Apologies, on mobile, but here’s my transformation! https://imgur.com/a/gBZGqoE
Like so many others, I was always overweight and it’s really been all I’ve ever known. I had a nasty combo of a slow metabolism and a binge eating disorder from early childhood. My parents tried to help me with weight-loss as a family, but it never stuck. My binging became a coping mechanism for severe anxiety and depression. Being young, I never knew how to deal with any of this, from the eating issues to the mental health issues.
Then, I hit rock bottom. It was at the climax of a mild struggle with bulimia and a severe struggle with depression that I realized what my first step to a healthier me needed to be:
Appreciating, respecting, and loving myself AND my body.
So, I started what will always be my most difficult hike and most challenging journey… building my confidence. While on this path, I found that walking around outside gave me the most peace and “confidence.” Something about feeling the earth and all of its elements around me and gliding along as one gave me so much strength. It felt strong, and I felt strong.
Walking around parks turned to wandering around forest turned to climbing deeper and higher. My first “summit” was a tame 250 ft hill that overlooked a nice, otherwise unreachable canyon. At that time the climb killed me. I felt light headed, I almost vomited… but as I hit the final push I felt a surge of adrenaline in me that was new and thrilling. At the top,…