What a story Adele has to tell. Her courage to overcome the challenges she has faced is truly astounding.
Here Adele shares her experience, strength and hope. I am sure her story will inspire you.
My weight loss struggle began when I went on a course of cortisone and gained a lot of weight. As a result of my weight gain I was told that I couldn’t have kids. I managed to lose 35kg with Weighless for my wedding which took two years to plan. Three months before our wedding I found out I was pregnant. When I went to the gynaecologist, he said that my health improved so much that I was able to fall pregnant. I really tried following the Weighless maternity program, but it just didn’t work for me. I gained 55kgs during my pregnancy, I was morning sick 24hours a day, I gained approximately 6kgs a week! Needless to say my gynaecologist was shocked. I was diagnosed with Gestational diabetes after which I developed Pre-Eclampsia and carpel tunnel syndrome as well as high blood pressure.
Our little miracle was born prematurely via C-Section due to my blood pressure skyrocketing. There were severe complications with the birth and I flat lined twice during the procedure and once in the recovery room. It was hell. My beautiful little newborn baby flat lined 4 times. We are both lucky to be alive.
Following this traumatic birth experience I was heavier than ever and made my way back to Weighless. But I gave up somewhere down the line and my weight would not budge!
My turning point came in December 2014 when my son aged three came bursting into the bathroom demanding to know why his mommy was fat. I realized he had heard others talking about my weight. It suddenly hit me that I was indeed a fat mommy, and I desperately needed to do something about it. I tried various diets and changes. I went from one extreme to the other which ended with me landing up in ER unable to manage my diabetes.
I didn’t know what to do. I’d go to bed hungry in a bid to starve myself thin. Many people believe that it is good to go sleep hungry, but if you are an emotional eater it is NOT good. Every morning I would wake up and tell myself: “TODAY is the day, today I am starting over, today I will give 100%” but then before night fall, I’d have cheated and let myself down… again.
I then met a wonderful lady who has helped me A LOT. She taught me that I am just human, and that no matter what, as long as I make healthier choices I am good enough. She showed me that it was pointless to beat myself up over food as this would inevitable lead me to binge or overeat.
Losing weight has been one of the most challenging experiences. I felt stuck on an emotional roller coaster petrified of how this was affecting my family. I needed to save my life, not only for myself but for my family as well. I made a decision to give up sugar and processed food and stop obsessing about food.
It has been a month now, and I can honestly say I am a lot healthier and happier. I don’t obsess about food anymore, it does not take over my life anymore. I am in the right headspace to actually live a healthier happy life.
To date I have lost 27.9kg, I have a long road ahead of me, but at least I am happy. And to me that is Huge!
I think my photos speak a story for themselves, from my before to my current.