Betsy Ayala, 34, gave birth to a baby girl named Bella in 2013. Mere months later, Ayala discovered texts that not only revealed her husband was cheating on her, but that he and his mistress had been mocking her for her weight.
The Texas woman, who weighed 264 lbs. at the time, says she was trying to get into shape when she discovered the cruel messages.
“I found out my husband was cheating on me with a co-worker,” Ayala told the outlet Honey. “I had been with him since I was 17 and pretty much devoted my life to our relationship and him.”
“I was devastated,” she added. “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.” The new mother was heartbroken.
“I didn’t know what to do with myself at the time. I was still over 100 kgs (220 lbs.) with a six-month-old and everything that I had worked for had just vanished,” she said.
#TBT … This pic was November 2013 … I was already about 20 lbs into my journey and was so excited because I could fit into my pre pregnancy size 22 jeans. I think the largest I ever wore that wasn’t maternity was 24 ???? … I show Isabella some of the old pics of me and she says she doesn’t know who that is lol ????- I never could have imagined what was going to happen in the next couple of months much less years but if there’s one thing I know for sure is that life is amazing and when you’re going through a difficult time through gods grace and your faith anything is possible … ????????????❤️ #godissogood ———————————————— #blessed #changeyourlife #ownit #lightthematch #alwaysinpursuit #queenb #iamherbalife #iamofthislife #100lbs #fueledbyherbalife #watchme #orjoinme #livethelifeyoulove #lovethelifeyoulive #wellnesscoach #healthcoach #herbalife24 #fitness #fitchick #powerupfit #bestlifeever #dreams #fitspo #noexcuses #motivation #weightloss #weightlosstransformation #joinmyteam
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Remarkably, Ayala was able to channel the feelings of betrayal into determination and drive. She started small, cutting out sugary snacks and began working out with her sister and doing Zumba, expelling pent up anger in her gym sessions.
Fast forward to 2017, Ayala has lost more than 100 lbs. and is now an Herbalife wellness coach for others trying to lose weight. Today the single mom says she’s thankful for the whole heartbreaking experience.
“Now I honestly feel that what he did was a blessing because otherwise I would have been the way I was forever.”
“I prayed all the time for my life to change and my prayers were answered just maybe not in the way I envisioned but I got a second shot at a fresh start and I’m grateful for that,” she said.
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While Ayala’s cheating ex-husband may have given her body transformation the original jolt it needed, the mom eventually changed her attitude about getting into shape.
“I would cry after every workout and it was then that I decided that this would not define me and I was going to change for me and for my daughter. I wanted her to be proud of her mom and I wanted to be an example for her,” she said.
Ayala hopes to transfer her love of working out to her children, something she herself didn’t have as a child.
“I was always the chubby kid,” she said.
#TransformationTuesday ???????????? … Why can’t I eat whatever I want like that girl and be thin? It’s ok my day was so stressful I’ll “treat” myself and start again on Monday! I don’t need a shake or help I can do this “naturally” and by myself. I’ll start as soon as I get the gym membership. I’ll start as soon as I buy that fancy treadmill. It’s my birthday month l’ll start next month. It’s the holidays I’ll start January. ???? All things I would tell myself over and over and over for like 20+ years. Until in all honesty my life fell apart and this amazing company found me exactly when I needed it the most. The question I get asked the most … YES I lost all 102 lbs on Herbalife and if it works? Well I think results speak for themselves. When I came to terms with my reality I gained the power to change it the moment what I wanted was bigger than my excuses. ???????????????? ———————————————— #Consumers who use Herbalife Formula 1 twice per day as part of a healthy lifestyle can generally expect to lose around 0.5 to 1 pound per week. Participants in a 12-week, single-blind, study used Formula 1 twice per day (once as a meal and once as a snack) with a reduced calorie diet and a goal of 30 minutes of exercise per day. Participants followed either a high protein diet or a standard protein diet. Participants in both groups lost about 8.5 pounds.
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“I never played sports or wanted to take in physical activity because I was overweight. I did get bullied in school and got picked on. I think for me eating was like self-medication.”
Ayala’s story and journey has garnered a lot of attention. She now has more than 81,000 followers on Instagram and is doing the rounds on U.S. television — she was recently interviewed by talk show host Steve Harvey.
You know what they say, success is the sweetest revenge.
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