None of them worked. Not for me, anyway, because you know what? I’m stubborn, very stubborn. I always ended up reverting back to my old ways. Nothing changed for me with these programs. It wasn’t ever about the food, it was about fixing that negative monologue consuming my head-space. Finally, after years of failed weight loss attempts, I realised I couldn’t do it on my own. Getting through the door was the first hurdle. Pumping iron and tight leopard-skin Lycra obviously had never really been my thing, so clearly, my first gym meeting was always going to be quite intimidating. From my first visit, however, I realised this gym wasn’t about that. The boys made me feel welcome and not ashamed and embarrassed. That was a big thing for me. They made me feel like a real-person, that I was worth it and that I mattered…not just another membership walking through the door. Most importantly, they made me feel I could do this. I had to WANT to do it, of course, I needed to be hungry for the change, but they were there to motivate, educate and guide me through my journey with respect and humility. And what a journey it has been. I won’t lie, some weeks have been tough, really tough, but here I am now, 55 kilos lighter (with more to go) and I’m happy again. The thing is, it’s not about losing weight and being thin. That doesn’t always make you happy or certainly, a better person. It’s about finding out who you are again. I didn’t want my weight to define who I was anymore. Living a healthier lifestyle, becoming stronger physically, mentally and emotionally and re-gaining my life is what it has been about for me. The boys at Body MBrace have, without doubt, helped me do that. Finally, to the Body MBrace team, you guys are amazing and what you do is truly life changing for those who choose to embrace the change. Your knowledge and motivation is second to none. Honestly, I couldn’t have done this without your help and thanks to you both.