The picture above is our before and after that was featured in the Leslie newsletter. My weight has been a lifelong struggle. I learned early on to use food for comfort. I hid behind being overweight. It people didn’t like me then it was because I was big. I also used Looking at myself in that picture I am so proud of that girl for taking that first step toward help in November 05. I have come so far. I used to me so shy and backward girl. I never let anyone see the real me. I weighed 290.5 lbs when I started my journey and now I am 135 lbs lighter.