Success can be the sweetest revenge.
34-year-old Betsy Ayala turned her life around after catching her husband having an affair and calling her “fat f**k” and “cow” in illicit messages. At the time, Ayala had just given birth to her daughter, Isabella. In an interview with DailyMailUK, she says “I didn’t know what to do with myself at the time. I was still over 2000lbs with a 6-month-old and everything that I had worked for had just vanished.”
When Ayala gave birth to her daughter in 2013, she weighed 262lbs. “After I had my daughter I was the heaviest I had ever been.”
After the pregnancy, Betsy turned to Herbalife shakes and lost 60 pounds. But it wasn’t until she uncovered her husband’s indiscretions with his coworker that the life she’d built for herself really came crashing down.
“I had been with him since I was 17 and pretty much devoted my life to our relationship and him.”
She found the incriminating messages between her husband and his co-worker two days after Christmas, in which they called her names like “cow” and “fat f**k”. Betsy’s world was flipped upside down. Not only had she been betrayed, she was humiliated.
She filed for divorce and decided to make a substantial change in her life, not for her husband’s approval, but for herself.
“I would cry after every workout and it was then that I decided that this wouldn’t not define me and I was going to change for me and for my daughter.”
She kicked off this new period in her life with 3 days of Zumba a week, then shifted into running and weight lifting at the gym six times a week with a high protein diet.
“I had pretty much had weight issues my whole life,” Betsy told The Daily Mail. “I have anxiety and instead of dealing with the real source of my anxiety I would eat and then that would become the source of my anxiety and I would eat some more and it was just a vicious cycle.’
“Now I honestly feel that what he did was a blessing because otherwise, I would have been the way I was forever.”
Betsy currently weights 159 pounds and loves the skin she’s in. She acknowledges the circumstances that got her to where she is today, but she says she didn’t change her life for revenge or any malicious intent. The baby daddy drama was just the motivation she needed to really push herself to be happier.
“I guess sometimes you have to hit rock bottom to dust off and fight for you.”
The happy mother and daughter duo are currently living their best lives in Houston, TX, and Betsy says she’s forgiven her ex-husband for his indiscretions. He’s still involved in both of their lives as a friend and a father and is really supportive and proud of her progress. “I love life I believe in family, forgiveness, compassion and love. That’s what I’m about.”
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