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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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Australia: Scott Morrison saga casts scrutiny on Queen’s representative

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In the past fortnight, Australia has been gripped by revelations that former Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison secretly appointed himself to several additional ministries.

The move has been labelled a “power grab” by his successor as prime minister, and Mr Morrison has been scolded by many – even his own colleagues.

But the scandal has also dragged Australia’s governor-general into the fray – sparking one of the biggest controversies involving the Queen’s representative in Australia in 50 years.

So does Governor-General David Hurley have questions to answer, or is he just collateral damage?

‘Just paperwork’

Governors-general have fulfilled the practical duties as Australia’s head of state since the country’s 1901 federation.

Candidates for the role were initially chosen by the monarch but are now recommended by the Australian government.

The job is largely ceremonial – a governor-general in almost every circumstance must act on the advice of the government of the day. But conventions allow them the right to “encourage” and “warn” politicians.

Key duties include signing bills into law, issuing writs for elections, and swearing in ministers.

Mr Hurley has run into trouble on the latter. At Mr Morrison’s request, he swore the prime minister in as joint minister for health in March 2020, in case the existing minister became incapacitated by Covid.

Over the next 14 months, he also signed off Mr Morrison as an additional minister in the finance, treasury, home affairs and resources portfolios.

Mr Morrison already had ministerial powers, so Mr Hurley was basically just giving him authority over extra departments.

It’s a request the governor-general “would not have any kind of power to override or reject”, constitutional law professor Anne Twomey tells the BBC.

“This wasn’t even a meeting between the prime minister and the governor-general, it was just paperwork.”

But Mr Morrison’s appointments were not publicly announced, disclosed to the parliament, or even communicated to most of the ministers he was job-sharing with.

Australia’s solicitor-general found Mr Morrison’s actions were not illegal but had “fundamentally undermined” responsible government.

But the governor-general had done the right thing, the solicitor-general said in his advice this week.

It would have been “a clear breach” for him to refuse the prime minister, regardless of whether he knew the appointments would be kept secret, Stephen Donaghue said.

Critics push for investigation

Ultimately, Mr Hurley had to sign off on Mr Morrison’s requests, but critics say he could have counselled him against it and he could have publicised it himself.

But representatives for the governor-general say these types of appointments – giving ministers the right to administer other departments – are not unusual.

And it falls to the government of the day to decide if they should be announced to the public. They often opt not to.

Mr Hurley himself announcing the appointments would be unprecedented. He had “no reason to believe that appointments would not be communicated”, his spokesperson said.

Emeritus professor Jenny Hocking finds the suggestion Mr Hurley didn’t know the ministries had been kept secret “ridiculous”.

“The last of these bizarre, duplicated ministry appointments… were made more than a year after the first, so clearly by then the governor-general did know that they weren’t being made public,” she says.

“I don’t agree for a moment that the governor-general has a lot of things on his plate and might not have noticed.”

The historian says it’s one of the biggest controversies surrounding a governor-general since John Kerr caused a constitutional crisis by sacking Prime Minister Gough Whitlam in 1975.

Prof Hocking famously fought for transparency around that matter – waging a lengthy and costly legal battle that culminated in the release of Mr Kerr’s correspondence with the Queen.

And she says the same transparency is needed here.

The Australian public need to know whether Mr Hurley counselled the prime minister against the moves, and why he didn’t disclose them

The government has already announced an inquiry into Mr Morrison’s actions, but she wants it to look at the governor-general and his office too.

“If the inquiry is to find out what happened in order to fix what happened, it would be extremely problematic to leave out a key part of that equation.”

Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull – Mr Morrison’s predecessor – has also voiced support for an inquiry.

“Something has gone seriously wrong at Government House,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

“It is the passive compliance along the chain… that did undermine our constitution and our democracy… that troubles me the most. This is how tyranny gets under way.”

PM defends governor-general

Prof Twomey says the criticism of Mr Hurley is unfair – there’s was no “conspiracy” on his part to keep things secret.

“I don’t think it’s reasonable for anyone to expect that he could have guessed that the prime minister was keeping things secret from his own ministers, for example.

“Nobody really thought that was a possibility until about two weeks ago.”

Even if he had taken the unprecedented step to publicise the appointments or to reject Mr Morrison’s request, he’d have been criticised, she says.

“There’d be even more people saying ‘how outrageous!'” she says. “The role of governor-general is awkward because people are going to attack you either way.”

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has also defended Mr Hurley, saying he was just doing his job.

“I have no intention of undertaking any criticism of [him].”

A role fit for purpose?

Prof Hocking says it’s a timely moment to look at the role of the governor-general more broadly.

She points out it’s possible the Queen may have been informed about Mr Morrison’s extra ministries when Australia’s parliament and people were not.

“It does raise questions about whether this is fit for purpose, as we have for decades been a fully independent nation, but we still have… ‘the relics of colonialism’ alive and well.”

Momentum for a fresh referendum on an Australian republic has been growing and advocates have seized on the controversy.

“The idea that the Queen and her representative can be relied upon to uphold our system of government has been debunked once and for all,” the Australian Republic Movement’s Sandy Biar says.

“It’s time we had an Australian head of state, chosen by Australians and accountable to them to safeguard and uphold Australia’s constitution.”

But Prof Twomey says republicans are “clutching at straws” – under their proposals, the head of state would also have been bound to follow the prime minister’s advice.

“It wouldn’t result in any changes that would have made one iota of difference.”

 

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Australia election: PM Morrison’s security team in car crash in Tasmania

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A car carrying the Australian prime minister’s security team has crashed in Tasmania during an election campaign visit.

Four police officers were taken to hospital with “non-life threatening injuries” after the car and another vehicle collided, authorities said.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison was not in the car, but the accident prompted him to cancel the rest of his campaign events on Thursday.

The other driver involved was not hurt.

Tasmania Police said initial investigations suggested the second car had “collided with the rear of the police vehicle, while attempting to merge”. It caused the unmarked security vehicle to roll off the road.

The two Tasmania Police officers and two Australian Federal Police officers were conscious when taken to hospital for medical assessment, the prime minister’s office said.

“Family members of the officers have been contacted and are being kept informed of their condition,” a statement said.

“The PM is always extremely grateful for the protection provided by his security team and extends his best wishes for their recovery and to their families.”

Australians go to the polls on 21 May. Mr Morrison – prime minister since 2018 – is hoping to win his conservative coalition’s fourth term in office.

Polls suggest the opposition Labor Party, led by Anthony Albanese, is favoured to win. However, Mr Morrison defied similar polling to claim victory at the last election in 2019.

Mr Morrison’s Liberal-National coalition holds 76 seats in the House of Representatives – the minimum needed to retain power.

Political observers say the cost of living, climate change, trust in political leaders, and national security will be among key issues in the campaign.

In recent weeks, the prime minister has faced accusations of being a bully and once sabotaging a rival’s career by suggesting the man’s Lebanese heritage made him less electable. Mr Morrison has denied the allegations.

Mr Albanese stumbled into his own controversy this week when he failed to recall the nation’s unemployment or interest rates.

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Sydney airport warns delays could last weeks on third day of travel chaos

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Long queues at Sydney airport’s domestic terminals have continued for a third day, with some passengers missing international connections, as the airport warns delays resulting from a surge in travellers and a shortfall in security staff could continue for weeks.

Chaotic scenes were reported in the departure halls as early as 4.30am on Saturday, with some frustrated travellers, many of whom heeded the pleas of airport chiefs to arrive at least two hours before their domestic flight was due to take off, claiming only one security line was operating.

While the queues that formed early on Saturday are understood to have cleared later in the morning, the airport apologised to affected travellers.

“Traffic numbers are picking up and the close contact rules are making it hard to fill shifts and staff the airport. We appreciate your patience,” Sydney airport said on its Twitter account.

A wave of families travelling as the term two school holidays begin this weekend, combined with close contact rules that are understood to be taking out about 20% of security shifts in any given day, are driving the problem.

Certis, the company that Sydney airport contracts for its security operations, is desperately trying to recruit personnel, while the airport has reallocated back office, IT and retail workers to the departure hall to comb queues so they can prioritise passengers at risk of missing their flight.

“We are working around the clock to resolve these issues and have teams in the terminals bringing passengers forward in order of priority,” a Sydney airport spokesperson said.

He added that the airport is “anticipating it will [be] busy right through the school holiday period and peak over the Easter and Anzac Day weekends, in some cases at 90% of pre-Covid passenger levels”.

“We’re deeply grateful to passengers for their ongoing patience and we’re sorry to everyone who has been inconvenienced,” the spokesperson said. “We would also like to thank passengers for getting to the airport early and treating staff and each other with kindness and respect.”

The Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce was forced to clarify comments he made on Friday that passengers were “not match fit” and that those forgetting to remove laptops and aerosols from their bags at the security check contributing to the delays.

“Just to be clear, I’m not ‘blaming’ passengers,” Joyce said. “Of course it’s not their fault,” he said.

Qantas shed thousands of staff during the pandemic, and outsourced ground crews in a decision that was challenged in court.

On Saturday, Qantas also apologised to a Melbourne family left stranded in Sydney, after domestic flight delays caused them to miss an international trip.

Javiera Martinez, her partner Daniel Capurro and their three children were supposed to be flying to Chile on Friday to visit relatives they had not seen in three years.

But after their 8am Qantas flight from Melbourne was delayed by half an hour, baggage handling and airport transfer delays in Sydney meant they couldn’t make their 11.30am LATAM Airlines flight to Santiago.

Martinez said the airline’s procedures at the airport were chaotic.

“We think Qantas didn’t behave appropriately. I got berated by the person at the counter – they never apologised, they never assumed any responsibility at all,” she said. “It was a rude conversation. We have been mistreated badly I would say.”

The PCR tests they need to travel have now expired and they will have to take them again as they wait for seats on the next flight to Santiago from Sunday.

The airline has apologised and paid for a night’s accommodation in Sydney.

“We sincerely apologise that the family missed their connecting flight on another airline due to delays moving through Sydney airport on Friday,” a Qantas spokesperson said.

The family is among many affected by hold ups amid the busiest travel period in two years, with Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane airports warning passengers to arrive two hours before domestic flights.

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