Shelly Horton wears a lot of hats: she’s a columnist for Honey, a presenter for Channel Nine, host of Honey’s first-ever chat show Talking Married (plus the behind-the-scenes Married At First Sight podcast) … and now, a kick-ass body positivity advocate.
Currently on holidays in the Cook Islands, Horton shared a photo of herself on the beach. Tropical trees, cossie, kaftan: so far, so gorgeous. But the message she shared with it made it more than just your regular swimsuit selfie.
Horton, who has struggled with her weight in the past (due to insulin resistance and poly-cystic ovary syndrome), underwent gastric band surgery in 2013. But frustratingly, it didn’t work.
Last year, age 44, Horton was put onto something called the Super Fast Diet by her psychologist, who advised on the intermittent fasting-based program.
Of course, everyone’s body (not to mention mind) is different, and the program may not be for everyone. But it worked for Horton, who lost 15cm off her waist, and whose blood sugars are now back in the ‘normal zone’.
“I lost 13kgs thanks to @superfastdiet and it helped me feel happy that I was in control of my weight rather than it was controlling me,” she continued in her Instagram post.
She noted that being in control of her body stood her in good stead during a challenging and important career year – even when she wasn’t able to perfectly stick to the SFD program. And now, she’s on the way to her goal weight.
“For the first time I do not feel panicked about the scales,” she wrote. “It’s a good feeling. So expect a few swimsuit shots because you can not weigh happiness!”
Fans and followers flooded Horton’s post with encouragement and support.
“Totally agree! And you’re looking amazing,” one commented.
“Absolutely beautiful!” wrote another. “Confidence and happiness out of the scales any day.”
And one man was inspired by Horton to share his own story.
After losing 20kg in five months, he is halfway to his goal weight – but due to the general hustle of life and work, has put his journey on hold this year. Still, he said, he’s now proud to wear his team jumper that this time last year, didn’t fit.
“In random places I often get called big fella or something by total strangers but they know nothing about me and how hard I’m training. I never want to be healthy or healthier than I am great,” he wrote.
“You enjoy the swimsuits! Go you! You are really inspirational! Keep it up and all the best! You really look awesome!”