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Miss Universe contestant Gabriela Ordoñez, this year’s Miss Honduras, has dropped 40 pounds and is a new woman coming into the pageant. She cited health concerns as her primary motivation, but allowed that coming into the competition, she was motivated to keep to her new health regimen. She did say, however, that if she was crowned Miss Universe, she would probably take a brief break to eat an entire cheesecake.
Ordoñez stated that she began this weight-loss initiative because she was worried about her health. She said that she was having problems with her stomach, as well as constant fatigue. She felt like her body was becoming an obstacle to being able to live her life the way she wanted to. Not wanting to just shed a few quick pounds with some fad starvation diet, she opted instead for an approach which required that she change here entire approach to eating.
The Miss Universe hopeful decided to change up her eating habits, cutting her carbs way down and increasing her protein intake. She altered her schedule so that she could have something small to eat every couple of hours instead of eating a few large meals. She reported that she now consumes a lot of dried fruit as snacks to keep energy without resorting to unhealthy choices. She also drinks a lot of water. Ordoñez also began a workout program, going to the gym for a couple of hours per day to do cardio and weight training.
She says that she is not just making changes to her body, but to her mind and attitude as well. She never had the goal of being thin before her, but instead said that it would do no good to lose the weight if she could not have the charisma to go with it. She said that charisma would not come if she was not happy enough with herself to have her smiles be genuine smiles. She has no guilt about the cheesecake because, in her mind, that happiness also requires a break every once in a while. Of course, that break will not be coming before the Miss Universe Pageant. In fact, she said that stress of the schedule and travel for the competition had her losing more weight than intended as she worked to keep up with her itinerary. She will likely count it all worth it, though, if she is able to become Miss Universe.
Cheesecake or no, Ordoñez hails this as a lifestyle change which is permanent. Win or lose, she is happy with the changes she has made, and with her new body. This is not just an attempt to slim down to fit in a dress or live up to a standard of beauty just for the MIss Universe audience. This has become a new way of life for her, and one which incidentally has resulted in her looking spectacular for the pageant. Most importantly to her, however, it has helped her to get to a place where she is feeling healthy and happy and ready to take on the world.
By Jim Malone