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How One Reddit User Lost 67Lbs While Overcoming Trauma and Improving Their Relationship with Food

A Reddit user shares their inspiring weight loss journey and how they worked through trauma to achieve their goals. Learn how they learned to love themselves and improve their mental and physical health.

Article by Madeleine Smith

A before and after photo of a 5'4" female showing a weight reduction from 204 pounds to 137 pounds. A respectable loss of 67 pounds.
F/33/5'4" [204 > 137 = 67lbs] Two years of trauma work, improving my relationship with food, and learning to love myself.
Originally posted on /r/progresspics

Overcoming trauma and improving relationship with food

The Reddit user, astralistic, shared a post about their incredible weight loss journey, going from 204lbs to 137lbs in two years. But it was not just about shedding weight; the user also worked through trauma and improved their relationship with food.

Combining mental and physical health

The user focused on their mental health as much as their physical health, using a combination of therapies such as music therapy, talk therapy, and therapeutic writing. They learned that weight can serve as a shield for people with unresolved trauma, but through therapy, they began to prioritize and improve their mental health.

Learning to love oneself

As the user worked through their trauma, they also learned to love themselves, understanding that their worth is not defined by their appearance. This shift in mindset helped them to develop a healthier relationship with food, learning to nourish their body instead of using food as a coping mechanism.

Appreciating the journey

The user’s post received almost a thousand upvotes and dozens of comments from people who were inspired by their journey. Though the weight loss was a significant accomplishment, the user emphasized that it was the healing and personal growth that made it worthwhile.

Try things out for yourself

The Reddit user’s journey is a testament to the importance of prioritizing mental and physical health. If you are struggling with weight loss or coping with trauma, consider reaching out for professional help and exploring various therapies. Remember, your worth is not determined by your appearance, and learning to love yourself is the greatest achievement of all.

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Madeleine Smith

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Madeleine is passionate about empowering individuals with the information and tools they need to transform their bodies and lives.