A MUM has been called Benjamin Button after weight loss of 6st made her look dramatically younger.
Lyndal Wimalasekera, 46, says people compliment her for looking “10 years younger” since her transformation.
The mum-of-one’s self-esteem had reached an all-time low after reaching her heaviest weight of 18st.
Lyndal, of South Australia, said this number was a “wakeup call”, as she was heavier than when she had been nine months pregnant with her son Aiden, now 11.
The office admin assistant was addicted to going through the drive-throughs of her local takeaways and would often succumb to late-night cravings.
Lyndal, who is married to project manager husband Aruna, 53, said: “I’d eat everything in sight. I would be driving home for dinner and get a burger on the way.
“I’d walk past the panty and just open the door to mindlessly eat whatever was available.
“I love cheese, so it was very easy to eat a wheel of brie in one sitting. I’d love to have large hot chips whenever I could too.
“It was such mindless eating, and the quantities were so excessive."
The tipping point came in November 2019, when Lyndal went to her sisters 40th birthday party.
She said: “It was a dress up party, and I wanted to be Wonder Woman, but I resigned to being Mia from Pulp Fiction as that’s all I could fit into.
“I also used to snap at everyone and was always really agitated. I knew I needed a change… [I] felt fed up with myself."
Lyndal had struggled with her weight her whole life. But when her size 22 clothes began getting tight, she feared she’d gone too far.
She said: “I was always the tallest and largest ‘little girl’ most of my life. I remember thinking that I was just big boned, and that’s how my life would be.
“In my late teens and twenties, I was up and down with dieting and exercise, so my weight fluctuated a lot.
“When I was 18, I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, which changed a lot of my life. I would turn to food as part of an emotional eating pattern that lasted for many years.
“It also meant I could not do exercise due to my diagnosis.”
After joining Weight Watchers (WW Reimagined) in 2019, Lyndal was able to get the guidance she needed to help slim down.
She swapped her breakfast of toast and muffins for healthy oats, and her “mountain” of curry for salmon and veg at dinner.
Gone were the daily snacks of crisps, chocolate and croissants for veg sticks with dips and chocolate protein bars.
By Christmas 2020 she looked unrecognisable.
Lyndal has lost and kept off 6st 4lbs and is now 11st 6lbs, size 10-12 frame.
Lyndal often attracts compliments from friends and family who tell her she looks at least “10 years younger” thanks to her weight loss.
She said: “After joining Weight Watchers workshops for their in-person meetings, I’ve never looked back.
“I really wanted to lose weight in a way that I could maintain for the rest of my life without restricting everything I loved.
“It’s funny, but people have actually told me I look much younger now and I’ve even been called Benjamin Button.”
After turning her life around and living a healthier lifestyle, Lyndal says she feels happier than ever before and is excited to see what the future holds.
Lyndal, who became a WW ambassador and shares her tips on Instagram, said: “I have never felt better in my whole life. I feel alive, like I have blood pumping though my body.
“I’ve always been a really positive person and feel like that has kicked up a notch.
“I still have an odd crappy day, but I feel like I can recover from these quicker than I used to.
“I am a better mum and wife, and for me, that is one of the best parts about losing weight and creating a healthy lifestyle.”
Lyndal’s diet before and after
Breakfast: – Toast with jam and peanut butter and a McMuffin on the way to work
Mid-morning Snack: Chocolate, croissant and chips
Lunch: Chinese chicken with rice or focaccia with salami and cheese
Afternoon snack: Chips washed down with a coke no sugar
Dinner: Stir fry but a massive serve with a mountain of rice or curry with loads of rice
Dessert: Lots of ice cream
Breakfast: Oats, apple, no sugar maple and cinnamon or a breakfast slice made with strawberries and almonds
Mid-morning Snack: Snack box with a variety of sliced veggies and sometimes homemade dip
Lunch: Large salad with Pearl Barley, Salmon and miso dressing
Afternoon snack: Chocolate protein bar
Dinner: Meal prepped curry or stir fry with protein
Dessert: Yoghurt or sugar free chocolate
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