When I was a little girl 7 or 8 years old my mother made the life-altering decision to marry someone who would end up becoming my abuser. After multiple years of hell, lies, and court battles, I found myself turning to food for comfort and by the time I reached my mid-teens, I was bouncing back and forth from home to home, sometimes ashamed and starving myself, and other times wearing a larger size in pants than many adults ever reach - size 24.
After years of therapy and surrounding myself with an incredible support system, in my late teens and early 20’s I was finally able to come to terms with the fact that being nearly 300 pounds and only 5 feet tall was not a life I could sustain long-term; on top of that I had just been diagnosed with pre-diabetes and high blood pressure and I was not ready to give up after overcoming so much.
Ever since then, I have pushed hard to break myself of toxic habits I became accustomed to, I got active, made diet modifications (#lowcarblife) and though I still have work to do, I am down to 210 pounds!
I am sure many of you are thinking “holy cow, awesome, way to go” however, the sad truth is that no matter the phase of weight loss I am in, I have always found it incredibly difficult to define my style or feel confident in my skin because my weight fluctuates so much (#PCOSwarrior) and clothes never fit quite right. On top of that, it isn’t realistic for me to buy myself a new wardrobe every month, so I found myself wearing baggy jeans and t-shirts all the time because it was easy.
When Megan approached me about Apples and Pears, I immediately raised my hand to try it out because I, like many others, put on some extra weight during quarantine! Not only were the clothes super cute but Megan went above and beyond by helping me to figure out my style, giving me tips if I am in between sizes, and she even invited me to be a part of the first group of ladies to receive an Apple and Pears box! Can I just say, when I put on those clothes... for the first time in a long time I felt proud, confident, and comfortable AND...everything fit amazingly! I do not know how Apples and Pears does it, but I can assure you I will continue to subscribe as I continue forward with my weightloss and plan for my upcoming wedding! #GoingGrigsby