Mel Greig at the Channel 9 studios. (Source: Instagram, @melgreigradio).
Health goals are notoriously difficult to achieve and so it’s understandable why Mel Greig has tried various motivators and techniques in her quest for a healthier life. She’s openly discussed her quest to lose weight and often uses Instagram to share photos of her nutritious meals and enthusiastic exercise sessions.
Recently a different photo caught my eye. It made me feel sad and reminded me of how a box of old clothes can actually become a stumbling block to a healthy mindset.
Mel Greig’s recent Instagram photo is of a cardboard box labeled “Skinny clothes… Warning: Only open when you are back down to 68kg”. She captioned the photo with: “Keeping myself motivated while packing #weightlossgoals…#healthyliving”.
I’ve been there, Mel. Only, I didn’t just have a one box of “skinny clothes” – I had a whole wardrobe-and-a-half filled with them. And sadly I have to report that holding onto too-small clothes didn’t help me to become healthier. In fact, these “skinny clothes” had an adverse effect on my health – in particular, my mental health.
In 2013, I faced one of the most confronting and personally disappointing experiences with my own body. During my pregnancy, my doctors found that I had a chronic kidney disease. This kidney disease caused me to gain a huge amount of weight, due to fluid retention.
I put on so much weight that walking was extremely difficult. I now have stretch marks all over my body. From my neck down, it’s more unusual to find an unmarked patch of skin, because there’s just so many stretch marks from when my skin strained to bear the extra weight.
Admittedly, much of the weight was also from potato chips, mini apple pies, icecream, hot chocolates and other delicious things. In summary, I put on more weight than I ever had in my whole life because I was pregnant, sick, scared and depressed.