Mother lost over 75 pounds after her young son drew a picture of her and wrote: "It's okay to be fat."

Mother lost over 75 pounds after her young son drew a picture of her and wrote: “It’s okay to be fat.”

Mother wanted to lose over 75 pounds after her young son drew a picture of her with a big belly and wrote: “It’s okay to be fat.”

Wendy Candlish, 40, from Canberra, Australia, decided to get better after her son’s teachers asked him to draw her, and he made a stick figure with a ‘huge belly’.

Wendy, who weighed 224 pounds at her worst, described the moment she saw the drawing hanging on the classroom wall as “a slap in the face” but said it was “the wake-up call she needed.”

“I didn’t have to ask which one was my son’s, I just knew. At that moment, I realized how could I teach my children to be the best versions of themselves and tell them that they can do everything they dream of if I did not do it myself? she told News.com.au.

Wendy Candlish, 40, decided to shed over 75 pounds after her young son drew a picture of her with a big belly and wrote: 'It's okay to be fat' (before) Wendy Candlish, 40, wanted to lose over 75 pounds after her young son drew a picture of her with a big belly and wrote: 'It's OK to be fat' (after)

Wendy Candlish, 40, decided to shed over 75 pounds after her young son drew a picture of her with a big belly and wrote, “It’s okay to be fat.”

Canberra, Australia mother said teachers asked her son to draw her and he made a figurine with a 'giant belly'.

Canberra, Australia mother said teachers asked her son to draw her and he made a figurine with a ‘giant belly’.

Wendy recalled having an “unhealthy relationship” with food as a child, which led to weight gain.

“As a child, I limited myself, eating as little or as little as possible, avoiding fats and carbohydrates,” she recalls.

“If I ever ate out, I would lose control and sink into days or weeks of overeating, and as I got older, that included drinking.

“I used certain foods as punishment, I ate for emotional comfort, and sometimes I used food as a reward.”

Wendy said her “all or nothing” made her ignore the “impact” of what she was doing on her body.

The mother-of-four added that during her pregnancy, she took “meal for two literally” and “gained” pounds.

Wendy, who weighed 224 pounds at her worst, described the moment as Wendy, who weighed 224 pounds at her worst, described the moment as

Wendy, who weighed 224 pounds at her worst, described the moment as “a slap in the face”. In the photo she is before (left) and after (right) weight loss.

But the mother-of-four said it was But the mother-of-four said it was

But the mother-of-four said it was “the wake-up call she needed” and has since inspired her to shed more than 75 pounds. In the photo she is before (left) and after (right) weight loss.

Now Wendy, who shares her weight loss journey online, is gearing up for the World Beauty Fitness & Fashion show in Sydney this spring.

Now Wendy, who shares her weight loss journey online, is gearing up for the World Beauty Fitness & Fashion show in Sydney this spring.

She recalled wondering, She recalled wondering,

She recalled wondering, “How could I teach my children to be the best versions of themselves if I didn’t do it myself?” Pictured before (left) and after (right)

However, the fact that people “couldn’t tell for sure” that she was pregnant with her fourth child, combined with the fact that she saw a drawing of her son, made her realize it was time to make a change.

In 2019, she hit the gym before hiring a personal trainer and quickly “began to notice changes” in her body.

Now Wendy, who often shares her weight loss experience online as @miss_wendy_fitness, walks between 10,000 and 12,000 steps a day and is gearing up for the World Beauty Fitness & Fashion show in Sydney this spring.

She also teamed up with sports nutritionist and three-time WBFF champion Alicia Govans, who helped her overcome “years of mental self-abasement and self-neglect”.

“I learned more about myself in those first few months [working with Alicia] than ever,” she said.

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Wendy said she had an “unhealthy relationship” with food as a child, which led to her weight gain. In the photo she is before (left) and after (right) weight loss.

She said she would She said she would

She said she would “restrict herself” to food and then “lose control” and “find days or weeks of overeating.” She is pictured in 2020 (left) and 2021 (right).

The mother-of-four explained that during her pregnancy, she took “meal for two literally” and “gained” pounds.  In the photo she is before losing weight The mother-of-four explained that during her pregnancy, she took “meal for two literally” and “gained” pounds.  In the photo she is after losing weight

The mother-of-four explained that during her pregnancy, she took “meal for two literally” and “gained” pounds. In the photo she is before (left) and after (right) weight loss.

In 2019, she hit the gym before hiring a personal trainer and quickly In 2019, she hit the gym before hiring a personal trainer and quickly

In 2019, she hit the gym before hiring a personal trainer and quickly “began to notice changes” in her body. In the photo she is before (left) and after (right) weight loss.

“I finally realized what barriers I faced, what lies I told myself and what really needs to change in order to become the best version of myself.

“We’ve been hard at work increasing my maintenance calories and removing the misconceptions I had about certain foods.”

Wendy noted that she lost weight not only in order to “improve her health”, but also in order to be “a role model for her children.”

“The woman who stands before you today is a woman who is proud of who she has become. She is proud of her body and her achievements,” she concluded.

“I’m excited to push the boundaries and celebrate my accomplishments on the WBFF stage.”

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