I think it’s just fabulous and inspiring to see Magda Szubanski back out there publicly sharing that she’s giving her weight loss another go. To say that it can’t have been an easy decision to go public with this is an understatement because this is not a celebrity that wants to be a flapping herself around in the media for pointless reasons.
Nor is she a celebrity that would be doing this second stint with Jenny Craig because she’s desperate for cash. This is a woman that needs neither but does need to address an issue that very humanly, is still a work in progress.
And that right there is what makes her someone that is a proper role model because she’s real. The real world is not made up of people like Michelle Bridges or the Commando star jumping on every corner. It’s made up of Magda’s and the rest of us that battle our stuff.
Trying to heal an addiction and unhealthy life choices isn’t something that can be fixed by just saying it out loud. For Magda, you can bet there have been hours and hours, months and months of her being very alone with her thoughts and fears about where her weight is going and where it’s at. No Jenny Craig or anyone else waving pom poms and doing leg kicks to encourage her in the dark moments.
And I’m sorry, but no disrespect to these regimented health freaks and fitness junkies you see at the gym or on TV, but I do not think “Oh wow, aren’t you just sensational? Why can’t I be more like you?” I don’t because I don’t relate to them for a second. They’re not from my world. I relate to people that struggle. The people that have the guts to get back up and acknowledge it’s time for another go at giving themselves a better quality of life. No matter how much they feel everyone’s rolling their eyes.
The thing is, a confident person hardly needs a medal or acclaim for being able to bounce around spruiking how to live a balanced life, eat yoghurt and get to Pilates 4 times a week. Just like I don’t need any high-fives from anyone for my ability to know how to talk. I’m not sitting around waiting for someone to congratulate me for coming out my shell because I’ve never been in one.
So when a person like Magda, who has been so ridiculously successful in her career, is greatly loved by people all over Australia, and all sorts of other things many of us could only dream of, has had to live with a weight issue that so far she hasn’t worked out, is enough to cancel any sort of confidence acquired by the other great bits of her life.
Getting motivation to do something extremely hard for you personally is extraordinarily difficult when you’re not feeling good about yourself. You’re tired before you even start.
What Magda is doing right now by admitting again that her first weight loss attempt didn’t stick, after living her day to day life being recognised everywhere she goes, quite probably being conscious of people looking at her thinking what she already knows, is courageous and extremely cool. When I light up a cigarette on a Friday night and pour myself a glass of wine, no one knows or cares that I promised myself to give up the fags this year but haven’t quite managed to quit full stop.
The second and subsequent attempts to quit something, is understandably going to be even tougher than the first time you tried. That sense of excitement and hope previously there is the adrenaline that helps get you moving but might not show up the next time.
Magda is a champion and a fighter and it’s exactly this sort of spirit that I feel, gives the rest of us the reason to have another go at whatever we’re battling to quit. I wish her well for the next round of learning she gets about what her stuff is.