In September last year, I got all dolled up to go for my friend’s wedding. As is the norm, I wore a beautiful khanga outfit and left the house getting to Karbarnet Road just in time – for the reception at least. I spotted my pals right away. The largest, loudest group of girls that I love with all my heart. I smiled and walked toward the table, sure that someone had spared me a seat. The lively chatter continued but none of my girlfriends looked in my direction….. As I sat down, one of my friends told me my life must have been wonderful since I was eating it with a large spoon.
Then it hit me. No one recognized me because I had grown into a tiny island. By all intends and purposes, I had and still have friends who are bigger than me, but not being recognized by my own friends was the last straw.
I looked for my True Love edition that had featured Madeline Kariuki – a lady who had lost 50 plus kilos in one year and I made an appointment to see her. I must have been her biggest critic because I made her swear to a money back guarantee if my weight loss did not work. I paid the full installment there and then and never looked back. In the first month, I was starving, I called Madeline almost daily to insult her….the only thing I never did is give up. I had to prove this worked – or didn’t so that I could get my money back. In the second month, I saw magic. My clothes got a little looser, especially around the waist. I was no longer hungry even though my food could not feed my cat – and in some cases she too realized it was too little. In the next 2-3 months, I shed 10 kilos then 12 then finally 15.
That was my target. 63kg – ok honestly I have always wanted to say 59kg but 63 sounded okay to me. I looked and still look fabulous. I can finally tuck in my shirt into pants and look presentable. Men and women turned their heads, my uncles offered me financial support claiming I was dying, my aunts wanted my secret and my friends finally recognized me again. My partner loves me just as I am – and I think a bit more now.
I have maintained my weight for the last 4 months. I still eat relatively healthy and I have a cheat day – a girl has to have some ice cream and chocolate. I exercise by walking, and drink plenty of water and carrot juice. Madeline is my friend, my very good friend. She has walked me, encouraged me and is always only a phone call – my own personal therapist, nutritionist and punching bag.