Here we go again! – The short version of why I’m here!

Me Oct 2015 vs April 2016

First entree….so many things I want to write about, so many moments I want to share with the world that I can not quite order them in my head right now. To start, let me introduce myself: I’m Mai, a Colombian girl living in Australia since 2013. I have battle my weight since early years of high school and although I have lived a very happy life, being fit and healthy has been my dream for many many years.

I have tried every diet, treatment and trick for losing weight that has been invented out there… however none of them were successful in the long run. When I got to Australia three years ago, I was already overweight and living away from home studying a master in a new country with no friends or family put extra pressure on me and I just started to lose control of my eating habits and close to zero exercise (expect for the work-out that working as a cleaner meant). In the first two years, I think I put on about 15-18kg and it was last year during a trip to Sydney when I was trying to send a nice selfie to my boyfriend that it hit me: I couldn’t get a selfie that i was happy with because my cheeks were too big, i had a huge double chin… I was just too fat for a good selfie.

When that realisation hit me, I was living in Sydney working on a project for Nestle so I thought trying Optifast was a good way of losing weight fast. I had three months to lose weight, one of my best friends was getting married and I was a bridesmaid, so I needed to do my best to look good that day, plus… I love taking pictures.. and I was mortified of not being able to get a nice selfie.. it was sooo frustrating.

Everyone that has tried Optifast knows that the program is not a long-term solution. I lost close to 7 kilos in 3 months, just perfect timing for the wedding, but after that, I stopped following the program and pretty quickly I gained 3 kg in less than 2 months, by December 2015 I was 84Kg and again losing myself in yummy but unhealthy food.

December 2015 was a pivotal month for me, my parents came all the way from Colombia to stay with me for two months. I had not seen them for almost two years so I was really surprised when I saw how thin my mum was. I felt happy for her, she had taken on walking in the mornings and that had helped her a lot. I was indeed very happy of having a healthier mum (specially when I live so far away, one thing less to worry about), but at the same time I was jealous, my mum being thin meant that I was the only fatty of my family (my dad has always been very sporty and my brother is thin and tall as hell). That is when I decided that my lifestyle needed to change, if my mum could lose more than 15kg, why not me?

30/12/2015 is the day that I joined Weight Watchers. I had already made some changes to my habits. Mum and dad were staying with me so my mum was helping me with the cooking, so apart from when we went out to discover the amazing Melbourne food, my meals were balance and portion controlled. But I knew that was just temporal, my mum was leaving in a month and i needed to make sure I was staying strong with the plan. Weight watchers, although a bit too expensive, it is such a great program that it is worth it. I joined the version of the program in which you go to meetings similar to AA but in this case is FA (Foodolics Anonymous) and share your journey with other people who is going through the same struggles and same challenges as you are.

Since then, I have lost 5Kg. The meetings and the support of the ww online community have been essential, there is no better feeling than go to the meeting and see some progress on the scales!. It has not been easy, my weight loss chart looks like a roller coaster full of up and downs. I can go from an excellent week to a very bad week, but it is all part of the process. i also started going to the gym as many days as possible, discovered Zumba and since then I’m addicted to it. It’s soooo good, and i feel like at home! (did you know Zumba was “invented” by a Colombian guy?, so proud of my country).

Looking back, I can definitely say that my life has changed for the better. I’m not still finished, I’m a WIP (work in progress) but living a happier and healthier life!

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A Colombo-Australian woman living in Melbourne. I love books and pugs! You too? Let's be cyber-friends! I also have a YouTube channel in case you want to know more about me.

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