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'It's a whole new life:' Maintaining healthy weight now a routine for once obese P.E.I. woman

Louise Campbell's active, healthy lifestyle includes hula hooping, skipping rope, cycling, running and hitting the gym. The lifestyle, which includes a healthy diet, is aimed at maintaining a healthy weight. JIM DAY/THE GUARDIAN
Louise Campbell's active, healthy lifestyle includes hula hooping, skipping rope, cycling, running and hitting the gym. The lifestyle, which includes a healthy diet, is aimed at maintaining a healthy weight. - Jim Day
CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. —

Staying half the woman she once was has become a daily routine for Louise Campbell.

Campbell, 57, of Charlottetown weighed 270 pounds in 2014 when she decided to lose a lot of weight and keep it off.

Just over one year later, she hit the scales at 135 pounds. She has managed to maintain that healthy weight for four years and counting.

Louise Campbell of Charlottetown is seen in this 2014 photo when she was at her top weight of 270 pounds. She lost 135 pounds in just over one year and has kept the weight off for four years and counting. Submitted
Louise Campbell of Charlottetown is seen in this 2014 photo when she was at her top weight of 270 pounds. She lost 135 pounds in just over one year and has kept the weight off for four years and counting. Submitted
She credits her determination combined with Kurt McCormack’s ProTrim Program with slicing her weight in half.

There is nothing magical about the approach. She eats more healthily while also eating less. And she does plenty of exercise.

Campbell, who worked for Veterans Affairs Canada for 30 years and now has a freelance writing business, has cut out starches and has long ended her habit of snacking on chips, cookies and toast in the evening. She is big on consuming protein and eating plenty of salads, which she simply loves.

She has four “pretty intense’’ one-hour workouts at the gym each week. She also does “tons’’ of cycling, some running, hula hooping and rope skipping.

“It’s a whole new life – a good life, really good,’’ she says.

Campbell had been overweight much of her life, shedding pounds several times only to pack them back on. Stress eating, which saw her simply eating far too much, was an ongoing problem.

“I was always big for my age – some would say fat,’’ she says.

“I always felt somewhat on the outside looking in.’’

For years, she felt losing weight and keeping it off was a losing cause.

In 2014, hitting the scales at 270 pounds, she felt a strong resolve to make a winning effort to reach and maintain a healthy weight. 

“I guess I really didn’t like looking in the mirror that much,’’ she says.

“I was at the point where I really had to do something.’’

Campbell wanted to be a better role model for her daughter, Lily. She now works out with Lily, 16, who has never had an issue with her weight.

Campbell calls her daughter and her husband, Tom Campbell, her biggest cheerleaders and main support system.

She is not worried about slipping from her good diet or strong exercise regimen because neither feel like a challenge. Both have simply become part of her routine.

“It is just a part of my life … it does not feel like a chore at all,’’ she says.

“Basically, it’s sticking to a program.’’


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