Editor’s note: This article documents personal experience only. For dietary advice, always consult your healthcare professional.
In 2016, I lost 20 kilograms in three months. On the outside, I looked like a different woman. I remember arriving to pick my son up from a party and momentarily not being recognised by the party boy’s parents.
It would be fair to say the physical change was not only quick, it was dramatic. You see it turns out I’m one of those people that carries a lot of weight in their face, so when I lost weight, my face changed too.
Even though the number on the scales went down, it took me a while to accept my body had changed. Despite what others told me, I didn’t think I looked all that different.
I remember selecting a pair of jeans at the shops and asking the sales assistant for a size 12. “Honey, I think you will fit the 8.” Come again?
The driver to significantly change something in your life varies from person to person. When it comes to weight loss, for example, it might be the shock of seeing a candid photo or a thoughtless comment from a concerned friend (you know the type).