I was afraid of what people thought of me
The year 2014 took a toll on me. Losing two loved ones who had been a very important part of my life and had always been there for me since my early childhood made me realize that life is fragile.
For the last 25 years, I mostly took care of my family, my husband, and my two wonderful sons. Time flew by, and I realized I had forgotten all about myself and that I also had to take care of myself, my health, and my well-being. Not being able to engage in sports and never having any energy or motivation was the worst part. I missed out on so many celebrations and hesitated to take action so many times because I was too ashamed of how I looked to accept invitations from friends that I hadn’t seen since I had put on weight. I was ashamed of wearing a swimsuit in front of strangers, and even more so with my close relations. I was afraid of what people thought of me. I secluded myself for many years, and became some kind of recluse.
One day, as I was shopping like I love to do, I realized I couldn’t buy clothes in regular stores anymore. It was a hard pill to swallow, but it helped me realize things had to change, and it made me take charge. It was then that I started to get back in shape under the supervision of a trainer and a nutritionist. My life has changed so much since then! Wow! I feel so much better in my own skin and in my mind. I have much more energy, and my self-esteem and confidence are through the roof!
I ran 5 km for the first time in my life, and I plan to do it again in October. I even wore a bikini at the beach this summer for the first time in ages! I am proud of my accomplishments. I still have weight to lose and a long way to go, but I am confident in my ability to reach my healthy weight and maintain it. Most importantly, I have faith in the future as I know that life still has a lot in store for me!
Yvonne Maillet, is part of the community ”Enformidables” which gathers people who have left their sedentarity lifestyle and inspire us with their great story that motivates us to become an ”Enformidable” too.
Personal Trainer: Sophie