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I Finally Lost Those 10 Pounds—Here’s Why It Didn’t Change My Life

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For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to change something about my body. When I was in high school, it was that I felt too thin and wanted to put on weight; in college, I wanted to lose the pounds I finally put on, and it felt like weight loss was always in the back of my brain.

No matter what stage of life I was at or what my body looked like, it felt like something was holding me back from being truly, completely confident in it.When I was growing up, I was extremely thin.

I was a competitive swimmer, which meant that my prepubescent and then-teenage body was burning more than it ever took in, and it left me never having to think twice about what I ate—if anything, I was always trying to eat more, regardless of what it was.

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