July 26, 2013
My Journey from Bulimia to Iron Man
Hi Dr Laura!
My journey with you begins 2 years ago, in the parking lot of a McDonalds fast food restaurant. I was stuffing my face with as much food as I could fit, and listening to your program.
This is often how I spent lunchtime...waiting until your show came on the air at 11am then loading up into the car to find the flavor of the day fast food restaurant to binge eat to my heart's content. I would return home to "purge" my food. It was a never ending cycle for me, and I felt trapped.
On this day, I recall you speaking to a runner suffering from anorexia. I can't remember what was exactly said on the call, but something about it hit me.
I had always been an athlete, but after a soccer injury in college, I became lazy and unmotivated. I thought back to my college days. I was healthy and happy, and most importantly, my every waking thought wasn't consumed with food. That day, I decided to go for a run.
It was slow going at first; I could barely run 4 minutes without being completely winded. But eventually I worked myself up to 3 miles a day, and then 4...and so on. My fast food lunchtime "Dr. Laura" sessions were substituted for sandwiches, and then eventually salads. Your phrase "eat less, and move more" became my mantra.
Fast forward to today, I am in the best shape of my life and I am feeling happy and healthy. In September, I will be racing in my first ever Iron Man triathlon. That's 2.4 miles of swimming, 112 miles of biking, followed by a 26.2 mile run! I have also raised more than $4,000 for leukemia research along the way.
I just wanted to say thank you, for everything you do. You are the reason that I am the healthy and happy person I am today...
Thank you, again,
Posted by Staff at 11:02 AM