Last week – on Thursday 14th October, The Natural Way hosted it’s most exciting event of the year: The 2010 Slimmer of the Year Gala Luncheon where one of the lucky ladies above was in for a chance to win a brand new, shiny red Honda Jazz.
We met up with the five lovely finalists on Wednesday night for a quick hello and calmed their nerves with a couple of relaxing drinks in the Lobby Bar at the Surfers Marriott Resort. However, the next day was going to be HUGE, so it was off to bed early for the girls, so they could be 100% charged for the BIG EVENT!
Thursday started pretty early for some: both Jennie and Kelly had to be at Lattouf Beauty Salon for their makeover and hair styling at 8am, and the others were not too far behind at 9am. As soon as the makeover was complete, it was time to visit Belinda (our photographer) who had to take shots of each of them in both casual and formal outfits AND then get some group shots before the lunch kicked off at 12.30. Considering that two years ago, all of these ladies went out of their way to avoid cameras, their super-model alter egos really came to the fore and we had a fantastic photography session!
Then it was lunch time! As dessert was served and then cleared, it was drawing closer to the time where the BIG ANNOUNCEMENT was going to be made. Firstly we crowned the Grand Champion Slimmer – this is simply a prize that goes to the finalist who has lost the biggest percentage of their starting weight. Nusia Gent from Hyde Park, SA was given the title due to her staggering 54.8kg weight loss, which equates to 50.2% total weight loss. WOW! Nusia was presented with a $1000 voucher to buy a new wardrobe (as obviously her old clothes would be positively swimming on her!)
All the ladies were then called up to the stage and waited nervously…did you know that between the 5 of these gorgeous women that they had achieved a grand total of just over 187kg of lost weight AND just over 12 metres? Unbelievable!
The lovely Jennie from Toowoomba was announced as the runner-up. Jennie is a shift-working nurse with four sons (aged between 9-14) who somehow managed to lose 34.2kg in only 46 weeks! Great effort Jennie, you look fantastic! Jennie was rewarded with a $2000 Flight Centre Travel voucher to enjoy some time away to celebrate her new shape.
Finally, time for the big announcement. The girls were nervous, the crowd on the edge of their seats and then the envelope was opened to reveal the name of the winner…for the first time in the history of the Slimmer of the Year competition, the Grand Champion Slimmer and the overall Winner were exactly the same person. Nusia Gent from South Australia was the winner of the car. Her life has changed so much – she now does Zumba, Pilates, Belly Dancing and has even bought her first pair of bathers since 1977 and has started to learn how to swim. Talk about a life change.
Hard to believe it is the same woman isn’t it? Great work Nusia, enjoy your new car!
If you are inspired by these fantastic women and want to find out about losing weight with REAL FOOD, call The Natural Way today on 1300 SLIMMER or visit our website: www.thenaturalway.com.au