Again and again, Angela Garofalo’s husband, Joe, told her, “No matter what, you always look beautiful to me.” That was good to hear, but it didn’t change the way she saw herself. Many years after having children, the 43-year-old mother of two still felt uncomfortable with her post-baby body.
Angela has a master’s in social work and built a successful practice in Katonah, NY, working with children experiencing trauma. Now as a stay-at-home mom, she enjoys spending time with her 7-year-old daughter, Alli, and 5-year-old son, RJ.
“With my two little munchkins, a career is too much,” Angela said. “Both children are probably the most incredible human beings you’ll ever meet. They are my blessings!”
After having Alli, she’d gone back down to a size 8 just by eating sensibly. But after RJ was born, Angela had to buy a whole new wardrobe of loose-fitting clothes. She couldn’t get back to where she was, even though she was eating right and stayed active.
“I had loose skin and a flap over my jeans,” she said. “For several years after my RJ was born, people came up to me and mistakenly thought I was pregnant.”
That’s about the time when Angela started thinking seriously about a surgical remedy. Still, she was cautious of the message that would send to her kids, especially Alli. “I never wanted her to think it’s all about looks for women—that you always have to be thin,” Angela explained. “I told her that Mommy just wanted to feel like she once did.”