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Woman's Incredible Weight Loss Helped Her Fight Depression

"I was tired of slowly killing myself with food and alcohol."

Who: Nora Bock

Occupation: Student

City: Wellend, Ont.

Age: 27

By The Numbers: 315 pounds at my heaviest, currently at 195 pounds, for a total weight loss of 120 pounds.

The Weight Gain: I was always overweight or obese. I struggled immensely with it every day. It started early in elementary school — I always used food to cope with stress, and I was a very anxious and uncomfortable child.

When I was older (high school and college) I tried so many diets, most notably the Atkins diet.

"No matter what, I had to track everything I ate, and I had to get moving every single day."

Final Straw: The final straw was when I realized that I had to find a way out of depression. I had to find a light in the dark. I was tired of slowly killing myself with food and alcohol.

I realized one day how much time I had wasted feeling miserable. At that point I feared hard physical work, but I was willing to give it my all so I never wasted another moment of my life.

Looking back now, it’s clear that losing the weight was hard, but living with an obese body was 100 times more difficult.

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