Margaret Derby

In her own words... "I was the definition of 'skinny fat.' I was young. I had a fast metabolism. I was on college campus. I ate like a man. My friends all laughed about it. I ate like baby dinosaur my friends used to always say. I lived a really, really unhealthy lifestyle. Someone would ask me to go on a hike and I'd just be like 'Haha!'

Then of course everything changed. I graduated college and I took my first ever job halfway across the world in Zambia. I handled it horribly. I was miserable and shockingly homesick and lonely. I ate every single one of my feelings. I emotionally ate like I had never done in my entire life. I binge ate and would avoid social events because I would stay in and eat and just be sad. I gained 25 pounds in less than 4 months. For the first time in my life I did not like myself. I've always been a very confident person and carrying this extra weight made me feel ugly and fat. 

I just felt like there was something wrong with me. 

After the program I realized that I was so much more in tune with myself and in touch with myself. With  my body I am so much more self aware than I ever imagined I would be and than anyone else my age is. What an amazing thing to have this knowledge and these skills at age 23 that I will be able to carry with me for the rest of my life. 

My mother says to me all the time, "I wish I would have known this at your age." One day I just looked up and I realized, I'm doing it! I'm at my core desired of emotions and I'm happy. I feel like myself again. I called my mom to brag about finishing the program and she's like, "You know what Margaret? Nichole has completely changed your life. You're a completely different person." And it's true! It's completely changed my life. I'm a different person in all the best ways and I couldn't be happier. I feel on top of the world." 

 

If you have any questions for Margaret about Nichole or about Wildly Alive Weight Loss, you may email her.

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