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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 | Facing the TruthI was never a “fat” kid, but I remember weighing a good 10 pounds more than my classmates did. I never exercised and often used food to stuff down any unpleasant feelings and emotions. Anything sweet, fried or starchy had an anesthetic effect, and I felt calmer, happier and less anxious after I ate. Eventually, the overeating led to weight gain, which left me feeling miserable and hopeless.

I went on my first diet at 12 years old, and by the time I reached my midteens, I had tried countless diets, appetite suppressants and laxatives without success. My quest for the perfect body took over my life. My appearance and weight was all I thought about, and I drove my family and friends crazy with my obsession.

By the time I turned 19, I weighed 175 pounds and realized that I was tired of fighting with my weight. I wanted to be sane and healthy more than I wanted to be skinny. With my parents’ help, I entered an eating-disorders treatment program and slowly started learning the tools I needed to control my eating habits.

During treatment, I saw a therapist who helped me come to terms with my negative self-image. I learned that other activities, such as talking and writing about my feelings in a journal, were much more effective and healthier ways to handle my emotions than overeating. Over several years, I slowly replaced my destructive behavior from the past with more healthy habits.

As a part of my treatment, I learned the importance of eating as a fuel source for my body, instead of an emotional cure-all. I started eating moderate portions of healthier food, such as fruits and vegetables. I found that when I ate better, I felt better.

I also began exercising, which at first was just walking instead of driving whenever I could. Soon, I was walking for longer distances and at faster speeds, which helped me feel strong and confident. The pounds started coming off slowly, but since this time I did it sensibly, they stayed off. I started weight training, practicing yoga and even trained for and completed a charity marathon for leukemia research. I lost 10 pounds a year over the next four years and I have maintained my weight loss for more than six years.

Looking back, I realize that I not only have changed how my body looks, but I also have changed the way I think of my body. I take time each day to nurture myself and surround myself with positive-thinking people and people who appreciate me for who I am on the inside and not how I look. I don’t focus on my body’s flaws or wish to change any part of it. Instead, I’ve learned to love every muscle and curve. I’m not skinny, but I am the fit, happy, curvy girl that I was intended to be.

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Originally posted 2012-11-23 18:58:47. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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