Hi, My name is Yvette. I used to be a food addict. Food was my solution to happiness, sadness, stress – food controlled me. The problem with weight gain is that you don’t notice until it crosses the bridge from acceptable to a feeling of complete discomfort! You reach the point of disgust. For me the breaking point was when I felt so uncomfortable I wouldn’t want to leave the house, I was so uncomfortable that I would pull at my clothes in tears just wishing I could tear them off. I realised that buying bigger clothes was no longer an option to resolve this discomfort. From that point on I made a promise to myself to never buy anything bigger to accommodate my weight gain.
I started on my own and when I struggled I joined Weighless, which attributed to 16kg loss. After a total 22kg loss and a mountain of confidence gained I reached a plateau. At this stage I also found out that I was due to become a mom. I knew that I had nothing to worry about as I’d lost the weight once and I knew I could do it again.
After my son was born I was very frustrated but had to take it easy, I then started Weighless again on my own. The following year I climbed out of my comfort zone and started pole dancing. I hated gym, had no discipline to exercise at home but decided that 2012 was my year, a year to work on ME. I lost 12kg’s during 2012 and with pole dancing regained all my confidence + a load more. In May of 2012, a friend posted in the REBOOT Facebook group so I asked him about it. Shortly after I started with a 30-day REBOOT detox and since then have followed the Paleo way of eating. I stopped drinking July 2012 after my birthday for health and safety reasons.
I now train 3 hours a week, have a 1km jog first thing in the morning to get the metabolism going and drink plenty of water in conjunction with eating Paleo (unprocessed foods) When I do feel like having a chocolate I do, I don’t beat myself up about it.
I think at the end of the day the biggest thing for me is that food no longer controls me and I only eat to feed my body, rather than eat to feed my emotions. When you fall, get back up. We all have bad days with emotions, exercise, work and so forth so why not with eating too. Don’t beat yourself up about it. Keep going.