Growing up in a big Greek family, food was more than just nourishment—it was the glue that held us together. But within this loving environment, there were expectations: settling down, marrying, and having children, which were my desires also. My well-intentioned relatives would often point out that I was fat and that I needed to lose weight because the clock was ticking!
Over the years, my weight increased until one day I saw my reflection and no longer recognised the person staring back at me. I was riddled with self-doubt and dwindling self-esteem and found myself sinking deeper into a lonely place where food was my only source of comfort. Approaching 40, the harsh reality set in that I had never been in an intimate relationship and conceiving children might not be part of my future.
Embarking on The 1:1 Diet has been the most profound decision of my life. The weekly meetings with my Consultant Marianne were a lifeline, offering unwavering support and guidance that truly transformed my journey. I was able to let go of the shame that had burdened me for so long. Now, armed with newfound confidence and self-esteem, I possess qualities that I used to admire in others, but are now found in me!
My proudest achievement lies in my sense of accomplishment. This personal journey revealed that anything is possible. I’ve unearthed my true self, shedding vulnerability along the way. Whilst I may not have found a life partner, I have discovered an independent, confident, and loving woman within and I now recognise that this is, and has always been, the ultimate goal.
Now, armed with a deep love for life, I am determined to seize every moment to the fullest. Whatever the future holds, I am prepared to embrace it wholeheartedly.