s so good to see her healthy and well and not sick,” she said.
“The last three years she was very unwell and she’s so much better.”