Paula Bennett on her weight loss

Paula Bennett has posted a ‘personal’ message about her weight loss on her Facebook page. It has been widely reported in news.

A personal post

It’s been 12 months since I had a gastric bypass. It’s been quite a journey. It was a drastic thing to do, but 50kgs lost and it has had drastic results. In general I have had very good health all the way through but it has been the hardest thing physically I have ever done.

It has been life changing, mainly for my health. I feel exactly the same and completely different! Completely the same because I haven’t changed, I’m not happier or more confident, I’m the same. Completely different because I am healthier and have more energy. 

My weight has never defined who I am and it still doesn’t. My body is simply the vessel that carries me around and currently it is smaller. 

Here’s my answers to my most asked questions

  • Yes I eat differently and much less (was kinda the purpose of the op)
  • Yes I can drink wine (and eat chocolate and pies)
  • No I don’t have huge amounts of extra skin
  • No I don’t know what you should do, it’s very personal

Yes, I know I am over sharing!!!

Lastly, thanks to everyone for their really kind and positive words over the past year

Many people have a lot of challenges and problems managing their weight.

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21 Comments

  1. David

     /  November 27, 2018

    Good for her shifting weight is tough work and the older you get the harder it becomes. Being a busy MP looks like it plays hell unless you have great discipline.
    I was getting a bit of a pot belly so spent the last year doing 5 days a week at the gym and took on a personal trainer so now I still weigh the same but have 5kg more muscle and 5kg less fat which is pleasing but at 51 its hard yakka changing your composition. Not drinking 5 days a week has made the most difference and my liver function has improved by over 50% as a side effect.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  November 27, 2018

      Dr Phil had a weight loss programme like the the greatest loser but not a contest; they were doing it for themselves. One man hardly lost any weight but was a lot thinner because he’d developed muscles, and he wasn’t the only one.

      A friend lost 50kg. She was so fat that she could only just squeeze into her partner’s car.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  November 27, 2018

        I lost a lot but have put some back since I was bereaved. Not all, thank goodness.

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        • David

           /  November 27, 2018

          Once on the journey there is no stopping, reversal can be quick and brutal unfortunately. My biggest change has come from not drinking 5 days a week, it was just a wine or two with dinner nothing excessive but it was the thing that stopped me getting to that final goal.
          I am on 6 meals a day which can be time consuming.

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  November 27, 2018

            I have researched medications that can cause it, and some of mine are among them. I did wonder, as I couldn’t see that I was doing anything different enough to cause it.

            I don’t drink at all, so can’t cut that out, seldom eat bread (I know that it’s what you put on it, like peanut butter that I love but never have now) and don’t have a sweet tooth so don’t have sugary things.

            I am experimenting with having breakfast late and dinner earlyish so that I don’t need lunch.

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  November 27, 2018

            I have just added up my calories, rounding everything up, and I am not having that many.

            There’s no point in cheating yourself. I must confess to loving those little coffee sticks, but even adding those on doesn’t make the total high.

            How does 6 meals work?

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            • David

               /  November 27, 2018

              6 smaller meals. Meusli and fruit for breakfast, poached eggs for brunch, salmon and rice for lunch, avocado and nuts, yogurt/cottage cheese and a protein shake etc for mid afternoon, steak or fish for tea with broccoli and then just before bed tuna on cruskit is a typical day.
              The theory being is you treat your body like a furnace so the more regularly you feed it the more efficiently it burns through the calories. When you train both cardio and weights it is quite an effective regime, weight training is key, for both genders, and really speeds up your metabolic rate.

  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  November 27, 2018

    Getting old is a bit of a bugger but not as bad as the alternatives. Your health and happiness matter so use it and don’t lose it is my motto.

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  3. Gezza

     /  November 27, 2018

    I feel very disappointed Blazer is not here to celebrate her success wish her all the best.

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    • Trevors_elbow

       /  November 27, 2018

      Where is blazer?

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      • Gezza

         /  November 27, 2018

        I don’t know. Hope he’s ok & just on holiday or something. Part of the family is Blazer.

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        • Pickled Possum

           /  November 27, 2018

          Blaza is ok he is just too buzy making money.

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          • Gezza

             /  November 27, 2018

            😮 Jesus ! You can get done for counterfeiting. :/

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            • Pickled Possum

               /  November 27, 2018

              Y ? Counterfitting what do you mean?

            • Gezza

               /  November 27, 2018

              Depends how he’s making the money. If he’s earning it working or giving professional advice to clients he’ll be ok. If he’s making it with a printing machine in his basement this won’t be good.

            • Pickled Possum

               /  November 27, 2018

              Any whooo apart from blaza working hard for his money aka making moni……PB is well known in the Westie social welfare circles as a C u next tuesday kind of spieces. Wood love to see seth meyers do a show on HER.

  4. oldlaker

     /  November 27, 2018

    Good on PB for her weight loss. Perhaps it is worth noting as well that even high-functioning, well-paid people can have problems controlling their private vices… whether it be over-eating, drinking too much, or being addicted to pokies. PB obviously couldn’t control her eating and needed surgery to help her lack of will power. I hope it has taught her humility and compassion for other people’s frailties.

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    • High Flying Duck

       /  November 27, 2018

      Just like this government has problems controlling its spending of other people’s money and regulating other peoples businesses?
      If only there was surgery to help that!

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  5. Caroline whitehead

     /  November 27, 2018

    Thanks for the post – you look fabulous !

    Great that weight does not define you.
    All the best for the future.

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  6. David

     /  November 27, 2018

    She is looking like a future PM to be honest. I have always been a fan.

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  7. Bill Brown

     /  November 28, 2018

    It’s a sad day in National Party politics when about the best PR they have is Paula Bennet getting off the pies

    Next it could be Hey Paula has gone grey thanks to the stomach staple 😂

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