Self-proclaimed “big girl” Lisa-Faye has always struggled with her weight but it was a trip to the playground with her young son that spurred the Nollamara mother to take action.
“We were playing on the slide and it kind of cracked,” the 45-year-old catering manager told AAA.
“It broke my heart. I was obviously too heavy to be on it.”
Fishing out her half-filled application for Ten’s weight-loss series The Biggest Loser: Transformed, Lisa-Faye swallowed her pride and applied for the show.
“It was like the universe was saying to me, get off the couch and finish the application,” she laughed. “Luckily enough, my application must have been interesting enough because they gave me a call and it went from there.”
Lisa-Faye’s weight fluctuated during her 20s but it wasn’t until she hit 30 and was diagnosed with hypothyroidism that it began to spiral out of control.
“My metabolism wasn’t at the speed of anyone else’s,” she said. “Then I fell pregnant at 40 and had my little man at 41. I stayed at home with my baby for six months, ate lots of food and put on quite a bit of weight.”
At her heaviest, Lisa-Faye weighed 103kg.
While nothing could prepare her for the mental and physical challenges that lay ahead, Lisa-Faye said her biggest challenge on the show — which returns tomorrow at 7.30pm — was being away from her husband and their four-old-son, James.
“That was really difficult,” she said. “But I guess you take all of that angst and anxiety about leaving your loved ones and channel that as much as you can.”