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Yep, me too. I live with addiction every day. I am a compulsive eater, a compulsive overeater and a binger. I’ve also been known to severely restrict my food. I struggled with my weight for decades, my weight often fluctuating wildly from month to month. For years I tried to pretend I was something I wasn’t: a normal eater. But I am far from a normal eater. Once I start eating certain foods, I simply cannot stop. Just like an alcoholic with a glass of wine or a compulsive gambler at a slot machine. Addicted people simply do not know how to stop when presented with their drug of choice.
It was not until I was able to vocalize and accept my addiction that I was able to turn my life around. The world that has opened up to me as a result has been a lighter, brighter, and much easier place to be.
And now I find myself in a state of GRATITUDE for my addiction. My addiction brought me to my knees and so deep into the depths of depression that I found myself desperate enough to ask for help.
And asking for help was the first step in the right direction. I couldn’t fix this on my own. No amount of willpower was going to help me. I needed to let go of my desire to take care of everyone and everything, and learn to lean on others for a change.
Through a 12-Step support group, I finally let go of my need to control my food and my weight, and miraculously the weight came off and stayed off. I have maintained a 50 lb. weight loss for 4 years. Such consistency was inconceivable before.
If you are struggling with addiction, know that there is another way to live. I will be sharing resources tailored just for you. Check in from time to time.