Carolyn Stirling


I struggled with my weight for many years. Luckily, I have a strong love for dance and a burning desire to be healthy. I would not let myself quit. I finally overcame my problem once and for all. I can share what I’ve learned with you.

At my heaviest, I weighed 242 pounds. I was often tired. My joints ached. I thought about quitting dance often. I felt sad and worried much of the time. I was embarrassed by the way I looked. Being overweight limited my mobility; my dance was suffering. I struggled with binge eating disorder. I came from an obese family where food addiction and inactivity were a way of life. I had a near-constant feeling of general unhappiness. I wasn’t living up to my full potential. I sabotaged myself daily and I couldn’t understand why. I was at war with myself. No matter how bad things got, I wouldn’t let myself quit performing. I saw dance and performance as a vehicle for healing my soul, and I believed I deserved to do it. My dance community is very inclusive, and I found a welcoming home there.

There has been a vast improvement in my health and physique since then. I feel so much better now. My joints no longer ache. I am able to do dance moves that I couldn’t do before. I have more energy. I feel so much happier. I am so proud of myself and my accomplishments. I have found what works for me. I have built my self discipline by making sacrifices for what I really want. I love myself with healthy behaviors instead of unhealthy ones. I am more dedicated to dance than ever and I’m expressing myself the way I’ve always wanted to. I reprogrammed my mind for success. It’s only going to get better from here.