Let me tell you how it all came about:
I have struggled with my weight for most of my life. I know my story will sound very familiar to many of you. I came from a loving family that loved to eat. The family ate together, and the food was home-made and delicious. Food accompanied every occasion, good or bad. We used food to celebrate, to reward, to console and for comfort.
Food was very comforting to me. Through the difficulties of my parents’ divorce and subsequent life with a loving but working mom, I turned to food. Since I didn’t understand how to deal with my emotions, I used food to console me with all kinds of emotions. Why? Because it felt good.
Then, a busy life as a hard working adult came to include eating out, eating large portions and eating a lot of processed and packaged foods. I continued to use food, to comfort my emotions.
It seemed like all of a sudden, during my twenties, I had gained eighty pounds, I was always tired and I found it difficult to focus. Life is stressful! I started yo-yo dieting. My 6 y.o. nephew died in a tragic accident. I went through an unbearable breakup, and I lost my job. Food is what I turned to in times of sadness, frustration, anxiety, fear and being depressed. That is how I dealt with my emotions. So, that is exactly what I did. I ate food that was comforting to me. I ate macaroni and cheese. I ate spaghetti and meatballs. I ate my favorite food – PIZZA, several times a week. And when I was feeling depressed, (which was quite often), I ate ice cream.
I spent the next thirty years trying every diet out there. – Weight Watchers (3 times), Jenny Craig, Nutri-System, the Zone diet, the Paleo diet; and several others. Many of them worked in the short term, and I felt wonderful afterwards. But the weight always came back, because those programs don’t teach you how to live a healthy lifestyle for the rest of your life.
I’m currently in my fifties, and lucky that I’m in good health. I am a Medicare Advisor. Most of my clients have two or more chronic illnesses – asthma, hypertension, diabetes, etc. – some of them younger than I am! I don’t want to end up like that. I can’t avoid the reality that NOW is the time to take preventative measures.
So I asked myself: What is missing? Why can’t I keep weight off when I lose it? What would it take for me to change my habits and lead a healthy lifestyle for the rest of my life?
I sat down and started writing. I wrote down things “I needed to do,” in order to first – lose weight, and most importantly, how to keep it off. I finished my “vision board,” and when I stood back and looked at it, I said, “Wow!” That’s a real solution to a very real problem!
Weight Loss Nation was born!
I partnered with other professionals, who shared my vision, and the rest is history!