True Grit: Merriwa mother credits military-inspired obstacle course for helping weight battle

Merriwa resident Kitty Morton will take part in this weekend's True Grit event. Picture: Martin Kennealey d475289
Merriwa resident Kitty Morton will take part in this weekend's True Grit event. Picture: Martin Kennealey d475289

KITTY Morton credits a military-|inspired obstacle course with helping her lose half her body weight.

The Merriwa mother said she had been overweight her entire adult life and watched her husband Michael enjoy physical activity events without her.

“I would feel too ashamed about myself to go with him but secretly longed to give it a try,” she said.

After losing 45kg in 10 months, Mrs Morton decided to complete the True Grit obstacle course.

“I hadn’t really done anything like True Grit before, so it was very hard for me to accept the 10km and challenging obstacles,” she said.

“But with the support of my husband and a friend, I completed True Grit and it has been one of the key ‘mind’ breakthroughs on my journey.

“It has been very hard to change my mindset and not see myself as still overweight, so every time I completed an obstacle I could look back and see a little of my old unhealthy self getting further away from me.”

She said completing the event gave her confidence and helped her achieve her fitness and health goals.

Mrs Morton has now lost 70kg and will challenge herself further by doing the obstacle twice along with her husband.

“Doing this together has been the most amazing way to get closer and after 19 years of marriage we have never been so strong,” she said.

The event near Donnybrook donates a percentage of profits to defence force support charities Legacy and the Commando Welfare Trust.

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