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A Healthy Balance

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Great success story! Read before and after fitness transformation stories from women and men who hit weight loss goals and got THAT BODY with training and meal prep. Find inspiration, motivation, and workout tips | A Healthy BalanceBy the time I was 13, I was already 6 feet tall and painfully self-conscious about it. I felt lonely because I didn’t feel I fit in with my peers, so I turned to junk food like cookies and doughnuts to cope. By the time I started high school a year later, I was 20 pounds overweight and extremely unhappy about my appearance. Being around pretty, thin girls only intensified my negative self-image. I spent my lunch hour eating junk food in the library. I didn’t feel good enough to exercise, care about my grades or make friends.

During my junior year of high school, I went through a breakup and lost my appetite for a while. I lost a few pounds and received lots of compliments on how great I looked, so I decided to lose more weight. I limited myself to three meals, cut out junk food and ate more fruits and vegetables. I also exercised by bike riding and jogging. For the first time in my life, I was doing something positive for myself, and the confidence it gave me pushed me to work harder in school. Within four months I lost 25 pounds and earned my first straight A report card. Everyone complimented me, which felt awesome. Suddenly I was beautiful, intelligent and admired.

Soon I became terrified of losing my new identity and so I devoted myself to losing more weight. Each day, I limited myself to 500 calories and exercised one to two hours. In six months, I lost 30 pounds and weighed an unhealthy 110 pounds. I was tired, depressed and weak from my body’s lack of nourishment. One night I binged on candy, cookies and all the junk food I could find. I felt disgusted with myself and tried to stop, but I kept binging every time I got around food. As I gained weight, my self-esteem plummeted, and I used diet pills, laxatives, excessive exercise and purging to counteract my destructive behavior.

After four months, my weight leveled off at 180 pounds. I felt like a failure, so I started a new diet and got down to 150 pounds. Unfortunately I didn’t know how to maintain the weight loss, and I ended up at 190 pounds, my all-time highest weight. By that time I was 18 and I desperately wanted to get my life under control.

I knew that I needed to devise healthy eating habits for life. I didn’t want any food to be off-limits, so instead of depriving myself, I concentrated on striking a healthy balance that included occasional treats, eating when I was hungry and exercising in a healthful manner. I stopped judging myself based on my eating habits. Instead, I expressed my feelings in a journal and I found that I’d been an emotional eater. Now when I feel like things are getting out of control in my life, I write in my journal instead of eating junk food.

After two years, I’m healthy and I feel incredible. Most importantly, I have high self-esteem and an appreciation for myself because I’ve discovered that when I put my mind to it, I can accomplish anything.

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Originally posted 2012-11-17 16:47:36. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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