You can always lose again
When I was younger, I longed to be skinny. I am as much as almost pounds, and I’ve been all the way down—two entirely different looks on my 5’5″ frame. My most drastic period of loss was my senior year of college when I was 22. I spent all my free time at the gym running, lifting, you name it. When I saw the number on the scale start to fall, I got overzealous and cut back on food, sometimes eating less than 1,000 calories a day. This was terrible for my body, but everyone just continued to tell me how great I looked, and that reinforcement made it really difficult to stop.
My aha moment: When I met my husband, I snapped back to reality. I found someone who loved me for who I was. I no longer felt I needed to prove anything to anyone regarding what I looked like, so I started eating and before I knew it, I looked in the mirror and didn’t recognize myself. At 185, I decided to get my eating habits under control for good. After getting serious about my my health, I found out that I have Hashimoto’s disease, a form of hypothyroidism, which makes it difficult to lose. After getting my hormonal imbalance under control, my weight was easier to manage. Some days I drink wine and eat pizza, and some days I have salad and water. Chasing my three-year-old daughter and caring for my four-month-old son is really all the cardio I have time for. As a mom with two children, I no longer care about being thin as much as I value being healthy. It took me thirty years to realize that gain isn’t a life sentence. When it comes to health management, you never run out of opportunities to try again. —Meredith Pileggi, 30, PA, mother and teacher