Rachel Osinaike, aka Grateful Rachel, is the author of “Bounce Back: Turning trials into Triumphs”, a book that chronicles her life journey and the lessons she has learned along the way.
Rachel has gone through extremely difficult circumstances. At only eight years old, she discovered that the woman she called, “mum,” was actually, her grandmother. At 17, she finally reunited with the rest of her family, but her joy was short-lived as her father died seven months after this happy reunion.
Determined not to give up, she moved on with her life studied to become a teacher, got married and had two wonderful sons. After 19 years of working through a difficult marriage, it ended in a divorce, but she did not let that stop her from moving forward. She struggled with her weight for many years and made the decision to tackle it once and for all – going from a size 20 down to a size 12.
“I remember being a size 20 during the marital challenges. I used food as comfort to manage the pain and the disappointment I felt, not knowing I was just damaging my health. I didn’t love myself and who I had become then. My self-esteem was zero. This went on for few years until I finally woke up one day and decided I had to do something about my present situation as I despised what I looked like in the mirror. I made a decision right there to look out for myself instead of allowing my marital challenge break me completely. This is where my journey of self- love started. I started by taking a short walk to the park and increased the distance gradually every day, which finally turned into running for weight loss. I changed my diet and stop eating for comfort. After a few weeks I noticed the weight was dropping off gradually which encouraged me to carry on.” – Rachel Osinaike