Hi! My name is Leah and this is my weight loss success story! Losing weight is a difficult process. I am 23 years old, and I have struggled with weight my whole life. Environmental context is never a complete answer, but I grew up the daughter of two parents who also struggled with their weight and the inevitable younger sister of the star, skinny, athletic, sister.
If one of your early childhood memories is a fight you had with your mother over the second bowl of icecream, or how an apple is NOT your choice of snack, then you’ve come to the right place. Obesity in America is a PROBLEM, and people are powerless to speak candidly. I have been hyper aware of my weight my entire life, and I can honestly say it has shaped my personality, my feelings of self-worth, and my social interactions. Health is a three-part definition of equal parts physical, emotional, and social well-being, and I was far from healthy.
In high school, I joined my best friend Kaitlyn on a weight watchers program and was moderately successful.
But I have never felt healthy. I have always had some curves and instead of celebrating them, I hid them and hid away from others.
Fast forward to college, add in a little stress, some sleepless nights, and a lot of self doubt and you get my recipe for weight gain. I put on about 45 pounds from the end of high school, and I wasn’t light to begin with. I was unhappy, uncomfortable in my own skin, and ashamed that I could not have the college experience that I wanted.
At the bequest of my college roommate, I decided to join her on a strict, no nonsense weight-loss plan. I decided that I was going to take this journey to health however long it takes me. I amped up an exercise plan, I began to manage portions, and I have changed my relationship with food. Something clicked, and for the past two years I have been on this weight loss journey.
Weight loss is difficult and should be a personal journey, but no one should have to do it on their own! Submit, ask, keep me responsible. Share in my successes and failures, and let me celebrate your own. As the quote at the beginning of this blog says, “Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.” I have made this time in my life an opportunity to make it whatever I desire. Join me!
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