my weight loss journey
My personal journey to a healthy weight and overall health and wellness has been a long and often painful one. It began at the age 7 when my mother and I were forced to move out of my grandmother’s home. I was fine with moving. You see, my grandmother was very mean to me. She was also the person who introduced a crazy system of using food as “punishment and reward” in my life.
We lived in a small town and were able to rent a home right up the street that was owned by a very prominent and trusted person in our community. He had unlimited access to the house. He took advantage of the fact that my mother was the “bread winner” and worked out of town and that my brother who was supposed to care for me was not dependable as he was a drug addict. So, this trusted person in our lives sexually abused me for many years. And that is when I began to use food as comfort, safety, and control.
I struggled with obesity since those very early years going on my first diet when I was 9 years old. Following the strict regimen of the ‘US Ski Team Diet’, I was able to lose nine pounds. Unfortunately, while this “felt” like a huge success…it marked the beginning of an unhealthy relationship with food and decades of yo-yo dieting, most of which were met with minimal success.