When I was 16, I developed a chronic headache disorder which means that I have tension headaches every single day. I was put on a low dosage anti-depressant which controlled the headaches. While the headaches were controlled, the medicine created unbelievable cravings. As I mentioned before, when I was in high school this was not an issue. When I got to college however, I gained 20 lbs in what seemed like overnight. In college, I was either in class, doing homework, coaching my club volleyball team, or working at my 30-hours a week job. There was no working out. There was a lot of eating. By the time I graduated college, I had gained 50 lbs from my high school weight.
After college, life slowed down but I hadn't built a healthy foundation for living. I graduated college on a Friday, and started my career on the following Monday. Life became cocktails and quesadillas at the cantina across the street from my branch after work. It got even worse when I met my future husband, and we moved in together. We ate out every single night. Red Robin on Monday, Buffalo Wild Wings on Tuesday, Newport Bay on Wednesday, etc. You get the picture. I gradually went from a size 10... to a size 12... to a size 14... until the day I didn't fit into my 14's.