One day, Louise Papprill couldn’t believe a comment her male friend made. They were in line at a bakery during lunch, when all of a sudden he made a rude joke.
“When my friend joked that I had more rolls than a baker, I was mortified; I even had a cake in hand as he said it,” Louise recalled to Caters TV. “At first, I had to think about what he was saying, but once I realized what he was implying, I felt so ashamed. It’s a moment that has stuck with me ever since.”
At 5’3, Louise weighed over 200 pounds. After the humiliating situation, Louise bought diet pills, though nothing changed because her lifestyle remained the same. Although she was always heavier growing up, college is when her habits really changed for the worse.
“During the colder months when I walked to my lectures, I wouldn’t wear a coat as I would become out of breathe and get really hot. Everyone else was wrapped up but I didn’t need to,” she said. “But eventually I broke down in front of my friends. I felt so ashamed of my body, and that’s when I started to make a change.”
Louise was able to radically alter her lifestyle. She began to eat healthier and started working out on a regular basis.
“I now go to the gym five times a week. It’s become a hobby of mine and I love weight training,” she said. “I want to encourage people to keep at it. Losing weight is a slow process, and there is no quick fix, because if there was, everyone would be slim.”
She never thought she would ever be very thin, but with her workout routine, Louise dropped down to 126 pounds.
“I can finally say I love my body and I am no longer ashamed when I look in the mirror,” she said.
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