Gabz “G-Mach” Odesnik
I LOST 29KG AND KEPT IT OFF FOR 6 YEARS (and counting!)
Ever since I was a small child, I have suffered with mental health issues. From about age 5, I was diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. At age 12, my nanna passed away very young. I was extremely close to her. Her passing triggered severe depression.
I hit such a low, that I left school in year 10 and would spend all my time on the couch sleeping. Sleeping was the only time that I was free. No obsessive thoughts. No compulsions. No feelings of numbness. Just free. When I was awake, food was a way of comforting me. So imagine, no moving around at all and a hell of a lot of eating. Not to mention my cocktail of medications that increased my hunger substantially. It got so bad, that suicide started to sound like a good idea and the I wouldn’t be upset if my life just suddenly ended. For 3 years, this was my life. I reached a weight of 87kg.
My mom joined BMB in March 2015 with one intention only. Not for herself, but for me. With the hope that I would follow suit. After 2 months there, I didn’t. So, she arranged and induction with Greg, and dragged me along. I did not want to go at all. I remember sitting in the induction listening to Greg explain that I needed to commit to every session and put in a lot of hard work and in my head I was saying “yeah right, I’m not coming back here”. Somehow I made it to my first PT session.