100 lbs down,more to go

My weight loss journey is a long and winding road, and still continues. I had been a little bit overweight (by BMI standards) most of my childhood and young adult life, and gained an unfortunate "Freshman 50" instead of the typical "Freshman 15" when I went away to Cornell University for my undergraduate studies.  I think the first time being away from home, plus the pressure to academically perform, led me down the path of emotional eating.  While I struggled with weight fluctuations for much of my 20's and early 30's, it wasn't until my late 30's that my weight became a true health concern. I was a stressed-out small business owner (a restaurant), working 80+ hours per week and surrounded by food. I used food to celebrate victories, medicate emotional pain and moderate stress. My weight ballooned to 375 lbs! Well, I know it was at least 375 lbs, since that is where my home scale topped out! Life at 375 lbs was difficult. Physically; my joints ached, my breathing was labored and even walking was exhausting. But more significant was the impact this weight had on my mental and emotional health. Life at 375 lbs was miserable. I socially isolated myself, never felt I had anything to wear and was ashamed of my body. On my 40th birthday, I made the decision to save my life by making the changes necessary to reclaim my health and wellness. I wish I could tell you the road has been easy and direct. It has not. It has been a circuitous course of dietary eliminations, lifestyle changes, medical diagnoses (Hashimoto's Thyroiditis) and most significantly, shifting priorities. I have lost over 100 lbs and consistently continue to lose. The road has been difficult, but worthwhile. And it is my hope that the insight and acumen I have gained along the way can help others on their personal road to health.

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