Hi, I'm Bern...
My name is Bernadette Fisers (pronounced Fisher - it's Latvian) and 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 was a fairly tough neighbourhood. It wasn't unusual for kids to take knives and nun-chuckers to school for use in fights on the school oval at lunchtime. 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 an very early age.
My first job at 12 was setting my elderly next door neighbours 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 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 with pre-diabetes, hypertension and a fatty liver. I had to do something. I was feeling really crap about myself, but 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 agonising and self loathing that I had been putting myself through.
Funnily enough I didn't win the race to slimness, I came second, by a couple of hundred grams. However, I did win in the long term because I had found a sustainable, easy and healthy way to live for life.
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.
I am a terrible dieter. All of my friends would tell you that. This however is something that just clicks, its reasonable, logical and above all works quickly. I wish you the best with your health and weight loss. Bern