About the Author
I was never morbidly obese. I was probably never as fat as I felt. I just knew I wasn’t comfortable in my skin. After the birth of my daughter and the subsequent weight-gain, I found I had reached a plateau. I wasn’t actively working at taking any more weight off, but instead making excuses that “things had shifted” or “I didn’t have time to eat properly.” Finally, one day, I had an awakening. I was watching my beautiful baby play and I was full of love. I knew I would do anything in the world for her. I would foster her continual happiness. This love was unconditional, and would never waver. Then it occurred to me that someone had once loved me this much. I had once been truly happy, unquestioning of my worth in the world, and completely unworried that I wasn’t good enough. Where had this love gone? When had I stopped loving myself? Why did I want only the best for my daughter while I was completely willing to treat myself like crap? I made a decision that day that I would attempt to show myself even a portion of the love I showed my baby. And another thing clicked for me at approximately that time. The better I started to feel about myself, the happier I was in general. Happiness begets more happiness. When we start to feel good and project this goodness, it starts to come back to us. I eventually lost all of the weight I needed to and more, simply by thinking the right thoughts. I am thinner now than I have ever been in my adult life, and finally comfortable in my own skin. I did this not by denying myself pleasure and happiness, but simply by loving myself enough to want better. I am living proof that even if you’ve put it off for a really long time, it’s entirely possible to better any part of your life, including your self-image, simply by wanting it to change. And I encourage you to try the same!