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Following Doctor’s Orders

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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 | Following Doctors OrdersMy childhood dream was to become an actress and a singer, so when I was accepted to a prestigious performing arts school in New York City, I was ecstatic. I could hardly wait to start making my dreams come true.

During my first year, I had a single dorm room and I thought I had lucked out. But I soon learned that being on my own made it harder to make friends, and after a few weeks, I felt lonely and depressed. I started drinking, smoking and eating to make myself feel better, and although it perked me up for a while, in the end I felt worse. I gained weight and felt helpless as the pounds piled on. The following year I had roommates, and although it helped alleviate my loneliness, I continued to overeat. By the time I finished my two-year drama course, I had gained 30 pounds.

After graduation came the tough part – going before casting directors for acting jobs. I went on a couple of auditions, but they were all disastrous since I felt uncomfortable and self-conscious in my body. I slowly stopped going to auditions and supported myself by waitressing, which left me exhausted. I started sleeping more and avoided leaving the house.

After months of this endless cycle, I thought about where my life was going and realized I couldn’t remember the last time I went on an audition. I had let my lifelong passion slip away right before my eyes. Determined to recapture my dream, I decided I had to make a change.

First, I stopped smoking cold turkey. Quitting smoking was one of the hardest things I ever did, and although the withdrawal symptoms left me feeling moody and irritable, I knew it was something I had to do. Then I went to a counselor to deal with my depression. With regular sessions, I slowly started feeling better about myself. As a part of my treatment, my therapist suggested I join a gym and start weight training since it would boost my self-esteem. I was skeptical at first, but amazingly, she was right. I started lifting weights every other day and walking on the treadmill. I shed the fat from my body and replaced it with lean, beautiful muscle. When I felt depressed, I challenged myself to a walk, swim or any other activity that would make me feel better about myself.

Through therapy, I also learned how to start feeling my emotions. If I wanted to cry, I cried. If I felt upset at someone, I expressed my feelings instead of dulling them with food. I began eating more healthfully by adding fruits, vegetables and fiber to my diet. In less than six months, I lost 25 pounds and felt like a new person.

I’ve maintained my healthy mind-set for three years now and it’s a part of my life, like breathing. I’m now working as a model, singer and actress, finally fulfilling my dreams.

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Originally posted 2012-11-22 18:36:01. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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