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After being skinny without trying as a teen, I began to gain weight after high school. I didn’t even worry about it at first. When I picked out my wedding dress at the ripe old age of 20, it was just a teensy bit too tight. “No problem,” said the seamstress at the bridal shop. “We’ll just let it out a little.”

But when I returned for a fitting several months later, it was waaaay too tight. She actually asked me, “You’re not going to put on any more weight, are you?” I was maybe 20 pounds overweight. Nothing to sneeze at, I suppose, but I’d give my left hand to be just 20 pounds overweight again. (Actually, if I gave both arms and both legs right now, I might reach that goal without counting a single calorie…)

I made a few half-hearted attempts at diet and exercise, but never managed to lose more than five pounds. Gaining steadily, I don’t even know when I crossed the 200-pound threshold. You’d think I’d know the exact date and time, but I don’t recollect it.

On the Road to 300 Pounds

I was about 27 years old when I obtained medical records that showed what I weighed 10 years earlier. I did a little bit of math and realized that if I continued to gain weight at the same pace that I’d gained it over the past 10 years, I would weigh 300 pounds by the time I was 39.

You’d think that might’ve shocked me into action, but instead, it was a photograph of myself at a cookout. I couldn’t believe how fat I looked. I lost 37 pounds — the first time I’d ever lost any weight while on diet — but managed to gain it back (and then some). I hate thinking of myself as a yo-yo dieter, but as the saying goes, “If the shoe fits, wear it.” After my pregnancy I lost 60 pounds. Only 40 more to go, but I gained it all back.

Time for a Change

The health consequence of my weight scare me, so I’m again working on shedding this weight. I’ve been struggling, so I created Shut Her up with Chocolate, a weight-loss and fitness blog, to help motivate myself to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and maybe help a few others along the way. Success stories are everywhere, and this blog will be a record of mine.