Chapter 1: Hello!
Hello! I’m Roxie Bennett and in December 2018, at the age of 56 I caught a glimpse of my reflection in a shop window and what I saw shocked me.
I saw a fat old woman who was slowly limping along the street. How was this me? Where had I disappeared to and when had I been replaced by this sad figure I was looking at?
The previous five years had been the toughest of my life and that’s saying something considering I’d previously battled breast cancer and survived that and a couple of divorces as well! In 2013 my partner suffered a back injury that triggered a series of events that would see us lose everything we owned. We went from millionaires living in a mansion in the best suburb to finding ourselves struggling to find the money to pay the rent. My partner’s health continued to deteriorate seeing him as a regular in the hospital’s emergency department and finding himself virtually unable to get off the couch.
While all this was happening, I was keeping us afloat running my boutique PR and marketing agency, starting a life coaching practice and working part-time as a presenter at the local radio station, regularly working more than 60 hours a week. Suddenly I was solely responsible for our future. Everything else had to take precedence over my own health and wellbeing.