Angela Cruz, a former TV reporter and news anchor turned weight loss blogger, has struggled with weight loss and binge eating for much of her life. It’s impacted her confidence, relationships, and her ability to earn money. In fact, studies show that women who are overweight earn less in the workplace than thin women. On the flipside, Angela’s journey has helped her grow and monetize a YouTube Channel.
In Episode 83, Angela shares her personal story of binge eating, yo-yo dieting, and where she is now in her journey. She’s also offering her advice on growing a YouTube channel and what worked for her, in this episode of Lift U Up: Inspiring Health Stories, Balanced Not Bingeing: From TV Anchor To Weight Loss Blogger.
From TV to YouTube
On an average day, Angela Cruz wears many hats. She has a past as a TV news anchor and reporter, but in 2014 Angela pivoted her career to public relations. Along with that change, Angela found herself on camera again – but in a new way. In 2014, she also began creating beauty content on her YouTube channel in her spare time, but quickly found herself struggling with consistency and finding ways to stand out. It wasn’t until she shared her personal weight loss journey with her channel, or niched down, when her message began to resonate with her followers. This turned into a rapidly growing following.
Overcoming Binge Eating
When Angela reflects on her past experiences with attempted weight loss and healthy lifestyle changes, she shares that she didn’t always find success in her attempts. She dabbled in yo-yo diets, set difficult goals, yet often found herself coming back to her binge eating addiction. It wasn’t until Angela started a journey for long-term weight loss that she was able to see things in a different light.
Earlier last year, Angela started (and documented) a program called Brightline Eating. This strict eating plan worked well for her for one year and earned her even more followers and subscribers who found inspiration in Angela’s honest storytelling. However, after that year, Angela says that the program led to her binge eating worsening, but gave her the tools and experiences to find something that worked even better for her.
Even though Angela is still in the middle of her weight loss journey, her mission is to tell people they are perfect and loveable today, no matter their current progress. To her, the most important elements of any weight loss journey is consistency and balance. Today, she still utilizes her reporter background to share the best weight loss resources with her followers each week. When you know better, you can do better, and Angela is there to share with total honesty, while cheering you on along the way.
What else can you expect in this episode?
- Why Angela saw weight loss as an important journey in her life, and how it even impacted her ability to earn in the past
- The two books Angela recommends on binge eating: Brain over Binge and Never Binge Again
- The definition of binge eating, and the brain patterns behind why it is a voluntary action you can control
- Angela’s tips for growing on YouTube
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