My name is Aarika Chesky (@aarikas_journey), and I am 28 years old. I live in East Greenbush, New York, and I am an office assistant for the state. After having second thoughts about weight-loss surgery, I learned how to count macros for weight loss and stayed low-carb, losing over 70 pounds in 10 months.

Since I was a child, I can vividly remember my obsession with weight. Comparing who I was to each person around me was a daily occurrence. My mother and grandmother were always on some fad diet or weight-loss program, so the focus on the scale was a constant in my household.

As I got older, the weight continued to pile on. While I would try to lose weight, I just wasn’t educated or motivated enough on how to do it successfully and sustainably. I had an unhealthy relationship with food, which eventually turned into a binge eating disorder.

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