Walking her way to better health

ANYONE who regularly frequents Gawler’s Murray Street would recognise Gawler resident Stephanie Pugsley, who walks up and down the town’s main thoroughfare every day.

For Mrs Pugsley, 2017 has been a memorable year as she’s lost 32kg in 10 months through a combination of walking, exercising and dieting.

“I just wanted to be healthy again,” she said.

“I’ve been on a healthy eating diet, I’ve cut out all chocolate, cakes, biscuits, you name it.

“I walk a lot and I use my exercise bike three times a day – I do about eight kilometres a day on my exercise bike.”

Mrs Pugsley’s weight loss journey, which began when she weighed over 100kg in February, was the second she’s gone through, after winning Gawler Council’s Steps-to-Shop competition in 2010.

The challenge involved a group of 39 people who would walk around different parts of the town once a fortnight.

Mrs Pugsley, who often walks from her Murray Street home to Gawler Green shopping centre, said walking was a great way to stay fit and urged others to get out and about whenever they could.

“I feel wonderful, I feel like a completely different person again,” she said.

“I have a lot more energy.”

This time around, Mrs Pugsley is aiming to maintain her current level of fitness, but knows the big challenge that lies ahead, later this month.

“It’s going to be a difficult time over Christmas, but I’ll get there,” she said.


Matteo Gagliardi joined The Bunyip in August 2016 with almost two years experience in regional print media, having previously worked at a community newspaper in Swan Hill, Victoria. Covering politics, local government and crime, Matteo likes to sink his teeth into hard-hitting issues, but also enjoys spending time getting to know the Gawler community. Matteo also has a passion for science, agriculture and the environment, and has previously worked as a media officer at the Australian Science Media Centre.

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