Health / Weight loss

“I want to change someone’s entire life”

It doesn’t matter how many times you fall, what matters is how many times you get up.

I was getting my lashes done at Laura’s Beauty & Wellness at home in Helsinki. The owner, Laura, with her pink hair and tattooed arms, was excited to share with me her dreams and goals, which in general I value but I had had a terrible day and all I really wanted was to shut up and take a nap. Little did I know I was on a date with destiny.

“My dream is to change someone’s entire life”, Laura said to me as she explained to me her passion for personal training and life coaching, for helping people achieve their biggest dream. Something in me stopped, but I somehow didn’t manage to get a word out of my mouth. How could I tell this stranger I was the one she was looking for? How could I tell her she was meant to change my life? And that I had been looking for her for some time now.


For a couple of years now I’ve dreamed of being able to get a team of health professionals to help me on the road to recovery. I have always been bigger than your average, but after a serious horse riding accident in Australia in 2008, my health has gone downhill at lightning speed. I broke my spine and injured my right leg and I can still feel the impact every single step I take. Going back to that unfortunate October day 9 years ago, I remember the fall and I remember sitting in our car on the way to the hospital in pain. And I remember the pain fading away halfway to the hospital when I said: “I no longer feel my legs.” I thought that was it. That was the fall to land in a wheelchair for the rest of my life, but I got a second chance. After some days in the hospital, I could feel my toes again. And eventually, I walked again.

But even if I was lucky to stand on my own two feet, everything became harder. I was in constant pain for years and lived off of painkillers. I was no longer that strong muscular curvy woman I was used to being.

I was a shadow of my past self. 


The last few years have included several failed attempts to get back into the shape I was before, but I simply haven’t been able to do it all by myself. There have been times when I’ve worked out with a personal trainer, but it’s difficult to find someone to walk with you for the entire journey instead of just a few sessions here and there. And due to the history of what happened to me on that unfortunate October day in 2008, I need someone with enough knowledge, patience, and understanding to be able to really help me get better for good.

“Well, you could change my entire life”, I eventually added. I told Laura my story and I think we both knew there was something more to this day than just pure coincidence that we came across each other’s paths. With tears of joy on my face, I walked home and I knew this was the first real step for getting over my biggest obstacle.


I will be sharing this journey with you as honestly as I dare to on the blog and on Instagram during the next one year starting now. Laura is helping me with my diet and working out with me every week. And together we have already set a date for a grande finale next year; a trip to the Maldives in September 2018.

Laura herself is a professional Personal Trainer and a Life Coach to be. And thanks to her, I will also be supported by a Sports Massage Therapist, Physiotherapist and a Yoga Teacher.

We have spent the past 2 months planning everything from detailed excel sheets to social media and slowly starting with going to the gym and learning to eat better one step at a time.

The difference between those that that succeed and those that fail is, those that succeeded never gave up.


My goal is not to be thin, but to be happy in my own skin. I’ll always be curvier than the average and I’m happy like that. And I feel as if my mission is to remind other women too that they don’t need to be a size 0 to be fabulous. But I want to feel healthy and energised. Strong and able to do exactly what I want to. To even eventually get back on the horse. I want my life to no longer be determined by my accident.

And what makes this timing so special and important is that next year it has been 10 years since the accident and I can no longer hide behind its shadows. And what’s more, I will be turning 30 next May. So let’s get this show on the road – the mission to lose 30 kilograms before the age of 30.

30 before 30.

Follow Laura on Instagram here.

About Author

Veera Bianca is a passionate storyteller and hospitality expert with an urge to roam the globe. She spends her time on the road searching for meaningful experiences, reviewing accommodation and airlines – trying to inspire you to leave your comfort zone and getting to know new cultures.


  • Isabel
    October 31, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    Proud of you and wish you the very best of luck for the mission ahead! It will be tough but I’m certain you’ll make it!!

    • Veera Bianca
      November 1, 2017 at 12:57 am

      Thank you Isabel! Supporting words mean the world to me! 🙂

  • Henar
    October 31, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    You go girl! one step at a time you’ll achieve whatever you set your mind to, because you are a fighter and never give up. An inspiration to the rest of us! <3

    • Veera Bianca
      November 1, 2017 at 12:57 am

      Thank you thank you dear! Supportive words like yours help me push forward!

  • Jenn
    October 31, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    Ohhh Veera. I love what you write about not having to be size 0 etc. This is so important. And that not only those “perfect” bodies are shown in bikinis and underwear everywhere – but that real bodies are too!!

    And this sounds like a bit of a magic meeting between the two of you! I’m looking forward to follow the journey and I’ll be cheering for you along all the way. You’ll have my 100% support <33

    • Veera Bianca
      November 1, 2017 at 12:59 am

      Thank you darling! And thank you for being there for me, it means the world! <3

      And I will never desire even close to a size 0, I mean, there's nothing wrong with size 0, but I would never see myself so tiny. And I feel like it has become my life mission to remind other women that we can all rock the skin we are in, this size, 30 kilos lighter or size 0 - fabulous!

  • Einna
    November 1, 2017 at 8:11 am

    Veera, you got this girl! Super excited for your journey; one step at a time. Can’t wait to follow you on this journey and cheer you along the way. You are one inspiring lady!! Hugs

    • Veera Bianca
      November 1, 2017 at 9:41 am

      Thank you sweetie! It will be so much easier with all this support by my side ! <3

  • Natasja
    November 6, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    Read this and had goose bumps towards the end. Wish you lots of success on your way to happiness, and look forward to cheer you
    along the way too!

    • Veera Bianca
      November 8, 2017 at 10:06 am

      Thank you so much Natasja! I appreciate your support! <3


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