Hi Dr. Laura:
I first heard you 25 years ago when I was 15. My mom used to listen to you, but she never took heed of your advice on how to be a good parent. She was cruel and not loving. I grew up being called fat on almost a daily basis. I was never fat when she called me that, but when I moved out at 20 years of age, one of the ways I got back at her was by finally eating whatever I wanted and actually getting fat. I got up to 291 pounds! Two years ago, I decided enough was enough, but I wasn't doing the work to get my weight down.
Then I "re-found" you right here on SiriusXM, and I've been hooked ever since. I can't begin to tell you how much you've changed my life. I've learned from you that it's okay to realize you don't have a "Mommy." I've also learned it's NOT okay to be fat. I am down 100 pounds and am headed toward my goal (30 pounds more). I walk 5-7 miles every day listening to you. I've cut out soda, sugar, and I dance and do Zumba. I think the weight has melted off because I finally feel like I have a Mommy - YOU! I finally feel at peace.
I know I still have a long way to go, but I will get there. There's no more "trying" in my life - there's just "doing." Years of therapy didn't provide one one hundredth of what you have given me in the last year. Thanks for being my biggest inspiration ever. You are a national treasure.
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