When I started gaining weight, immediately when I sat down on a couch, I would get a throw pillow and drape it across my lap not for comfort’s sake, but to hide.

One day, a friend of my mother’s who was in her 70’s pulled me to the side and whispered in my ear….I see that you’re hiding. You don’t have to…you’re beautiful. She told me the story of how she began to hide when she was a teenager and began to have weight problems.

That simple gesture of popping a pillow in front of me will stop.