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Joanna Metzi goes size 24 to 12 after weight loss surgery

A Sydney woman cashed in her superannuation to pay for weight loss surgery Joanna Metzi has now gone..

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  • A Sydney woman cashed in her superannuation to pay for weight loss surgery
  • Joanna Metzi has now gone from a size 24 to a size 12 in less than two years
  • The now 32-year-old said she has struggled with her weight since her childhood
  • Now she trains three to six times a week and her diet has completely changed

By Billie Schwab Dunn For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 00:54 EST, 6 November 2017 | Updated: 00:55 EST, 6 November 2017

A woman has dropped six dress sizes after undergoing a life-changing weight loss surgery she paid for with her superannuation.

Joanna Metzi, 32, from Sydney, went from a size 24 to 12 after she was fed up with her weight – something she had been struggling with since she was a child.

'I was sitting with my hairdresser and I told her how much I had lost and she said "you've lost me!" and I'm like, I've lost a human, I've lost the weight of a grown human,' Joanna told Daily Mail Australia.

Joanna Metzi, 32, (pictured) was sick of struggling with her weight, something she had been doing since she can remember

Joanna Metzi, 32, (pictured) was sick of struggling with her weight, something she had been doing since she can remember

And fast forward, Joanna dramatically lost 51 kilos after undergoing gastric sleeve surgery – a weight loss she never imagined she'd lose.

'I'd always dreamed it, I had envisioned it but I never thought that I would be able to reach it,' she said.

It was Joanna's friends and customers who told her she could use her superannuation early to pay for the surgery, which is based on medical compassionate grounds.

'I was freaked out because it's a lot of money but I try not to think about it because it's a stress I don't need, I'll deal with it when it comes to it,' Joanna added.

'I'm living in the now, I'm happy, I'm healthy and I'm in a happy relationship.'

Joanna has lost 51 kilos, which isn't somewhere she thought she would ever beJoanna has lost 51 kilos, which isn't somewhere she thought she would ever be

Joanna has lost 51 kilos, which isn't somewhere she thought she would ever be

'I'd always dreamed it, I had envisioned it but I never thought that I would be able to reach it,' she said'I'd always dreamed it, I had envisioned it but I never thought that I would be able to reach it,' she said

'I'd always dreamed it, I had envisioned it but I never thought that I would be able to reach it,' she said

Joanna's relationship with food was bad from a very young age and this came down to the fact that she had access to food all the time.

'My relationship with food hasn't been good pretty much since I was a baby because my family had a take away business, so from when I was born I was in a take away shop,' she told FEMAIL.

'I tried many times to change my diet, it worked for a while but it wasn't something I could maintain so the weight just kept coming up.

'Through lots of obstacles in my life I would turn to food and spiralled a bit after some big events in my life.'

Joanna's relationship with food was bad from a very young age and this came down to the fact that she had access to food all the timeJoanna's relationship with food was bad from a very young age and this came down to the fact that she had access to food all the time

Joanna's relationship with food was bad from a very young age and this came down to the fact that she had access to food all the time

'Through lots of obstacles in my life I would turn to food and spiralled a bit after some big events in my life,' she said'Through lots of obstacles in my life I would turn to food and spiralled a bit after some big events in my life,' she said

'Through lots of obstacles in my life I would turn to food and spiralled a bit after some big events in my life,' she said

Joanna explained she has been overweight since her childhood – and was addicted to fast foods such as McDonald's and KFC.

'Sometimes I was eating it every day, sometimes only twice a week but there were definitely days where I would eat one for lunch and one for dinner. All I can remember is eating fast food in excess,' she said.

'I've grown up around food and always having it there, it was there for me during good times and bad times.

'Food is something that we all need, it's not like a drug that we don't need, we need it to survive so it's a very hard habit to kick.'

Joanna explained that she has been overweight from a very young age and was addicted to fast foods such as McDonald's and KFC.Joanna explained that she has been overweight from a very young age and was addicted to fast foods such as McDonald's and KFC.

Joanna explained that she has been overweight from a very young age and was addicted to fast foods such as McDonald's and KFC.

Joanna had been working in a plus sized retail store when she found out about being able to use your superannuation to pay for gastric sleeve surgery.

'I had met a lot of people who had had it done and I had a lot of friends who had it done and learnt a lot about it,' she said.

'At first I was like "no, I don't want it, it's the easy way out" but I soon found out that it definitely wasn't.

'It was just as hard doing it this way, it's still something you have to adjust the mind to and to change 30 years of habit.'

Previously Joanna had tried to combat her weight through diet and exercise and used a variety of shake diets and tried various gym challenges, all to no prevailPreviously Joanna had tried to combat her weight through diet and exercise and used a variety of shake diets and tried various gym challenges, all to no prevail

Previously Joanna had tried to combat her weight through diet and exercise and used a variety of shake diets and tried various gym challenges, all to no prevail

Previously Joanna had tried to combat her weight through diet and exercise and used a variety of shake diets and tried various gym challenges, all to no prevail.Previously Joanna had tried to combat her weight through diet and exercise and used a variety of shake diets and tried various gym challenges, all to no prevail.Previously Joanna had tried to combat her weight through diet and exercise and used a variety of shake diets and tried various gym challenges, all to no prevail.Previously Joanna had tried to combat her weight through diet and exercise and used a variety of shake diets and tried various gym challenges, all to no prevail.

Previously Joanna had tried to combat her weight through diet and exercise and used a variety of shake diets and tried various gym challenges, all to no prevail.

BEFORE

Breakfast: Sometimes nothing or a toastie or croissant

Lunch: A large meal from McDonald's

Dinner: A large meal from KFC

Snacks: Other form of takeaway

AFTER

Breakfast: Eggs with sweet potato, spinach and mushroom

Lunch: Chicken, rice and avocado

Dinner: Tuna and salad

Snacks: Crackers and peanut butter

Previously Joanna had tried to combat her weight through diet and exercise and used a variety of shake diets and various gym challenges, all to no prevail.

She continued to talk to her friends about the surgery but as she did so she tried to lose weight one more time on her own, this time with the use of prescription medicine.

'I couldn't keep it off, I finally decided I didn't want to waste any more of my life being so unhappy with myself and being morbidly obese,' she said.

This led to Joanna going into surgery in January 2016, almost two years ago, when she was 30, and the procedure ran smoother than most.

'The money I was using was all the money for my retirement, that was a big motivation for me to make sure that I did what I needed to do,' she explained'The money I was using was all the money for my retirement, that was a big motivation for me to make sure that I did what I needed to do,' she explained

'The money I was using was all the money for my retirement, that was a big motivation for me to make sure that I did what I needed to do,' she explained

Joanna went into surgery in January 2016, almost two years ago, when she was 30, and the procedure ran smoother than mostJoanna went into surgery in January 2016, almost two years ago, when she was 30, and the procedure ran smoother than most

Joanna went into surgery in January 2016, almost two years ago, when she was 30, and the procedure ran smoother than most

Joanna's surgeon recommended that she did a two week Optifast diet to prepare her for the surgery, which involved having three shakes a day and a lot of water.

'It was so hard but the thought of me wasting all of this money and the surgeons saying "no, you didn't do it right, the fat around your liver is too much, it didn't shrink" was running through my mind so I was so strict with myself to make sure I did it right and that I was perfect for the surgery.'

One of the main things that helped Joanna adjust her pattern of behaviour and thinking was the amount of money she was spending on the surgery.

'The money I was using was all the money for my retirement, that was a big motivation for me to make sure that I did what I needed to do,' she explained.

Joanna had been working in a plus sized retail store when she found out about being able to use your superannuation to pay for gastric sleeve surgery.Joanna had been working in a plus sized retail store when she found out about being able to use your superannuation to pay for gastric sleeve surgery.

Joanna had been working in a plus sized retail store when she found out about being able to use your superannuation to pay for gastric sleeve surgery.

Joanna's surgeon recommended that she did a two week Optifast diet to prepare her for the surgery, which involved having three shakes a day and a lot of waterJoanna's surgeon recommended that she did a two week Optifast diet to prepare her for the surgery, which involved having three shakes a day and a lot of water

Joanna's surgeon recommended that she did a two week Optifast diet to prepare her for the surgery, which involved having three shakes a day and a lot of water

'I do have my moments where I cave and I'll have junk food, I'm an emotional person, I'm an emotional eater,' Joanna continued.

'I do try to fight that but I struggle sometimes, I remind myself what I've done and where I've come from and the money I've spent to change my life.'

Joanna is lucky as she said she is surrounded by family and friends who support her and keep her on track.

Although Joanna's life has changed for the better she reiterated that the surgery isn't a cure-all.

'Before the surgery I had high blood pressure, I still have that now but it's not as bad, it's something I need to look further into,' she said.

'I had fallen many years ago and this caused a lot of back problems, right now that is still there.'

Although Joanna's life has changed for the better she reiterated that the surgery isn't a cure-all.Although Joanna's life has changed for the better she reiterated that the surgery isn't a cure-all.Although Joanna's life has changed for the better she reiterated that the surgery isn't a cure-all.Although Joanna's life has changed for the better she reiterated that the surgery isn't a cure-all.

Although Joanna's life has changed for the better she reiterated that the surgery isn't a cure-all.

Joanna tries to see a group personal trainer as often as she can, which tends to be three to six times a weekJoanna tries to see a group personal trainer as often as she can, which tends to be three to six times a week

Joanna tries to see a group personal trainer as often as she can, which tends to be three to six times a week

Joanna tries to see a group of personal trainers as often as she can, which tends to be three to six times a week.

'My training group have made me love training and I want to keep going back because they have made me want to become stronger,' she told FEMAIL.

'They say it is 80 per cent food and 20 per cent exercise, which is 100 per cent true but the exercise bit makes everything feel good.'

The next step for Joanna is surgery to remove excess skin, which she wants to lose six to ten kilos for.

The next step for Joanna is surgery to remove excess skin, which she wants to lose six to ten kilos forThe next step for Joanna is surgery to remove excess skin, which she wants to lose six to ten kilos for

The next step for Joanna is surgery to remove excess skin, which she wants to lose six to ten kilos for

Joanna tries to see a group personal trainer as often as she can, which tends to be three to six times a weekJoanna tries to see a group personal trainer as often as she can, which tends to be three to six times a week

Joanna tries to see a group personal trainer as often as she can, which tends to be three to six times a week

'Unfortunately that's one of the consequences of me putting on all that weight but training is prepping myself for when that happens,' she said.

'I'm a lot more motivated, I have a new lease on life. I want to get dressed up and go out and enjoy my life with my partner.

'My surgeon would like me to be down to 60 kilos but my body is happy in the 70s, I'm happy now but I would be happy in the late 60s to see what I can achieve.'

Although she still feels like she needs to cover up parts of her body that she was hiding when she was a size 24, she tries to step out and think 'I've lost all this weight, I should be able to wear what I want to wear'.

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The pilot of a seaplane that crashed into an Australian river, killing all on board, had been left confused and disorientated by leaking exhaust fumes, investigators have confirmed.

The Canadian pilot and five members of a British family died in the crash north of Sydney in December 2017.

All were found to have higher than normal levels of carbon monoxide in their blood, a final report has found.

It recommended the mandatory fitting of gas detectors in all such planes.

British businessman Richard Cousins, 58, died alongside his 48-year-old fiancée, magazine editor Emma Bowden, her 11-year-old daughter Heather and his sons, Edward, 23, and William, 25, and pilot Gareth Morgan, 44. Mr Cousins was the chief executive of catering giant Compass.

The family had been on a sightseeing flight in the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver plane when it nose-dived into the Hawkesbury River at Jerusalem Bay, about 50km (30 miles) from the city centre.

The final report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) confirmed the findings of an interim report published in 2020.

It said pre-existing cracks in the exhaust collector ring were believed to have released exhaust gas into the engine bay. Holes left by missing bolts in a firewall then allowed the fumes to enter the cabin.

“As a result, the pilot would have almost certainly experienced effects such as confusion, visual disturbance and disorientation,” the report said.

“Consequently, it was likely that this significantly degraded the pilot’s ability to safely operate the aircraft.”

The ATSB recommended the Civil Aviation Safety Authority consider mandating the fitting of carbon monoxide detectors in piston-engine aircraft that carry passengers.

It previously issued safety advisory notices to owners and operators of such aircraft that they install detectors “with an active warning” to pilots”. Operators and maintainers of planes were also advised to carry out detailed inspections of exhaust systems and firewalls.

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Australia unlikely to fully reopen border in 2021, says top official

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Australia is unlikely to fully open its borders in 2021 even if most of its population gets vaccinated this year as planned, says a senior health official.

The comments dampen hopes raised by airlines that travel to and from the country could resume as early as July.

Department of Health Secretary Brendan Murphy made the prediction after being asked about the coronavirus’ escalation in other nations.

Dr Murphy spearheaded Australia’s early action to close its borders last March.

“I think that we’ll go most of this year with still substantial border restrictions,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Monday.

“Even if we have a lot of the population vaccinated, we don’t know whether that will prevent transmission of the virus,” he said, adding that he believed quarantine requirements for travellers would continue “for some time”.

Citizens, permanent residents and those with exemptions are allowed to enter Australia if they complete a 14-day hotel quarantine at their own expense.

Qantas – Australia’s national carrier – reopened bookings earlier this month, after saying it expected international travel to “begin to restart from July 2021.”

However, it added this depended on the Australian government’s deciding to reopen borders.

Australia’s tight restrictions

The country opened a travel bubble with neighbouring New Zealand late last year, but currently it only operates one-way with inbound flights to Australia.

Australia has also discussed the option of travel bubbles with other low-risk places such as Taiwan, Japan and Singapore.

A vaccination scheme is due to begin in Australia in late February. Local authorities have resisted calls to speed up the process, giving more time for regulatory approvals.

Australia has so far reported 909 deaths and about 22,000 cases, far fewer than many nations. It reported zero locally transmitted infections on Monday.

Experts have attributed much of Australia’s success to its swift border lockdown – which affected travellers from China as early as February – and a hotel quarantine system for people entering the country.

Local outbreaks have been caused by hotel quarantine breaches, including a second wave in Melbourne. The city’s residents endured a stringent four-month lockdown last year to successfully suppress the virus.

Other outbreaks – including one in Sydney which has infected about 200 people – prompted internal border closures between states, and other restrictions around Christmas time.

The state of Victoria said on Monday it would again allow entry to Sydney residents outside of designated “hotspots”, following a decline in cases.

While the measures have been praised, many have also criticised them for separating families across state borders and damaging businesses.

Dr Murphy said overall Australia’s virus response had been “pretty good” but he believed the nation could have introduced face masks earlier and improved its protections in aged care homes.

In recent days, Australia has granted entry to about 1,200 tennis players, staff and officials for the Australian Open. The contingent – which has recorded at least nine infections – is under quarantine.

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Covid: Brisbane to enter three-day lockdown over single infection

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The Australian city of Brisbane has begun a snap three-day lockdown after a cleaner in its hotel quarantine system became infected with coronavirus.

Health officials said the cleaner had the highly transmissible UK variant and they were afraid it could spread.

Brisbane has seen very few cases of the virus beyond quarantined travellers since Australia’s first wave last year.

It is the first known instance of this variant entering the Australian community outside of hotel quarantine.

The lockdown is for five populous council areas in Queensland’s state capital.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the measure on Friday morning local time, about 16 hours after the woman tested positive.

Ms Palaszczuk said the lockdown aimed to halt the virus as rapidly as possible, adding: “Doing three days now could avoid doing 30 days in the future.”

“I think everybody in Queensland… knows what we are seeing in the UK and other places around the world is high rates of infection from this particular strain,” she said.

“And we do not want to see that happening here in our great state.”

Australia has reported 28,500 coronavirus infections and 909 deaths since the pandemic began. By contrast, the US, which is the hardest-hit country, has recorded more than 21 million infections while nearly 362,000 people have died of the disease.The lockdown will begin at 18:00 on Friday (08:00 GMT) in the Brisbane city, Logan and the Ipswich, Moreton and Redlands local government areas.

Residents will only be allowed to leave home for certain reasons, such as buying essential items and seeking medical care.

For the first time, residents in those areas will also be required to wear masks outside of their homes.

Australia has faced sporadic outbreaks over the past year, with the most severe one in Melbourne triggering a lockdown for almost four months.

A pre-Christmas outbreak in Sydney caused fresh alarm, but aggressive testing and contact-tracing has kept infection numbers low. The city recorded four local cases on Friday.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government has pledged to start mass vaccinations in February instead of March as was planned.

Lockdown interrupts ‘near normal’ life in Brisbane

Simon Atkinson, BBC News in Brisbane

At 8:00 today I popped to the local supermarket for some bread, milk – and because it’s summer here – a mango. I was pretty much the only customer.

When I went past the same shop a couple of hours later it was a different story – 50 people standing in the drizzle – queuing to get inside as others emerged with bulging shopping bags. “Heaps busier than Christmas,” a cheery trolley attendant told me. “It’s off the scale”.

Despite the “don’t panic” messages from authorities, pictures on social media show it’s a pattern being repeated across the city.

While shutdowns are common around the world, the tough and sudden stay-at-home order for Brisbane has caught people on the hop here after months of near normality.

But while such a rapid, hard lockdown off the back of just a single case of Covid-19 will seem crazy in some parts of the world, I’ve not come across too many people complaining.

And I don’t think that’s just because Aussies love to follow a rule. This is the first time the UK variant of the virus has been detected in the community in Australia.

And nobody here wants Brisbane to go through what Melbourne suffered last year. Even if it means going without mangoes.

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