After Andrew Goldblatt lost his father at the age of 15, he fell into a deep depression. In a new episode of web series Brand new meAndrew explains how he became withdrawn, refused to leave the house, and used food as a coping mechanism.
“I didn’t want to do anything, I didn’t want to leave my room,” he says. “I started to relieve my pain from eating and eating … I gained nearly 300 pounds in four years. I would comfort the food, I would console the snack, I would never stop eating, never stop drinking. “
He tried several times to lose weight by dieting, but he remembers that each time he would gain weight again. “I would lose X pounds, be proud of it, then give myself a cheat day and then two cheat days, so on and so forth.”
Andrew weighed the heaviest 540 pounds. It wasn’t until he had a seizure caused by a health problem he was born with that he decided he needed to make some serious changes.
“I was too tall to come down the steps on the stretcher,” he says. “They were debating whether they should either cut off the side of my house to get me out of my bedroom, or what happened in the end, go down the stairs. And that was a huge wake-up call … They don’t know how messed up your situation is until you are forced to realize. I learned the hard way. “
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Andrew began his practice slowly, setting the achievable goal of running a mile around the block. Then he went to the gym. “I fell in love almost immediately,” he says. Discovering this passion for exercise resulted in his eventual loss of a staggering 270 pounds.
“You are the only one who can fix your life. You cannot rely on others to do the work for you,” he says. “For those who want to lose weight, start now, start now. Don’t wait.”
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