My name is Dawn, and I love food.
Let me tell you how much: As a child, I often had fantasies of being trapped in a 10-story high candy, with my only escape being to eat my way out. Yes, I’m serious. Yes, it sounds crazy. However, it’s totally true.
It might not come as a surprise to you that I developed a weight problem from a very young age that plagued me for years.
As a result, I…
- Always crash dieted before a special event, with disastrous results.
- Perpetually felt like I was doing a “1 step forward, 10 steps back” with my diet.
- Dreaded going shopping. I didn’t like seeing myself in the dressing room mirrors, and combing through clothes for larger and larger sizes.
- Had no clothes that fit me well. I hated everything in my wardrobe… except for the smaller clothes that I was saving for the magical day when I lost the weight for good.
- Felt out of control around any food that tasted good.
- Felt like the “fat friend” that guys were never interested in.
- Spent a ton of money on diet books, weight loss products, and therapists.
- Told myself that I couldn’t pursue anything worthwhile until I lost “x” pounds.
- Avoided being in pictures and have missed out on the chance to have those memories on paper.
Weight loss was the most important thing in my life.
I tried everything: weight watchers, paleo, no sugar, no fat, clean eating, not eating, fruit only, no carbs, cabbage soup, crazy juice cleanses…
You get the point.
At the end of the day, everything worked for a little while, but the weight always came back on.
I started to hate myself for my lack of willpower and self-control. I wondered why something as simple as 21 days without sugar was possible for everyone else but me.
Moving to A New Country, Finding A New Way
When I was 26, I moved to Taiwan to teach English.
I had just lost about 20 pounds, and I was eager to continue with my weight loss.
When I arrived, I panicked. At the grocery store I couldn’t read the Chinese nutrition labels - how could I count calories??? Gone were the never-ending aisles of “diet food.”
I was lost without my fat free greek yogurt, diet soda, and sugar free pudding mix! The horror!
Then, I noticed something strange. The women here are thin. They eat HUGE bowls of noodles for lunch (I thought carbs were the devil!) and fried green onion pancakes with bacon for breakfast. Nothing is sugar free.
Yet… the weight problem of America didn’t exist here. What was going on???
As I continued to observe the culture, I started to change my beliefs and my approach to weight loss. My attitude towards food became less black and white, and I became familiar with the grey.
I learned that perfect doesn’t exist, and it actually isn’t that much fun, either. I learned that good habits and a solid routine are more valuable than willpower.
After years of struggling with food, weight and self-esteem, I found freedom when I was able to let go of the American diet mentality that I had clung to so tightly, for so long.
Things look very different now…
- I don’t shy away from pictures and I don’t care if I don’t look like a movie star in them.
- I exercise and eat well consistently - no more “1 week on/3 weeks off” roller coaster.
- My weight is stable.
- I have clothes in my closet for every occasion that I am happy to wear.
- I can go out to eat with my friends and order whatever I want - without feeling guilty about it.
- I no longer dread attending special events.
- I can keep previously “off-limits” food in my house without constantly thinking about it!
- I have more energy to devote to other, more important things in my life.
- I am more confident than I have ever been.
Luckily for you, you don’t need to move to another country to achieve the same results.
You can do what I did. You can stop buying diet books and supplements. You can feel beautiful every day (no matter what you ate the night before!).
I want to show you that it’s possible to end your battle with food and weight - permanently.
The best part is that weight loss is no longer the focus of my life. I don’t feel controlled by food anymore.
Once I let go of my obsession with food, a whole new world of opportunities opened up for me.
I changed careers, took my dream vacation (and wore a bikini for the first time since I was like… 6) and finally started to live my life instead of waiting around for a miracle.
I would love to help you find your own way to health.