How a Girdle and a Photo Led to My 50lb Weight Loss While Still Eating What I Loved
I was a tired mom of two baby boys. I looked in the mirror and did not recognize myself. I thought any hope of losing weight after having kids came from a mix of crash dieting, possibly surgery, and body shapers. Following tradition, I was kindly handed fajas (girdles) by women in my family.
After trying on countless fajas to find the perfect one, I was frustrated and uncomfortable. Not to mention, I had seen a photo of myself, while wearing the girdle, that made my eyes pop. I could not accept this was going to be my life. At that moment, I promised myself that I would figure this out. I was determined to find a way to lose weight ... BUT I loved food. How could I lose weight when I loved food?
The first thing I learned was that I had more control over my situation than I thought, and I stopped feeling sorry for myself. I found that if I treated my body well, and nourished it appropriately, my body would respond in positive ways. This was a journey of discovery, time, and patience to figure out what foods actually nourished me...and still tasted great. Gradually I made some shifts. I started flipping recipes to healthier versions that still tasted great, and also nourished and energized my body. My energy started to come back. I started exercising regularly. My youngest son at the time was five months old and my oldest was two years old, so yes, I was exhausted, but I was also determined. Tapping into the guidance and support available to me, my life and eating habits completely changed for the better and the long term! I saw the power my food choices and consistent exercise had on my body, and I was hooked. It was incredible!