Being 170+ pounds at 5’2” was undoubtedly heavy for my body type. I carried most of my weight in my stomach and face, and couldn’t even recognize myself when I saw photos of me taken by friends and family.
I gained most of my weight during a summer spent at my dads. As you’ll find out below, I grew up in a household that didn’t have a variety of food often, so I was left with one extra large meal that was supposed to last for at least a couple days. One summer with my dad (parents were divorced) meant that I would have any food I wish. Sadly, that would also be the summer I gain most of my weight that I ended up losing years later.
Gaining a great deal of weight impacted me both physically and mentally. I had trouble focusing on school work, felt lethargic throughout the day, and didn’t have much motivation for anything at all. On top of that, my dad was going through chemo and I eventually saw him pass away in our living room.
It was both heartbreaking and a huge wake-up call that life is too short to be miserable.
If I were never overweight, I don’t think I’d be the confident and secure person I am today. I take care of myself mentally as much as I do physically, and take pride in being healthy.