My name is Bernadette Fisers (pronounced Fisher - it's Latvian). I am an Australian Mum and a hair and makeup artist. I grew up about an hour outside of Melbourne in a country town called Dandenong, which at the time was a fairly tough neighborhood. It wasn't unusual for kids to take knives and nun-chuckers to school for use in fights on the school oval. Plus of course, the absolute requirement of smoking in the toilets. I'm one of 7 children, second youngest of 4 girls and 3 boys in fact.
I've always been determined, that determination leading me to start work at a very early age. My first job at 12 was setting my elderly next door neighbors purple hair, it never looked better and I was beside myself with the $5 I earned. I got a 'real' job at the age of 14 working part time for a Hair Salon sweeping up, skating there and back on my home made skateboard, which was built from roller skate wheels topped off with a piece of shaped, scrap wood. By that time I was earning $15 a week and thought I was rich. I quickly bought all of the junk food that we could never afford at home and began stuffing myself, mostly not sharing with my siblings. I was tired of sharing everything, including my undie drawer. It's no wonder I've had a lifelong obsession with nice underwear and food.
My career as a makeup artist was flying, I travelled all around the world working on many famous faces. However I was not so successful with my body. My weight and related health problems really came to a head after I had my daughter. It just got completely out of control at close to 130kg (287lbs) with pre-diabetes, hypertension and a fatty liver. My doctor was freaking out. I had to do something. Thanks to a New Years Day bet with friends as to who could lose the most weight the fastest. I finally found an end to all of my agonizing and self loathing that I had been putting myself through.
Once I had dropped the weight quickly all the Mums at the school pick up would ask me what I had done. I would write on sticky notes, homework and any other paper available the guideline to my rules. Eventually I decided to write a book, something that anyone could afford, the cutest damn little book that would have helped me when I was out of control and didn't know where to turn. This is the last 'diet book' I will ever need and hopefully it will be the same for many other people all around the world as my little book has been translated into many languages. This is mostly due to my awesome literary agency The Blair Partnership in London, who have also been working hard to spread the message.
After putting out my first book, I realized how closely happiness and weight loss are tied for me. I felt so incredibly happy because I had taken back control of my life. It made me reflect on how similar we all are in what makes us feel good. I decided to write another book, because I believe that health and happiness go hand in hand. I wrote it in my usual matter of fact fashion. This time putting a few more of my own stories into it.
I believe we can all increase our own levels of happiness by remembering a few basic principles. Things like kindness, authenticity, sharing are all universal steps that will increase your own happiness when practiced. The speed of life is so fast that we all forget at times to stop and smell the roses. This little book is a reminder of what makes us all happy in a busy world.
I wish you the best with your weight loss and happiness. Bern.