‘I WAS FAT-SHAMED IN BALI’

Belinda Brodie, 31, Perth, WA

Woman’s Day (Australia) - - Real Life -

Beads of warm sweat eat dripped down Belinda Brodie’s face as she slugged her 130kg frame through the bustling Bali cloth­ing mar­kets.

And that was just the start of what be­came a heart­break­ing re­al­ity check when her hol­i­day was ru­ined by a rude beach mar­ket ven­dor.

“They said I was too fat to fit into any­thing that was for sale,” the 31-year-old re­calls. “I was mor­ti­fied. I could hear the mar­ket sell­ers laugh­ing as I walked away.”

The cruel com­ments jolted Belinda into ac­tion – she never wanted to carry ex­cess bag­gage again and her shame be­came suc­cess when she lost 56kg.

The mum to­tally over­hauled her carb-heavy diet of bread, pas­tries and pasta for a cleaneat­ing reg­i­men, fo­cus­ing on lean pro­teins and fresh fruit and veg­eta­bles. She also be­gan jog­ging ev­ery morn­ing and do­ing fit­ness classes.

Belinda, whose weight has al­ways yo-yoed, stacked on the ki­los af­ter giv­ing birth to her son Oliver in 2011 when she suf­fered from postnatal de­pres­sion and turned to baked goods like brown­ies and muffins for com­fort.

But with de­ter­mi­na­tion and per­sis­tence Belinda lost 30kg in a year. “I felt in­cred­i­ble, and the weight t kept com­ing off,” she says. s.

Now the in­spi­ra­tional mum-of-one says she no longer feels “too fat to travel” and she’s hav­ing the time of her life, jet­set­ting once more, hav­ing lost 74kg.

“I’m liv­ing my life, not just ex­ist­ing,” she says. “I can’t wait to do more trav­el­ling. The whole world ld has opened up to me now.” w.”

NOW Belindai loves to travel more than ever now she’s a healthy size 12. THEN The hu­mil­i­a­tion ii i that came with be­ing shamed for her size still makes her shud­der.

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