I want to tell you my story !! about how I did it, how I lost 25 kilos and completely turned my health around.
As a teenager, I had always been thin, and I’d never really had to watch what I ate, I played netball throughout high school, but I never really exercised much after that. Even in my early twenties, I managed to keep a steady weight despite a lot of partying and drinking, hell I even travelled around Australia, New Zealand and Europe living pretty much on a diet of two-minute noodles and boxed wine.
It was in my late 20s with the pregnancy of my son that things started to change. I’d never thought about the impact of what I ate on my health and let me tell you. I took that saying, “you’re eating for two now” literally. I was eating KFC on my lunch breaks and ducking into Baskin Robins for ice-cream nearly every second day. It didn’t help that my workmates would bring me mud cake to work either.
I still remember the day of my last prenatal appointment I stood on the scales and was mortified I had gained 25 kilos !! in 8 months!!! I felt horrible, I hated the way I looked and felt, and I was disappointed that I’d let myself go. Still all my friends and family assured me that the weight would go once my son was born.
Pregnancy for me wasn’t like the story’s people tell you. I think Wendy said it best in one of my favourite movies What to Expect When You’re Expecting.
“I just wanted the glow — the one that they promise you on the cover of those magazines. Well, I’m calling it: Pregnancy sucks! Making a human being is hard, I have no control over my body or my emotions. I’m sorry, all I want to do is punch you in the face…”
And then it came the day I had been waiting 8 months for, labour day !! yes !!! I was ready to get that baby out of me. I had a birth plan no drugs and a natural birth, well that plan went out the window after about 18 hours of labour !! but then another 18 hours later my little bundle of joy was in my arms and the horrible 36-hour labour was behind me.
I loved being a new mum after all I had the most beautiful baby in the world. But the pregnancy had left me completely drained. I started to feel really depressed, I didn’t want to look at myself in the mirror let alone go clothes shopping with my girlfriends or have my picture taken. I fell down a deep hole of self-pity and it felt to me like I would never get out. It got so bad that it was affecting my relationship with my partner.
This was the point that I knew I had to change I had to do something, anything and if not for myself than for my son and partner. So, I picked myself up and I started exercising 5 days a week, I did that for six months and NOTHING I didn’t lose any weight. I couldn’t believe it I’d worked so hard and I hadn’t lost a single kilo!!
Then one day I attended a health expo and as we were walking around enjoying the stalls I came across a stall that was promoting bachelor’s degree in Nutritional medicine. It instantly peaked my interest I wanted to learn more maybe not for a career but to change my own personal situation. After taking some time to think about it I enrolled. This is when the magic happened!!
I was learning so much about nutrition and how vitally important it was to health and well-being and not just for weight-loss but for all aspects of health. I started implementing all the information I was learning into my own lifestyle, I started a whole food diet and began training with a personal trainer.
Now it still wasn’t easy I had to work very hard. I still remember putting my adorable little bub in his playpen while I jumped rope and did burpees in the backyard. I also had to start cooking meals from scratch and avoiding all pre-packaged foods, but I was determined !!!
Within about three months I started to notice my clothes getting looser, I had more energy and I was starting to feel happy again. Still, the weight loss was slow, but I didn’t give up. I keep pushing myself to do better and eat better. After 12 months I had done it I lost it all the whole 25kgs and some and I was in the best shape of my life.
I was sold !! the proof was right in front of me “you are what you eat”.
Fast-forward to today my son is 9 years old and I’m a qualified clinical nutritionist with my very own nutrition practice. I’ve kept the weight off and I’m living life to the fullest. You might be wondering why I’ve decided to share my personal story with you.
Well, I wanted to let you know that if you’ve ever felt depressed, if you feel uncomfortable in your own skin, if you think it’s too hard to change or if you have tried everything to lose weight but still haven’t. I KNOW HOW YOU FEEL. I know what it feels like to hate the way you look. I know what it feels like to work hard and get no results. I know what it feels like to stand in that changeroom with those giant mirrors and cry because nothing fits. It SUCKS !!!
But I want to reassure you whatever you do, don’t give up !! keep trying, keep pushing yourself to do better and eat better. Because I know that you CAN change, you CAN feel happier and you CAN learn to love your body again. After all, if I can do it anyone CAN.