In December of 2014, I looked in the mirror and saw what many Americans today see: an overweight and unhappy person staring back at me.
Not only was I overweight, but I was dealing with many health issues including irregular heartbeat, tachycardia, digestive problems, acid reflux, and regular panic attacks. My life and health were crumbling right before my eyes.
I was angry, I was sad, and I was very scared. I was only 25 years old, and it seemed like every day I was struggling just to make it to the next day.
It’s not as though I hadn’t tried losing weight before. In fact, it seemed like losing weight was all I ever thought about. I was very uncomfortable in my body.
I tried every new fad: diet, workout, pill — you name it. The trouble was, I had become addicted to what I was putting in my body. I developed an emotional attachment to food and alcohol, both of which caused a rapid decline in my health.
At the time, I didn’t know my body was addicted to these unhealthy foods. I simply thought I had no self-control and losing weight was just not in the cards for me. It took me years to realize there was indeed a better way to live life.