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Jodine Davis is cel­e­brat­ing her new life

Weight Watchers Magazine (Australia) - - Contents -


When you meet Jodine Davis, it’s hard to be­lieve this strong, self-as­sured and bub­bly young woman, whose smile could light up a room, spent most of her life try­ing to blend into the back­ground.

“I would al­ways hide my­self away,” the Syd­ney mar­ket­ing man­ager says. “I even had a prob­lem with my pos­ture be­cause I was al­ways bend­ing down, hunch­ing over, try­ing not to be no­ticed.”

She was over­weight by age seven. “In pri­mary and high school I was the big­gest girl in my class.”

She was tall and seemed to be grow­ing much faster than other kids her age. “It made me feel awk­ward and self-con­scious. Grad­u­ally I stopped do­ing a lot of so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties. When I went camp­ing, for ex­am­ple, I couldn’t go horse rid­ing with my friends be­cause I was over the weight limit.

“Once I was in­vited to Hong Kong for a work event but it in­volved do­ing a team-build­ing climb­ing ex­er­cise. I knew no­body would be able to hold my weight and I was so stressed about it. I just kept think­ing, ‘How am I go­ing to get out of this?’”

Jodine en­thu­si­as­ti­cally tried ev­ery new diet she heard about – and also joined Weight Watch­ers – but she would only ever stick it out for a few weeks. “I wasn’t men­tally ready to make changes and the weight kept pil­ing on.”

Then, on her 30th birthday, some­thing clicked. Jodine was done with hid­ing.

“I had or­gan­ised a girls’ weekend away but still spent my birthday feel­ing mis­er­able. My friends were plan­ning a cruise later in the year. I re­ally wanted to go with them but the idea of be­ing the only over­weight per­son on this cruise made me cringe. I had just had enough. I de­cided I wasn’t go­ing to live like this any­more and I re-joined Weight Watch­ers that weekend. But this time, I knew I was ready to stick to it.”

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