After losing his father at the age of 15, Andrew Goldblatt fell into a deep depression. In a new episode of webseries Brand New Me, Andrew explains how he became withdrawn, refusing to leave the house and using food as a coping mechanism.
“I didn’t want to do anything, I didn’t want to leave my room,” he says. “I started taking my pain out with food and eating… I gained close to 300 pounds in four years. I would comfort eat, I would comfort snack, I would never stop eating, never stop drinking.”
He attempted to lose weight through dieting several times, but he recalls that on each occasion, he would end up gaining the weight again. “I would lose X amount of pounds, feel proud about it, then give myself a cheat day and then that would turn to two cheat days, so on and so forth.”
At his heaviest, Andrew weighed 540 pounds. It was only when he had a seizure, caused by a health issue he was born with, that he decided he needed to make some serious changes.
“I was too large to get down the steps in the stretcher,” he says. “They were contemplating either cutting down the side of my house so they could forklift me out of my bedroom, or what ended up happening, walk down the steps. And that was a huge wake-up call… You don’t realize how messed up your situation is until you’re forced to realize. I learned the hard way.”
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Andrew started off slow with his exercise, setting himself the achievable goal of walking a mile around the block. After that, he began going to the gym. “I fell in love almost instantly,” he says. Discovering this passion for working out led to him ultimately losing a staggering total of 270 pounds.
“You are the only one who can fix your life, you can’t rely on others to do the work for you,” he says. “To anyone who does want to lose weight, get going now, start now. Don’t wait.”
Philip Ellis is a freelance writer and journalist from the United Kingdom covering pop culture, relationships and LGBTQ+ issues.
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