I am a hundred pounds overweight and I have been trying to lose that weight for 20 years. I did yo-yo dieting for my whole life but I never really lost any. In fact I spent all my time concentrating on my diet because I didn’t want to go into the gym (where people would see how fat I am) and I even didn’t want to walk down the road for exercise because I didn’t want anybody to see my body. I have hated myself and my looks for my whole entire life and I’m 60 years old.

I’m writing you a letter today to say thank you for having the courage to put your story in the newspaper in your column, “I’m Losing It!” It is inspirational. The one thing I really like though, is that you give us lots of practical tips about how to break through the cycle of self-hatred to get into self-love and self-care. In the last two months I have lost 15 pounds! I started to go to the gym and look for other fun ways to get exercise. I never had thought exercise can be fun until I read your column, but now I’m looking for fun ways to get off the couch every day. I feel like a new person and I wanted to say thank you. I’m sure it’s not easy to put your successes and failures into the newspaper but I wanted you to know that it is appreciated. You are doing a good thing for other people like me and I thank you again. Keep up the good work and please don’t stop writing your column.

C. Fredrick


Leota Harriman
Leota Harriman

Leota started working for The Independent in 2006, working her way up through the ranks. An employee buyout in 2010 led to her ownership of the newspaper. Leota has served on the board of the N.M. Press Association, and is currently its First Vice President. She is passionate about health and wellness, especially mental health, and loves making art. She can be reached at [email protected]