Rebel Wilson has been on a year of health since 2020 and lost more than 40 pounds to reach her goal weight.
Many women are opting to be mothers in their late 30s and 40s, but it is often hard to get pregnant around this age. Some women opt to go through fertility treatments and sometimes, have to opt for IVF or other methods. However, this is no easy journey. It can be emotionally harrowing and physically tiring with or without the desired result.
Australian actress Rebel Wilson, 41, recently revealed that she is struggling with getting pregnant. She opened her heart to the world about her pain by posting on Instagram.
"I got some bad news today and didn’t have anyone to share it with...but I guess I gotta tell someone. To all the women out there struggling with fertility, I feel ya. The universe works in mysterious ways and sometimes it all doesn’t make sense...but I hope there’s light about to shine through all the dark clouds. ***UPDATE*** just wanted to say I woke up this morning and read through everyone’s kind messages and stories about their journeys and I can’t tell you how much that meant to me and has made me feel a lot better today. Social media for the win here in terms of creating connection when I was in a very lonely place. So thank you everyone," she wrote.
She had been focussing on her health lately and had talked about her journey and transformation. She had dubbed 2020 as the "year of health" for herself and started on a diet and fitness journey. She had revealed she wanted to hit her goal weight of 165 pounds by the end of 2020. She had reached that number a month before she had planned, according to Good Housekeeping. She lost more than 40 pounds to reach her goal.
"For the last few years, I've been theme-ing my years. So, I had the 'Year of Fun,' last year was my 'Year of Love,' and this year it's going to be the 'Year of Health' because I turned 40 this year in March," Rebel told Drew Barrymore during an interview on the host's CBS talk show. "I never really focused on my health, which was probably obvious. I was going all around the world jet-setting everywhere, and eating a ton of sugar. That was kind of my vice," she said.
She also used Instagram Live to answer questions about her weight loss. "Am I glad that I did it? Yeah… the goal was never to be skinny," she said, according to Good Housekeeping. "It was never to fit into a certain dress size. I put in a goal weight there because I needed some tangible thing."
Her journey into health also revealed that it's not an easy one and sometimes, you need experts to hold your hand through it. She hired a nutritionist, who created a protein-heavy diet for her, and started working out.
"For me, the big thing was looking at my emotional eating and why I was doing it, and working on the mental side, which for me comes down to self-love really," she explained to E!. "It's so hard to teach someone about that...I don't think I've arrived at some final destination yet."
However, her journey towards health hasn't been free from challenges. In November 2020, she revealed she was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome, a hormonal disorder that can cause weight gain and make reproduction difficult for women, reports CNN.
"I started gaining weight when I was about 20," she told E! in an interview. "I had something called PCOS -- polycystic ovarian syndrome -- and I gained weight rapidly. It's just a hormone imbalance and you gain a lot of weight usually and that's how it manifested in me. Sometimes, I feel sad, but then at the same time, I worked my body to my advantage," she added. "I like being all sizes. It's just now turning 40, I am more health-conscious and thinking of starting a family."
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