When I was 14 years old I lost the best man I had ever known. I was a daddy's girl and my world was completely turned upside down. I gained nearly 40 lbs in less than a year and it showed. I hate looking at my 8th grade graduation pictures I look so swollen, and I remember how painful it was to walk into the stores to find a dress (yes we did that). I wanted to look like everyone else, because lets face it the rest of my world did not fit in with anybody else ( at least that is what I thought). My anger and sadness grew daily, but what did I do? well I ate my feelings. It seemed to work for me (insert: BS comment). I was miserable, and it showed from the outside in. So of course what comes after 8th grade graduation? High school. So not only was I miserable and feeling disgusting I was starting what was supposed to be some of the best years of my life. I knew I needed to do something, but since my dad went to every sporting event I had in Jr. High, playing them without him there seemed so wrong, and even more painful. As I write this, I am tearing up, not because I am sad, but because I am so grateful to have learned so much in 12 years.
So I started from square one, I counted calories. I didn't "exercise" outside of school because I figured P.E. was enough. Little did I know then, but I needed something I could continue on, and pickle-ball just isn't realistic. I still had not learned the true meaning of being healthy. All I was focused on was wearing the clothes that my friends were wearing. Now mind you I never really got made fun of
So counting calories worked I lost about 30 lbs, and kept most of it off. I tried the hearbalife one summer as well....umm BARF..gritty milk shakes are not my idea of delicious. On to fad number 3, Starvation- yeah that didn't so much stick more than a couple days, although I did attempt another form later on. Once in college, I stayed pretty neutral, no freshman 15 for this girl, but I already needed to lose still. I ended up gaining some back, and lost another 20 lbs by just not eating- boys and college are stressful and this girl had not gotten over the emotional eating or lack there of. That summer I gained some back- I looked fairly unhealthy before.
TO BE CONTINUED........