ANITA Warton tosses bundles of newspapers around the family newsagency with ease.
There’s no hint that for the past four years she has been dealing with type 2 diabetes and it’s clear that she’s feeling much younger than her 49 years.
For this Cherrybrook resident, a new way of life began just three month ago.
Hayley Downs, a regular at the newsagency Anita and her husband Garry own, dropped in and asked if she could leave some brochures for customers to pick up.
The brochure was promoting the six-week challenge conducted by Contours, the women’s only fitness centre in Epping where Ms Downs is the manager.
“I read the brochure myself and decided to give it a go myself. I rang the studio that afternoon and signed up.”
The idea was to set some fitness and healthy eating goals for those six weeks and the centre would keep track of the participants’ measurements.
“At the end of the challenge, I was shocked and very excited to find out that I had actually won the challenge.
“And I have been going in every week since then.”
Anita never knew she had diabetes. There’s no family history of problems with it.
One day, four years ago, she ran her finger down a checklist she saw in a women’s magazine.
“I ticked every box, so I went over to see my doctor.
“He saw the results and said that I could go straight into hospital. He put me on a course of medication which included the daily tablets and insulin injections.
“The only way to handle type 2 diabetes is to exercise, watch your nutrition and lose some weight.
“I set some new goals after the six-week challenge and I found that I really enjoy the circuit that my trainer Denise Condon worked out for me.”
She spends about an hour on Monday and Wednesday afternoons and Tuesday mornings working all her muscles on the weight machines.
“I’ve dropped 6kg … and a dress size.
“But the most exciting thing is that I have been able to reduce my medication. My endocinologist was rapt with my latest results. He told me they were the best he’d seen all week. He asked me what have you been doing and when I told him he said ‘that’s fabulous’.
“He adjusted my medication and I want to keep working on reducing the insulin level.
“I feel fitter, I’ve got a lot more energy and I’m really happy.
Anita’s husband Garry and sons Mathew, 18 and an apprentice butcher, and Daniel, 16 and an apprentice motor mechanic, are just as pleased for her.
“Now I am going to walk the 8km of the Epping Queen’s Birthday Fun Run on Sunday, June 12.
“I had never even thought of doing it … now I’m just going to have fun being healthy.“Interview: COLIN KERRPhoto: BRENT McGILVARY