Back in the ring of things


When Queenstown mum Amanda Voyce couldn’t fit her wedding rings any more, she wasn’t going to get them made bigger. 

Instead, she spent the past three years fad-dieting – to no avail. 

But a couple of weeks ago, she was able to put them back on for the first time after three months’ intensive training through the Winter Festival Ladies Fashion Challenge. 

“I couldn’t fit my rings after about six months of being married,” she explains. 

“I was so determined and sure that I would lose the weight eventually. I felt if I got the rings re-sized, it would be almost giving up and accepting who I was.” 

Now, after losing 12.8kg and 54cm, she only takes them off when she goes to the gym. 

“It feels like when I first got engaged and you look at your finger all the time – I keep doing that.” 

The 33-year-old mum of two is thrilled with her new look after training and eating healthily with 11 other local women. 

“It’s one of the best things I‘ve ever done – it’s changed things for me in every way.” 

Queenstown Taxis’ Mandy Gardiner, awarded “biggest transformation” at the catwalk show on Monday night, agrees. 

Gardiner – who entered to feel better about herself and have more confidence – lost 13kg. 

It was tough at first, she says: “It was incredibly hard if you hadn’t done anything like that for a long time.” 

Gardiner plans to keep training and has already bought her gym membership.