“How long did it take you to get to a healthy weight?”

I get asked this question a lot, mostly from people wondering how long it took me to get to a healthy weight after becoming obese. My weight has fluctuated wildly over the course of my eating disorder. I struggled for many years with my weight skyrocketing up and down (mostly up) due to unhealthy behaviors. Once I started working and focusing on my inside core issues rather than my outward appearance, I began to finally stabilize my weight. The more I focused on losing weight, ironically the more weight I gained. And once I finally abandoned the idea of changing my size drastically and quickly, is when I slowly and steadily began to lose weight in a healthy manner.

All in all, it took me about 3 years to finally achieve a healthy weight. I believe it would have taken me less time if only I would have listened to my dietician and therapist who told me to make small and sustainable changes. Since I stubbornly believed I could lose weight faster by taking extreme measures, my attempts kept backfiring and I’d regain the weight and sometimes more. So, the moral of the story is achieving a healthy weight takes a lot of time, hard work and mostly patience, but you will achieve it a lot sooner than if you try to use drastic, unhealthy and/or unsustainable methods.