This Shocking Video Saved Me From A Lifetime Of Being Fat

A Normal Morning: Until…

One day, two years ago, Facebook almost killed me.
I was getting the kids ready for school – my husband starts work at 6am so he was already gone, and it was my job every morning to corral three energetic kids and drop them off on my way to my own job. Actually, two energetic kids and one sleepwalking tween who mostly communicated in eyerolls.

I was eating a microwave breakfast burrito, like I did every morning – who has the time for anything else? – when my phone dinged at me with a Facebook notification. It said:

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Randi, we care about you and the memories you share here. We thought you’d like to look back on this post from 10 years ago.

Underneath was a photo of me. In the picture, I was on vacation in Hawaii with my husband – we used to take a lot of trips, and I was done up for a fancy dinner after a day of working on my tan down at the beach. My hair was perfectly curled, my eyebrows were on-point, and I was wearing a dress that I hadn’t tried on in seven years.

That’s when it happened: my youngest came up to me, looked over my shoulder, and said, “Who’s that pretty lady with daddy?”

The Words Of A Child…

My heart sank. I looked up at her, about to explain to her that it was me, me posing with daddy in the picture, I was that pretty lady – and then I saw my face in the mirror, just behind my daughter. The curves at my neck that I’d been trying to ignore. The shape of my face, so different than I remembered. And, worst of all, a dribble of burrito filling making its way from the corner of my mouth down towards a jowl.

I had jowls.

I was the pretty lady with daddy, once… but I wasn’t any more. Now I was just… somebody’s fat mom.

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I barely remember the rest of the morning. I got the kids to school, I know, but the next thing I remember was sitting in the car, in the garage, sobbing behind the wheel with the engine still running and bad pop music on the radio. I felt like… I wasn’t a person any more. Like who I was was gone and I was never going to get her back.

This is hard to talk about, but…I remember thinking that my husband kept a gun, in a case in the closet upstairs. I was trying to remember the combination. This is silly, now, I know that, but in that moment I’d felt like I had no options.

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My Guardian Angel

Just then, my phone rang. It was my sister.

“Hello?” I said, and I tried to sound normal – and really failed.

“Randi, what’s wrong?” she asked immediately, forgetting about whatever had prompted the call to begin with.

“I…I…” I tried to begin, and then it all just came out in a flood. How I looked like a whale full of cheese, how I felt out of breath and tired all the time, how my knees and ankles hurt and how I hadn’t felt attractive in years.

When I was done, sniffling and wiping tears away, my sister was quiet for a second, and then she said… “You’re ready.”

“Ready?” I was beyond confused. “Ready for what?”

“For the video that’s going to change your life,” she said.

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This Changes Everything

About an hour later, she was in my living room, typing something into her laptop.

“Haven’t you ever wondered,” she said, “How I stay so skinny? I have just as many kids as you do, and I’m just as busy as you are.”

I shrugged. “I always figured that you did Crossfit or something,” I said, “Or that maybe you just didn’t eat.”

“Oh, I eat,” she laughed. “I might eat more than you do. Starving yourself is a great way to gain weight, because your body freaks out. And I’ve never set foot inside of a Crossfit gym. You’d know, because those guys never talk about anything else.”

I laughed for the first time that day. “That’s definitely true.”

“No, the trick is a lot simpler than that,” she said to me. “A while ago, I was starting to pack on some weight too. I was getting older, my metabolism was slowing down, all the usual. Then a friend of mine showed me a video. It’s not even a long video. But it taught me a trick that blew my mind and changed my life.”

“How come you never told me about this video?”

“I didn’t want to hurt your feelings,” she said. “If you wanted to talk about your weight gain I was ready to be here for you, but if you weren’t ready then I was going to keep my opinions to myself. Until today.”

She turned the laptop around, and hit play. At first, I thought the video was just like all the other weight-loss gimmicks I’d heard about in the past. But the woman in the video kept talking, and as she did, my eyes got wider and wider. She had the science to back up what she was saying. And moreover, she wasn’t some polished celebrity or liar in a lab coat. She was a normal person, just like me, and the longer she talked the more I felt convinced.

“What if…” I said, “What if it doesn’t work?”

“It does work,” my sister said, “But if it doesn’t work, you’re no worse off. After all, what have you got to lose?”

She was right.


Unrecognizable Again

The other day, I had to sign on to a Zoom call with a client. My office went remote a while back, and I haven’t been in the office in over 18 months.

The client’s face popped up on my screen, and he frowned with confusion.

“I’m sorry,” he said, “I was trying to hop on a meeting with Randi? She’s been handling my account for years.”

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“Steve,” I said, “It’s me. It’s Randi.”

I got to watch his eyes widen, his mouth drop open in shock.

“Randi…” he said, “You look fantastic.”

“I know, Steve,” I said, “I feel fantastic.”

For the second time in two years, someone I know didn’t recognize me. And once again, the person I used to be felt like a stranger to me. But this time, it was in the best way. Thanks to the video my sister showed me, I’d lost 56 pounds of fat. I was fitting into my old clothes again. 

I found my old dress, the one from the Facebook photo, and it fits again. My husband and I? Now that travel is opening back up, we’re talking about Hawaii.