I was never sporty or athletic growing up and as soon as I hit my early teens, I started packing on the pounds. For 15 years, I struggled with my weight and body image.
At my highest weight I was almost 200lbs with an eating disorder, trying every fad diet that was just causing me to keep gaining. Food was my enemy and exercise was my punishment. My relationship with my body and with food was so horrible I would get anxiety before a family dinner or event - worried about if I could eat anything and then be stressed if I did.
(I was such a sugar addict that I literally would pour dish soap all a half eaten box of cookies before I threw them in the garbage to keep myself from going back and fishing them out!)
As the needle on the scale sat at 199lbs, I was exhausted. I could not go through another 60 minutes on the elliptical trainer or count another calorie at that point. I hit a wall.
I ditched everything I had been told to do by the weight loss industry and started training in a different way. I started building lean, fat burning muscle. I started to have the shape I always wanted. I worked out less and got better results. I ate more food than I ever had. My energy was through the roof. And the weight just started falling off.