Our goal through Love and Primal is to help inspire others to live a healthy lifestyle and share/ be a support in their journey. Often the best way to do this is to be an open book and share our personal struggles and experiences. Even though this can be quite uncomfortable at times, requiring us to swallow our pride and gain some thick(er) skin, we believe in the Love and Primal lifestyle so much that it is totally worth it to us…so here goes! This is Part 1 – an introduction to a Yoooooo Yoooooo Dieter’s Story.
If you know me, you can’t help but be familiar with my lifelong struggle with weight. I haven’t just been a “yo yo dieter”, I have been a “YOOOOOO YOOOOOO dieter!” No exaggeration here! As I sit here and write this I am trying to think of how many times I have “yo yo-ed” in my life – I keep losing count! Isn’t that terrible…I am only 28!
My first diet was the summer before my freshman year in high school. Through simply adding some extra exercise I was able to drop the couple extra pounds I carried. Fortunately, through my four years in high school I probably only fluctuated about 10-15 lbs. If that sounds like a lot to you, you better read on!
Then there was college…my once structured and composed lifestyle came crashing down during my first semester. A combination of different life events led me straight into a nasty eating disorder – one that I would battle with off and on for the next 7 years!
My eating disorder was one of the roots of a steep downward cycle in my early 20’s.
I eventually lost my starting role as a softball pitcher at the collegiate level because of the consequences of my eating disorder. I went from the shining spotlight to the spotlight of “keep an eye on Sarah and make sure she eats.” My family and friends were constantly watching me; what was I eating and when was I running off to the bathroom…super embarrassing (and destructive)! Life got even more challenging; consequently, I ended up transferring schools and moving back to Canada with my parents.
This was the start of my Yoooooo…
to be continued…
btw…if you or someone you love has been affected by an eating disorder you can find help and support here (NEDA).
If you have questions or a story you would like to share, please feel free to contact me directly or post in the comments below.