Actress / TV Host, First-time Mom
Lost more than 40 lbs.
“More than the inch-loss and weight-loss, I regained my self-esteem. And I think that’s the most important.”
After giving birth in November 2016, 32 year-old Mariel Rodriguez-Padilla suffered from a grueling post-partum depression as she struggled to provide adequate supply of breast milk for her unica hija, Maria Isabella. Her weight hit a whopping 177 lbs. at her heaviest. For Mariel, it was the kind of sacrifice any mom would make for her child, even at the expense of her own body.
“I’ve been taking care of myself for 32 years. What is one year giving what my daughter needs? She’s not going to need me to breastfeed her forever but she needs me now. So, Isabella first, mommy has time later,” said Mariel.
All those sleepless nights and sacrifice paid off as Isabella grows into a lovely, bubbly little girl. Though Mariel is proud to be able to nourish her baby, she admits that she lost herself in the process.
“I woke up one day and I was like, ‘How did I get this big?’ I didn’t wanna go out, I couldn’t show myself to people. I turned down so many job offers and I can’t even take a picture with my baby.”
That’s why when Marie France came, Mariel knew she found the perfect slimming partner that could help her bring back her old self. For her, it was a dream come true. Now more than 40 lbs. lighter, Mariel has restored her confidence as she enjoys capturing beautiful memories with her daughter.
“My Marie France journey is really very close to my heart because it came in a time when I was feeling insecure, I had very low self-esteem. I wouldn’t have done this with just myself. I really needed that extra help. The ‘Mariel’ that I lost, slowly, I’m getting her back,” she said.
As a first-time mom, Mariel believes that even though moms should do everything for their family, it is also important for them to feel good about themselves.
“You have to invest in yourself a little bit. You just need to give it time, you have to want it enough because it’s not gonna happen overnight. But I know it can happen.”
To date, Mariel’s weight-loss program includes FMS Elite, Thermo Magnetic Pulse, Endermologie+ and Vara Pulse.