For Biggest Loser: Couples winner Olivia Ward and her sister-teammate, Hannah Curlee, the real secret to shedding a combined 249 pounds — and keeping the weight off — wasn't a strict diet or insane workouts.
One year ago Olivia Ward (far left), 35, weighed 261 pounds and couldn't walk a block without stopping for a breather. Olivia had a similar aha moment, thanks to long talks with Biggest Loser trainer Bob Harper. 2 of 41, Sharing the Christmas spirit is Gympiea€™s youngest Christmas lights enthusiast, nine-year old Declan Elliot. 3 of 41, Four-year-old twins Olivia and Jackson Patterson taking part in the Christmas cupcake workshop at Redbank Plaza on Monday. 4 of 41, Bargara Meats owner Dan Sauer is busy filling orders for turduckens this Christmas. 5 of 41, Bundaberg CWA president Shirley Baldwin with a few of her mouth-watering Christmas treats. 6 of 41, Santa gets into the spirit of the Casino Town Centre Christmas Carnival by playing a game of foosball with (from left) Renai Gardner, Kate Collyer and Kylie Smith, of Casino Toys, Pools and Music. 8 of 41, South Lismore Pirlos Fruits barn co-owner Suzanne Dhesi with some of our traditional christmas fruit.
9 of 41, Renee Rovere catches up with Santa at Coffs Harbour Base Hospital children's ward. 10 of 41, Nhial Mabeny, 14, and Miami Lee Smith, six months, at the Variety Club Children's Christmas party at Yamba. 12 of 41, CHRISTMAS JOY: Carols by Candlelight devotees Ali Oakes, Blake Woodgate, Brett Collins and Chloe Epple at Saturday nights celebrations.
13 of 41, Off and racing: The gates open as 36 Santa Crawl participants try not to spill their beer during the feature race at the Grafton Race Course. 14 of 41, OUR GIFT: Each year Retireinvest Wide Bay, through donations from their clients and staff participate in the Fraser Coast Chroniclea€™s Adopt-A- Family for Christmas appeal.
15 of 41, Set to package more than 300 slices of Christmas cake are Quota International Toowoomba members (from left) Shirley Shelton, Julianne Caines and Cheryl Wilson. 16 of 41, Gympie Christmas lights winner Ray Dole and his daughter Belinda Rimmington outside their Fairview Drive home.
17 of 41, VERY MERRY: Santas David a€?Turboa€™ Gullick and Ron Devin during the Ulysses Christmas Toy Run in Ipswich. 19 of 41, Christmas fairy: Eliza Hebron, of South Grafton, aged one and a half, got all dressed up for Carols in the Square in Grafton.
20 of 41, All wrapped up: Nunderi resident David North and Tweed Valley College student Ra€™Chelle Louwen, with some of the 44,000 lights David donated to the school this Christmas. 21 of 41, Rebel without a claus: Instead of his sleigh Santa uses 250 horses to arrive at South Tweed Heads Preschool.
22 of 41, LOOKING UP: The man with the best job in the world, Ben Southall, at the Capricorn Caves with his girlfriend Bre Watkins. 23 of 41, Wilson the story dog, with Darren Swan, Yvette Clarke and Julie Sharest, donned a red Santa suit for a visit to Mr David Nicholls' Year 1N class. 24 of 41, Felicity, Christian and Tiffany Lane-Krebs are raising funds for the Royal Childrena€™s Hospital Foundation. 25 of 41, Amanda Clark shares her Christmas diet tips, including using cherries as a healthy party alternative. 26 of 41, Trinity Chetcuti, Akyra Connell, Karrie Hayward and Ashleigh Phillips sing Jingle Bell Rock on stage at Carols in the City in Mackay.
27 of 41, Christmas spirit: Station officer Paul Kelly with fellow officers Ricky Hassall, Chris Harvey and Darren Oxley at the Maryborough fire station.
28 of 41, Ceejay and Jorga Phillips (front) Jill, Dean and Rachael Phillips (back) at the Pageant of Lights in Bundaberg.
29 of 41, Angela Russell from Orion Shopping Centre and Cathy Beauchamp from Westlife Church prepare to give to needy families with their food bin giveaway and wishing tree. 30 of 41, Jim Geiger, Santa and Member for Gympie David Gibson get ready for the annual Ulysses toy run. 31 of 41, Geoff and Sue Quinn, of Alstonville, love doing the annual North Coast Charity Motorcycle Toy Run each year on their Can-Am Spyder.
33 of 41, The Pearce family home in North Mackay is decked out for Christmas with lights galore.
35 of 41, Warwick Animal Welfare Association members get Santa Pawsa€™ chair ready for action. 36 of 41, Kalani Jacobsen, Ronan English, Aelika Jacobsen, Liam English and Anela Jacobsen at the carols in Maryborough's Queens Park. 37 of 41, Lions Club member Des Connell of Tivoli with the first of this yeara€™s Lions Club Traditional Christmas Cakes. 39 of 41, Lieutenants Terri Goodwin and Jeff Goodwin, of the Salvation Army, will be helping families in need again this Christmas by taking part in the Daily Mercurya€™s Adopt-A-Family program. 40 of 41, Catilin Easterbrook, 3, admires the freshly decorated Grand Central Christmas tree in Toowoomba.
41 of 41, CHRISTMAS JOY: Kaelani Williams sits on some of the 630 boxes that were sent from Emerald last year. Ch?ng lao hoa cung ThermageKhi th?y da xu?t hi?n cac n?p nhan, d?u chan chim, ch?m d?i m?i… thi ai ai cung bi?t do la nh?ng bi?u hi?n c?a lao hoa da. M?i day, co gai d?p nh?t nu?c M? nam 2012 da ti?t l? bi quy?t gi? dang c?a minh v?i m?t t?p chi hang d?u Hoa K?. Her sister, Hannah Curlee, 32, tipped the scale at 248 pounds and was too embarrassed to go out with friends at night.
Hampers including food, treats and toys are collected and donated as gifts to three needy families. By lunchtime I'd be starving because I wasn't getting enough nutrients from that kind of food.
Now I love an egg white omelet made with vegetables, like asparagus and mushrooms, left over from the previous night's dinner. When I reached my goal of losing 120 pounds, I was proud of myself for the first time in 15 years.
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