When you’ve been on a massive diet, reached your goal weight, and then put some of it back on, you normally feel pretty low. But not Ioana Chira.
She says that she’s more Confident now as a size 14 than she was at her thinnest. Initially weighing over 18st, she embarked on an ‘extreme diet’ which saw her shedding five stone and getting down to a size 10. But, Ioana says, being slim didn’t make her happy and she’s since put back some of the weight to get up to 16st – and says she’s much happier being that weight.
Originally from Romania, Ioana started gaining weight after it became obvious that she wasn’t going to realise her dream of joining a police academy. So, she cut her calories and lost weight.
But she says that her diet was so strict that she’d avoid eating out for fear of putting the weight back on and that as a size 10, would avoid looking in the mirror. Now, two dress sizes bigger, her Body is ‘exactly the way (she) wanted,’ she says. ‘I am never insisting on numbers because my journey is a bit different. The difference between then and now is not massive in terms of pounds, however, my body looks totally different.
‘The hardest thing in this journey is to accept your body and the changes that happen. Getting a functional partnership between your brain and body is a continuous fight.
‘When I was at my lowest weight, everyone would say how good I looked, however, I didn’t feel that way. I would feel down most of the time and wouldn’t even want to look in the mirror and see all the cellulite, stretch marks and saggy boobs.
‘I always believed that being slim would make me happy, however, when I got there it was not the case. I’ve realised that happiness is something beyond size and as long as I keep my body healthy and strong – I’m a winner.’ In Romania, she says that ‘everyone over 9st is considered fat’ – and that attitude (understandably) affected her confidence.
So she’s now sharing her journey on Instagram to motivate other women to embrace their curves. ‘There are millions of girls like me and I want to show them they can build their own life and happiness,’ she says.
‘They’ve been bullied and shamed for so long that they’ve accepted the status of “fat and ugly”, actually believing there is something wrong with them. ‘Plus size women should be promoted more. A big help would be to stop re-touching magazine pictures and show the reality instead of an airbrushed image.’ These days, she trains five times a week, follows a high protein diet and does regular Zumba.
‘Besides the physical change, I am extremely proud of the mental change. I’ve proved to myself that I can do it. I’ve proved that all you need is willpower, ambition and consistency. ‘I feel extremely confident now; I love my body and I know that I can achieve my goals and dreams if I work for it.’
Source: Metro Online
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