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Email of the Day: I Am Finally At A Healthy Weight

By Dr. Laura on September, 10 2021
Email of the Day: I Am Finally At A Healthy Weight

I struggled with obesity for 38 years of my life. I was raised in a chaotic, alcoholic-fueled home, but now have a wonderful husband, adult son about to get married, a job I love and true friends. No matter how much I tried to diet, I just could not lose weight. Thirteen years ago, I found Overeater’s Anonymous, a group that was very structured. We don’t eat flour, sugar, caffeine, candy or mints. I thought I would be miserable, but I have found a freedom I didn’t think was possible. When I don’t eat those things, I don’t crave them.


I weigh and measure my food now. I have a sponsor and work the steps the same way an alcoholic would. I would never tell an alcoholic to have β€œjust one sip,” and I cannot stay healthy if I take β€œjust one bite.” I’ve lost 120 pounds and have stayed at about the same weight for almost 13 years – one day at a time. I no longer obsess about food and I have a freedom I didn’t think imaginable. My husband loved me when I was obese, but now he calls me his trophy wife!


I am grateful for all the gifts I have received since surrendering the foods that were slowly killing me. In my program, we refer to compulsive overeating as β€œslow suicide.” We also say that our food is β€œblack and white” so our lives can be lived in β€œcolor.” I wanted to share my story in case this information can help someone else. The program I work with is not a diet (or as we call that word – β€œdie with a β€˜t’”), but a plan for eating.


Lori M

I Am Finally At A Healthy Weight



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