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Jodine Davis is celebrating her new life
NOBODY – NOT MY SISTERS, MY MUM OR ANYONE – KNOWS I’VE LOST 43kg IN JUST OVER A YEAR!
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.”