OK, so I’m about to share some very personal things and I hope it isn’t too personal or makes anyone feel uncomfortable.
You might have seen me on CNN or even read my book. But there’s something that I didn’t say in my book and I think it’s time to say it here. It’s true that I have completely changed my life and my relationship with food and that I am actually a different person now than the unconfident young girl that I used to be.
But a lot of people don’t know just how hard it was for me to share my story with others. In fact, I hid it for years. I wouldn’t have dreamed of sharing my old photos with anyone, even my dear husband, Sam. But, what I didn’t say in my book (mostly because I didn’t want to get too personal and alienate anyone) was that the full story of me sharing my journey and weight loss wouldn’t have been possible without the unconditional love and support of Sam.
It doesn’t mean that you can’t reach your goals without finding the love of your life. But it does mean that it’s imperative to have the help and support of someone who believes in you and can help you see yourself through loving eyes.
If you did read my book you already know that growing up heavy was incredibly painful for me, and I started this life with low self esteem and deep sadness.
When I met Sam, I had already lost most of the weight. But I was still fearful of food, and my head was still in a diet mentality. But in the eleven years that we have been together, he has enabled me to work out my food issues in the open, without any judgement. He has helped me to love my body.
He was such a strength for me through years of struggling with infertility. He was also there through the pregnancy with my darling Aja. He still thinks I am beautiful if I gain a few pounds and he understands that sometimes I need alone time with a pizza!
He encouraged me to shout my story from the rooftops, even though it might be difficult for some members of his family to really understand why I would do such a thing. I don’t think either of us ever realized how cathartic it would be, or how many people would be able to relate to my story and reach out to me.
Whenever I wrote how amazing he has been, I was advised that people don’t want to hear about that. And I’m sorry if you don’t want to hear it, or it makes you feel uncomfortable in any way. But I have to say it. I want to shout it out from the rooftops. Because I met and married an extraordinary man who saw my potential and helped me to blossom. I hope that every husband who has ever said a harsh word to his wife about her weight or makes snide comments about what you eat will read this and realize how powerful unconditional love can be.
I love each and every one of my clients, subscribers, and readers unconditionally and I believe in each and every one of you. You are all beautiful to me. If I can, let me know how I can help you.
Usually what I write is just for you, so that you can learn or benefit from my experiences. So I hope that you’ll indulge me, just this once, and allow me to write this for my husband Sam.
Happy Birthday my love. Thank you for this life that you have given me. For allowing me to work through my childhood and to blossom and grow. You are my one and only…
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I have read your book and thank you for sharing your story. So many of us struggle daily with weight issues and can get inspiration from hearing others. And your above blog is in no way uncomfortable to read. It is sweet that you have such a loving, caring devoted and supportive husband. You deserve to shout it from the rooftops.
I struggle each day with my weight and just can’t find my way down that weight loss path.
Thank you so much Gail for your kind words. Let me know if perhaps I can help you find your way down your own weight loss path. xo