Kicking my sugar craving – Cady Stanton struggled with her weight for most of her life. She used food to cope with stress and anxiety, eating large quantities of ice cream before going to sleep at night.
Kicking my sugar craving – Stanton married in 1996 and moved to eastern Washington. The healthy diet and exercise plan she had maintained before the move went out the window. She grew depressed and stopped weighing herself when she hit 265 pounds.
Kicking my sugar craving – Stanton got divorced in 2005 and moved to Seattle. She gave up her car and started walking and biking everywhere, going from 265 to 200 pounds almost effortlessly.
Kicking my sugar craving – Stanton, second from left, the day the adoption of her son David, middle right, became official in 2010.
Kicking my sugar craving – In 2005, Stanton first met Ryan Laundry while pursuing her degree in psychology but moved to Pennsylvania two years later for a Ph.D. program. When she came back to Seattle, she reconnected with Laundry, who encouraged her to follow a low-sugar diet. At the wedding in June 2012, Stanton weighed 157 pounds.
Kicking my sugar craving – After the wedding, Stanton and Laundry started taking hiking and backpacking trips together. Stanton currently weighs 142 pounds.
Kicking my sugar craving – Stanton maintains her current weight by eating foods that are low in sugar and exercising regularly. Instead of eating ice cream to cope with her stress, she sets aside time to meditate. "Life is easier. The guilt and shame I felt sneaking ice cream at night is gone."