I wish I were as fat as the first time I thought I was fat!

Truth be told,   I have been on a diet for more than half of my life.  I will be 33 years old next month, so I am experienced “dieter” to say the least.
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Growing up, I was the “fat” girl.  I can still remember shopping with my mom at 11 years old and crying in the dressing room because nothing fit.  It would be easy to blame my mom, but my weight issues were not her fault. She did everything right, packed healthy lunches and cooked at home.
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IT. WAS. ME.  I had major self-control issues.   I remember sneaking food when nobody was looking or trading my healthy lunch for junk at school. I had a classic case of “closet” eating.
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I eventually took control of my eating habits when I was 16 years old.  I decided I didn’t want to be fat anymore.  I start making healthy choices and exercising regularly.   The weight fell off, and for the first time, I knew what it felt like to be healthy and fit. I became addicted to that feeling; I swore I would never gain the weight back.
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In my 20’s I was obsessed with being “skinny.”    During those years, I probably tried every shake, pill and cleanse on the market.  Don’t get me wrong; I’m not against a good seasonal cleanse or a tasty protein shake.  However, in my experience, it is important to develop a healthy relationship with food first.
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Now that I am a little older and wiser I have a different perspective on what it means to truly be healthy.  My focus has shifted from the number on the scale to overall wellness for myself and family.  This includes a balance of healthy food, physical activity, relationships, spirituality, career, self-care and self-development.
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This blog is me sharing my wellness journey with the world. I hope you will follow along!

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