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Fighting my Fear to Lose Weight

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

DAY 1 Twenty years ago I was sexually assaulted by an ex-boyfriend. Back then I was a confident normal 23 year old young woman. I was a virgin and that was important to me. A lot of relationships I had did not work out because I would not have sleep with them. I had my own set of morals and standards. When I dated this one particular guy, he knew my standards and respected them. He never pressured me. He was into martial arts and taught karate in his own school. He was a second degree blackbelt. But he would never show me any self defense moves when i would ask. He did however, tell me i was pretty and all that gooy stuff. But there were a lot of red flags, that being 23, i didn't see, or care to see. To me, he was just a guy i was dating. Some of his red flags and why i thjnk i gained so much weight after my assault was because he focused a lot on my looks. He would complement me. He would tell me to dress up when we would go out and then he would not dress up and i would be uncomfortable and out of place. He would let me know when I put on weight. So after we broke up and I moved away (but stayed in contact) I came back to visit my familt and to visit him. I have my ideas and guesses, but i don't know why he assaulted me during that visit, but I do know that it changed my life and my self worth forever. And with that changed my body image. I didn't want to feel attractive and I needed comfort so I turned to food. It will be 20 years in July since my assault happened. I have tried to lose weight at times but when I do lose, I feel vulnerable and scared of being phisically hurt again. When i turned to food at that time, I taught myself that food is safe. So now when I'm stressed, scared, for any reason, big or small, I eat. Actually I inhale food without tasting it. So now 7 months before my 20 yr anniversary, I want to stop being afraid to look and feel attractive. And, I want to teach myself to turn to exercise or some other forms of comfort and relief. I will not have lost the 85 lbs I want by July, but I will be moving forward on that goal. And that is exciting! I am writing this blog for myself. I don't know if anyone will read it, but if so, hello, and let's be strong together. My journey begins!
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    Resolving emotional issues is so important if you want to succeed in losing weight.
    1750 days ago
    I can understand how hard it must have been for you. Worst part of having a fear is that it holds us back from acgeiving great things. I am so glad you wrote this blog and let it out because you will know that you are not alone and ways to overcomeit
    1750 days ago
    But i have went from 210 down to 165 so lets motivate each other we can beat this together
    1750 days ago
    I'm in the same boat u are i was raped at 16 and have a 18 yr old child trust me i know how u feel and its hard add me and we can do this together we can do this and i was aleays skinny as a rail i thought if i was fat i would never be raped again
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    I'm an assault survivor as well. He assaulted you because he couldn't control how you looked or what you did anymore so he took his control in that awful way. He was a very weak man. Thank you for sharing your experience and keep up the progress.
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