In 2013, Betsy Ayala from Houston, Texas weighed her heaviest at 119 kilograms. But the marketing manager and mum-of-one was trying to get in shape when she discovered her husband was having an affair with a colleague. Not only that, the pair were swapping cruel taunts about Betsy’s weight.
“I started in September and was doing okay until two days after Christmas, when I found out my husband was cheating on me with a co-worker,” Betsy told 9Honey.
“I had been with him since I was 17 and pretty much devoted my life to our relationship and him.”
“I was devastated. I found out through some messages I read on his Facebook where they were calling me a cow and fat and just trashing me and my whole world fell apart,” she added.
“He would always tell me I looked fine or would try to get me to eat junk all the time, which is why I was so devastated when I read those messages because it was almost like he enabled me or wanted me to stay that way.”
This was the catalyst Betsy needed for a fresh start.
In the past four years she has lost 49 kilograms, first thanks to dance and Zumba classes before incorporating running and weightlifting six-times-a-week.
The 34-year-old says she sticks to a high protein diet and is now a Herbalife wellness coach with over 70,000 Instagram followers and a number of TV appearances under her belt.
“Now I honestly feel that what he did was a blessing because otherwise I would have been the way I was forever,” she told 9Honey.
“I’m a completely different person both on the inside and outside because of my outlook on everything. I was always very negative and had a chip on my shoulder because I was unhappy with me. I’m happier, I’m confident and most of all I’m positive."