My fat picture is normally followed by this look: All right, all right….I know I looked like a dude! But yes, that really was me – a large chubby girl at about 5’1″ and 160 lbs. I was 15 years old in this photo and fat, depressed, and lonely.
My biggest problem was that I was binging constantly – I couldn’t stop thinking about food, and when I finally got my hands on some, I ate until I felt sick to my stomach and wanted to throw up. I was addicted to food, and hated myself for it.
I decided to take small steps towards losing weight. The first and only thing I started doing was …. (drum roll)…. drinking LOTS and LOTS of water! Sounds silly, but I wasn’t even big on beverages to begin with, so cutting down on orange juice and soda was not a big deal and it definitely cut down on my calories a lot. Not only that, water fills you up FAST. Drinking water constantly helped keep me full and I really wasn’t able to binge even if I wanted to because I was full from water already. So, if you are stuck in a rut with no direction and no hope, my first suggestion would be to drink water throughout the day, and especially before indulging in food.
I truly believe that you can take control of your life if you set your mind to it. I once had the mindset that I was just meant to be fat and that I could never lose weight. But after repeatedly telling myself that I was determined to lose weight, I proved to myself that I am in control of my own destiny, and that I can be a testimony to others who are living the same struggle I once did.