You’ll know her as one of the 19 contestants competing for Matty J’s heart on this season ofThe Bachelor, where she made a memorable entrance when she and Matty gazed into each other’s eyes silently for a minute.
But before even stepping out of the limo, love coach Belinda Rygier had already achieved one of her life goals.
The 34-year-old lost 22kg in just eight months – but has revealed on Instagram that she spent years struggling with her weight.
“For the past 16 years I have been determined to get fit and healthy. I tried everything! Eating right, training everyday. Nothing worked,” Rygier wrote.
“I finally found out my liver wasn’t functioning properly and when I fixed it I lost 22kg.”
The love coach also worked with a personal trainer and naturopath to find out what would work for her.
Not only does Rygier give love advice to couples, but she also promotes self-love and body confidence.
“When I look in the mirror now I see the same person I always was, just different. I felt beautiful then. I feel beautiful now… I’m just 20kg lighter. Love yourself no matter what size or shape. We are all unique for a reason,” she said.
This article originally appeared on Women’s Health.