I’m French by nationality, but I’ve always considered to be more multinational as I’m of mixed French, Chinese and Malagasy (Madagascar) origins.
I travel since I’m a kid, and I’ve always felt the urge to move from one place to another. I feel really lucky to have the life that I have and it’s made me learn to appreciate the little things.
As a child I was very healthy, ran around everywhere went biking on weekends with my parents, refused to eat my veggies till my mom forced me and so on (like pretty much every kid).
My weight problems started when I was around 11 after arriving in France, and I started comfort eating because of the bullying around the fact that I couldn’t speak my own language very well. I quickly gained weight to the point where it was very hard for me to find clothes my size (france doesn’t have plus sized kids clothing). I never got to the point where I was obese but yes I was overweight for my age and even my doctor made fun of me for it.
A few years later I moved to China and lost some weight because the food was so different from what I was used to and also because I avidly practiced sport and only ate from the huge salad bar at my school. Loosing weight wasn’t really on my mind as I was going through a period of my life where I was trying to find myself, I tried new styles hung out with people way older than me and gave myself a terrible haircut!
But then I moved again and that’s when things got out of hand… I was home schooled for 3 years and totally let myself go, I even had a few months where I bought tons of diet pills from a friend because she assured me the would work, only to make myself sick. I would never go out, I would never workout or do anything active. In a way I think I was depressed, but living in a family that isn’t all for medication I just ignored and let myself be, failing my classes and giving only 1/3 of my work back.
Then I moved again to Argentina and I have to say my life changed for the better, though I didn’t really loose that much weight I was 100% more positive on life, I went out, enjoyed myself and tried my best to socialize. It’s been nearly 2 years since then and I have to say because of my experiences I’m such a better person than before, not only towards others but also towards myself. I fight for what I believe in and I want to take this journey towards being fit as something which I won’t back down from.
Me now in Germany, 2012 (About 15kg lighter than in Argentina)