If you’ll recall, when we were first introduced to Laura Govan on Basketball Wives LA in 2011, she looked a lot different than she does now. She had just had her fourth child, and as she put it in a recent interview with The Doctors, “I never felt so uncomfortable in my own body.”
Before having her kids, she was 117 pounds, and by the time we met her at her biggest weight, she was 234 pounds. So she set a goal to get down to 130 pounds, and from there, did the work to get there.
“I had to change my whole lifestyle,” Govan said. “I do conditioning, running, weightlifting. But I fell in love with yoga.”
Not only that, but she had to change her diet completely.
“I just try to eat a lot of green stuff, stay hydrated,” she said. “I eat a lot of kale, spinach, green apples, cucumbers. I always have my apple-cider vinegar!”
It took a year for her to get the weight off. Staying focused and dropping the pounds at her own pace helped Govan, and she says it can help other moms trying to get back to a weight they’re comfortable with.
“Once you learn to live in your own skin, everything else just comes into place,” she said. “Take your time, restructure your life, and do what works for you.”
But another thing that motivated her diet change that wasn’t working for the 37-year-old mother of four were the consistent yeast infections she was having while on her weight-loss journey.
“I can’t break sugar down,” she said. There’s so much sugar in so many things. Changing my diet was hard. It was a struggle.”
She makes it clear that while she didn’t “go around smelling like salmon croquette,” there was a “little cardboard” smell and an overhaul of discharge going on down below. She saw her doctor to help get things under control.
“When I went in we did the swabbing, we did the whole gammut, but I feel like – you’re right – if it’s not diagnosed properly and treated properly, they’re reoccurring,” she said. “It’s like, let’s deal with the issue – ‘I don’t want to see you again.'”
Aside from a diet change (including a lot of water to flush out toxins and laying off of sugar — “I can’t even eat a Starbust,” she said), she had to get on an antibiotic regimen and make a shift to cotton underwear as opposed to the thongs she was wearing. They can slide from the rectum to the vagina and make vaginal health all the more complicated.
“Oooo them thongs boy!” Govan said. “Won’t they do it, won’t they do it.”
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