Liz's History With Diet and Weight
Liz said she had been overweight her entire life. She's always been active and was a competitive swimmer as a kid and played soccer. But, she said, "I was always the big kid." Being so active, Liz had a lot of friends and she got good grades, and she never really felt like her weight held her back. "I was about a size 16 and a shade under 200 pounds when I graduated high school," Liz said.
As an adult, her habit of not eating the healthiest foods or practicing portion control started to catch up with her. Once she began working full-time in a high-stress environment, it only got worse. "I was so controlled in my professional life that food became something I just felt like I could let loose and enjoy. But moderation didn't seem to have much of a role in that pattern, and before I knew it, I had put on almost 75 pounds, heading into a size 20 jeans and a size 22/24 jacket."
The number on the scale wasn't the only thing she noticed. Liz started to feel physical effects of her weight gain. She had low energy and started to experience hip pain, heel pain, and sciatica nerve pain.