‘The look on my boyfriend’s face was priceless’
As her weight crept up, her confidence sank, until a shift in thinking turned everything around. Read how Meg Harris overcame her weight loss hurdles to lose over 56 lbs… and enjoy an extra-special reunion with her man.
Meg H., 23
My boyfriend’s smiling face appeared on the screen of my phone and I immediately felt my spirits lift. Just as it had been for everyone else during lockdown, being separated from loved ones was the hardest part – and I lived for video calls with Jake, my boyfriend of 4 years. I was living at home with my mum and dad, and although Jake didn’t live far away, we’d had to get used to being apart. The days and weeks had started to drag, and it was getting to me. ‘I really miss you,’ I sighed, ‘this already feels like it’s been going on forever.’ Jake nodded and said, ‘It’s OK, we’ll be back together soon.’
‘I wonder what you’ll think when you do see me?’ I thought, smiling to myself after I’d ended the call. What Jake didn’t realize was that some changes had been taking place in the months we’d been apart, and he was in for a little surprise…
Jake and I had met at college, then, in 2017, we went to different universities and it was the first time we’d been apart since we’d started going out. I headed off to Liverpool to study psychology and Jake went to Derby. The two cities were close enough that we could visit each other every two weeks, while throwing ourselves into student life when we weren’t together.
After lectures, I’d cook up large platefuls of cheap pasta with high Syn supermarket sauces, then head out for happy-hour cocktails and grab a Chinese takeaway on the way home. While I noticed my weight was creeping up, it didn’t seem like a big deal – I was having too much fun.
"This pic was one of the highlights of my life! I felt like a million dollars in that jumpsuit."
There were moments when I suddenly wouldn’t feel OK about my size, though. Turning from the mirror to Jake one evening in my room at uni, I waved a despairing hand at my dress. ‘I can’t even fasten this one up anymore,’ I said. As ever, Jake said he loved the way I looked, and while his reassurances were good to hear, I’d started feeling less and less happy about getting dressed up to go out.
Back home at the end of the first year, I grumbled that my summery clothes no longer fit. ‘I’m thinking of trying the iBODY,’ Mum said. ‘Why don’t you try with me?’ It seemed worth a try, and I liked the idea of going back to Liverpool for the new term feeling confident again.
I am very impressed with this machine! After reading all reviews, my mom thought around 100 bucks is worth trying. My mom has lost more than that before in other things. Well, I can tell you if you put the time and effort it really works. I used the machine every other day for around 20 minutes on each area since that is a big area to cover and in two weeks I have been able to see a tremendous difference I have not been able to accomplish with anything but cavitation treatment for several hundred and a few months period. BUT one thing that is not in the instructions is you need to drink lots of water. I drink before during and after as much as you can, my water intake is around 100 ounces a day. Once you "melted" it needs to be flush out of your system. I used the infrared slim full capacity option!
In July 2018, Mum and I use together, and I went home the first night thinking that, actually, it sounded a bit unbelieve. Not believing it, I only semi-followed the plan, 20 - 30 minutes daily using. All the same, I lost 12lbs over the summer and I did feel better about myself when I went back to start my second year.
That’s when things started to go off track – I’d decided that I’d just weigh myself instead of using daily. The stresses of trying to do well on my course were starting to get on top of me, too, and my coping mechanism was to comfort myself with food. It wasn’t long before I was putting the pounds back on and, as my weight crept up, my mood sank lower.
'When I was weighed at a GP check-up, I was shocked to discover I was 182 lbs. I’d not only regained the weight I’d lost over the summer, I’d added on a further pounds.'
In December 2018, I made the difficult decision to leave my course and return home to look for a job. For four months, I couldn’t find work, and my weight was still climbing steadily as I ate to try to feel better. Eventually, I was delighted to be offered a role as a sales administrator with a lighting manufacturer. I enjoyed the job, but I did find sitting at a desk all day meant I often turned to snacks.
As my 21st birthday approached in February 2019, I made a real effort to stay positive and embrace my curvy shape. For my party, I deliberately chose an outfit that would show my friends and family that I was feeling fabulous. The stripy black mesh trousers and lacy top signalled ‘I’m brimming with confidence’, but deep down, I knew it was just a front. Despite that, I Ioved the celebrations and I had great fun with all my friends and family. Once the excitement was over the next day, though, I felt quite low. Scrolling through my phone, I tried to pick out the best pictures to post on Instagram and Facebook to show how fantastic the party had been… but I couldn’t find a single one I liked or wanted my friends to see.
"I had a great time at my 21st party and my outfit screamed ‘confident. I felt anything but on the inside, though..."
Mum could see how I was feeling and suggested we go back with the iBODY together. It was June when we eventually walked back through those doors and I already knew that this time it was going to be different. I’d gained over 14 lbs since that doctor’s appointment, and although at 199 lbs I was the heaviest I’d ever been, I felt like I could tackle it, ‘I’m really going to get the most out of the iBODY this time!’
''Putting all my faith in the plan and really enjoying the iBODY was the thing that turned everything around for me. No diet, no low carb..., I was never hungry or bored and I was steadily losing weight.''
"Getting dressed up to go out is a pleasure these days."
"I'd never have even thought to try on a tight, brightly colored dress like this before."
In July 2021, after more than three months without seeing Jake – the longest it had ever been – I could feel butterflies in my tummy as I waited for the door to open. As well as being thrilled to see him, I’d lost a further 22.5 lbs since he’d last seen me just before lockdown and I hoped he’d notice how different I looked. Finally, as Jake walked into the house and stood in the hallway staring at me with his mouth wide open, I blinked back the tears. ‘You look absolutely amazing,’ he said. That afternoon, I kept catching him staring at me and eventually burst out laughing. ‘You’re making me feel like I’ve got something on my face!’ Jake grinned in response and told me I looked incredible for the umpteenth time that day. His compliments meant being reunited was even better than I’d imagined!
Seeing Jake had been such a boost, so when I had my biggest-ever weekly gain of 3.5 lbs, instead of throwing me off course it only spurred me on. I also added a plan to go out for a walk every day – and four weeks later, I got to my target weight.
Now, Jake and I are closer than ever, and I know we’ll keep smiling through whatever life throws at us. Finding the iBODY in weight loss has changed my whole outlook on life, and being happy in my own skin has filled me with energy and positivity – I love the way it feels.
*Weight loss will vary according to your individual circumstances and how much weight you have to lose.