Greyhounds helped biggest loser
WHEN Christine Pfizer entered the 2008 Grafton Midday Rotary Club’s Biggest Loser competition being a successful greyhound owner and trainer was not on her mind.
Yet just two years later she owns a dog that has retired after winning eight races and has another pup in training she says is showing plenty of potential.
Her introduction to greyhound owning and training is just one of the positives Christine Pfizer says she owes the Biggest Loser competitions.
Christine’s efforts on the scales are something to be proud of. When she entered the first competition in 2008 she weighed 132kg and lost 13 per cent of her body weight to win her age category at 114kg.
This year she started the competition weighing 111kg, the only former contestant to have maintained or lessened her body weight from 2008.
Last Friday her weight had dropped to 99.9kg and it has continued this week, dropping to below 95kg.
However, it is the flow-on effects in Christine’s life that have amazed her and have her looking forward to every day.
Christine returned to Grafton two-and-a-half years ago to look after her elderly mum.
“Mum encouraged me to get a dog to give me some incentive to exercise,” Christine said.
“I happened to meet Anne Hewitt, who runs a greyhound sanctuary, and I adopted Roger, a four-year-old retired racer.
“Trouble was he was a confirmed couch potato and didn’t need much exercising. After an initial 4kg weight loss, I signed up for the Biggest Loser.”
Christine liked the idea of walking dogs as part of her weight loss program, so she contacted a nearby greyhound trainer and volunteered to walk his dogs. They agreed.
“A few months later they asked if I would like one of my charges, Miss Roma, for a pet,” Christine said.
“She wasn’t considered good enough for a racing dog. She was tiny and hadn’t run a place to date.
“I decided Romy would continue racing for a while to give me some experience of training a race dog.
“After six weeks I nominated her for the first time and she lined up with some talented dogs.”
Christine had also just landed a job at the Grafton races and Grafton dogs, photographing race finishes for the owners of the winners.
“It was my first day, and when my little dog jumped out first and led all the way I nearly forgot to take the photo at all,” Christine said.
“It was a huge thrill, and even though Romy went on to win another seven races for me nothing will ever compare to that win.”
Christine is a huge fan of the Biggest Loser.
“I am now in the second Biggest Loser competition and I have shed a total of 40kg altogether,” she said.
“With two weeks of the competition to go, I should lose even more.
“The weight loss has had a huge impact on my life and with a job I enjoy and a hobby I love I have renewed zest for life.”