“Obesity runs in my family. One of my biggest idols, my grandmother, weighed in at around 350lbs for most of her life. I spent most of my childhood around my grandmother, which resulted in me adapting her unhealthy relationship with food. We had weekly family game nights at my grandmother’s house where we bonded over all different types of fried foods and desserts. My grandmother also used food to reward her grand children for good behavior; usually in the form of ice cream and 99-cent Burger King Whoppers. I spent a lot of time at my grandmother’s house because I got to eat pretty much whatever I wanted whenever I wanted.”
“I remember the exact moment I realized I had a problem. I was craving cheesecake so I literally drove to 3 or 4 different places looking for the best cheesecake I could find. When I had my mind set on a certain food It was like something took over me and it was all I could think about. decided I should probably get some of their yummy potato soup and French bread for dinner as well. When I got home I went to town on the potato soup and French bread. I found myself shoveling the food in my mouth as quickly as possible because I wanted to hurry up and get to the cheesecake I had been craving. I ended up eating an entire 20oz container of potato soup, 1 loaf of French bread, AND the slice of cheesecake. My stomach was uncomfortably full and I noticed this numbing sensation in my brain. I fell asleep soon after eating. When I woke up I had a horrible stomachache and headache. I remembered the numb sensation I felt in my brain before passing out and thought to myself “This must be how drug addicts feel.” It was the first time I ever even considered the fact that I may have a food addiction.”
“ I knew enough was enough
and I had to make a change…
I was absolutely terrified but I did it.”
“My biggest support system throughout my journey has definitely been my husband. In the beginning as I was learning proper portion control I would get what we call “Hangry” which is anger and frustration caused by hunger. My perception of what I needed to eat to become full and the reality of what I needed to eat were very far off. Until my body adjusted I was very grumpy and my husband definitely took the brunt of it. I’ve also had a lot of support from other members of my family who made their own weight loss commitments. Through talking to other members of my family I was able to determine that binge was something that they struggled with as well so it has been very nice to have people who understand where I am coming from by my side and supporting me.”
Don’t miss Jaylynn’s inspiring story in our Summer Issue coming this week!
*A special thank you to S. Miramontes for the beautiful photography.