I had an interesting realization about color and clothing. Being overweight, I always heard I should wear dark colors, especially black, to hide my large figure. But when I wear black, I get hot and tend to sweat, so I rarely wear it. Plus, black is not my color.

Now that I have joined OA and have lost over 60 pounds (27 kg), I have released my poor body image and concern for what I look like to others. I wear what I like and what is comfortable rather than what I think will make me look skinnier.

When I attended my twenty-five-year high school reunion, I found it amusing that I was the only one not wearing black. And even though I was thinner, I was still the largest one there!

I didn’t notice right away because I was feeling so good about how I looked compared to the last time everyone saw me. When I did notice, though, I thought how sad it was that those who were already thin were trying to look thinner!

The gift from this experience is how much God has healed my self-image and helped me feel free to wear my favorite color and to be myself. Thank you, HP! I’m proudly wearing orange!

— Lori G., Longmont, Colorado USA

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