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12/7/14 9:56 P

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Hi Bekah,

Welcome to the team!

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Hi Bekah,
Thanks for telling us a little about yourself

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What a remarkable and honest review of where you have been and where you want to be. I admire you for finally deciding to make your life the best it can be. I have every faith that you will accomplish it.

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Hello everyone! I'm a 29 year old Florida girl. I was a vegan for almost 11 years, but in the last 5 years, I have gained almost 80 pounds. I am recently engaged to someone I have known for 9 years, we have been together for 3 1/2.

My best size was 5 years ago, when I was 145, at a height of 5'9. I have always had plenty of friends, loved to laugh, and have thrived on being social. However, while I was so distracted with simply having fun, I took for granted how comfortable in my own skin I was.

In spite of being so social, and even when people thought I was beautiful, I always kept other at arms length. In my early 20's, I came to accept that this had a lot to do with not only being adopted, but also a pastors daughter, in an extremely conservative religion, that taught against pants, makeup, jewelry, cutting your hair, etc. Focus was never to be on looks, so I took them for granted. I never learned to be happy with who I was, because I felt like I didn't belong where I was. I came from somewhere different, and could never relate. I didn't look like them, I didn't feel like them, I didn't fit in. Insecurity came early for me.

Since gaining weight, it's been a strange change. I've learned more about who I am, and started to accept who I am as a person, what I truly love, who I want to be, what I believe, but still... Not paying attention to who I was on the outside, and living unhealthy, affected my emotions and moods in a way where, when things did start to change for me, and I went through some really, really, rough times, I didn't handle them the way I would have, had I taken care of myself mentally and physically.

So, this is all about me. I know that where I want to be, and who I want to become as a person, starts with learning to love myself. And to love myself, I have to take care of myself. I need to eat and act, in a way that will make me a productive person, not a depressed person. There have been so many things I've failed to accomplish because of depression, overwhelming insecurities, and fear. I need to learn to see in me what other people see in me, and learn that people don't stop liking me because I gained weight. I need to stop hiding from my friends, from my fiance, and from myself.

Easier said than done.

Anyway. I'm looking to make new friends on here, and be motivated by others, as well as hope motivate you.

Look forward to meeting you!

xo
Bekah

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