Heather M. Godwin

On January 18, 1982, I was born an 8lb 10 oz baby girl.  So when I say I have been heavy my entire life, it’s the truth.  I went thru my childhood being made fun of for being overweight.  That is debilitating to a child.  I always hid my feelings with food. Fast forward 15 […]

Jillian Frizzell

“The first step to getting anywhere is deciding you’re not willing to stay where you are.” It’s no secret I’ve always been a big girl. Chin up in pictures, only from boobs up, no full body pics, or hiding in the back. Always been the “fat friend” and I was ok with it, on the […]

Shawn Depew

Here’s my story. Sorry if it’s too long, but I hope you read it anyways.  I’m not sure if I was ever a normal size kid, all I have ever known is being bigger than everyone else. In elementary school, I was the chubby kid who ate a lot. I remember being told by my […]

Penny Alligood

Well here goes … Not sure if I am doing this right but here is me in a nut shell… long probably boring read ahead…LOL I was born in Florida to Herb & Carol Nichols and yeah my name was Penny Nichols. My mom has always told the story of how I am a 1 […]

Colleen Monigton

Here is my long journey I feel the need to share with this awesome supportive group. For my whole life I’ve been wanting to change the way I live. I’ve worked hard to be where I am today. I’ve failed over and over again. I’ve gotten up, picked up the pieces and kept getting myself […]

Jacquelyn Roberson

My name is Jacquelyn Roberson after losing my dad in 2007 and in 2015 I quit smoking, I have always been over weight but I was pushing 280lbs. I spoke to my health care provider and he referred me for weight loss surgery. My mom was against surgery fearful that something might happen. I have […]

Dimarys

Here is my story My name is Dimarys, I was born and raised in Puerto Rico but I’m actually living in Philadelphia, PA. Mother of 6 girls. As a child I was never overweight. My weight problem started after my 3rd pregnancy, I thought that as soon as I had the baby I was gonna […]

Amy Cleman

Hi Family, My name is Amy and I have been asked to share my journey with you. I have always been on the heavier side, at least enough to be teased in school as the fat girl. I don’t think my weight really started to get out of control until middle school, when I was […]

Shelly Christianson

  My weight-loss story! Hello my name is Shelly. I live in Austin, MN. I have 3 kids twins that are 14 (Faith &Dillin) and my last one is going to be 13 in December (Jasmine). I have been with my husband for 20 years, married for 17 years. I’m 36. I didn’t have a […]

Tanya Dubenion

Hi, my name is Tanya and I am a 49 year old grandmother. I have actually been overweight for most of my adult life. I had my daughter at the age of 18, I was 140 lbs. I gained 60 lbs and I’ve never returned to my starting weight. Through the years my weight was […]

Mallory Davis

My story starts off by saying that I’ve been big all my life. Since I was a little girl I was always bigger. My parents separated when I was little & were always fighting and that’s when my weight started to increase. They ended up back together and separated again and back together again. This […]

Mason Weiner

So here’s my weight loss story. I love to share because I feel if I can help inspire one person to better themselves, then this has all been worth it. My name is Mason and I feel like my story starts out like most everyone else. I like to joke that I popped out of […]

Jamie Stotts

I’m living proof this TOOL can change your life! I started this journey in August of 2016. I was at my HW of 416 lbs. I was diagnosed with an eating disorder, along side depression, anxiety, borderline personality disorder, and PTSD. I was emotionally, physically and sexually abused from the age of 5-13 by my […]

Erica Fortes

My journey first started in 2008 I went to my first seminar I was 325 pounds. I was so excited I was finally going to lose weight, well my addiction to food won, I didn’t go through with it. I was dependent on food, it made me happy when I was sad, when I was […]

“Momma” Sherri Scarborough

I was sleeved 11/18/2015. I had been denied or bariatrics was excluded for several years prior to surgery.  My obesity started at a young age.  Vivid memory: I remember visiting my grandmother and my aunt, who lived next door, chasing me with a measuring tape. I was devastated and cried for days. I went on […]

Alesha Cook

Hello! My name is Alesha and I’m 23 years old. I grew up in Dallas, Texas currently in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. As a child I was always chubby and bigger than the other children so that was always hard on me. By the time I was in 10th grade I was up to 275 lbs. […]

Amanda Stottlemire

We all start our journeys at different places, I started mine at a very early age. I’ve always been the biggest in the room and even 170 lbs later, I still feel the same way. About 5 years ago I started to realize that the cycle of diets, starvation and fads did nothing. I’d lose […]

Trina Johnson

Before my surgery I weighed 317 lbs. I always fell an had health problems an talked to my family doctor about lot of stuff that was happening to me an they came up with me having the roux-en-Y surgery. An before Surgery i could eat anything but after surgery you have to eat certain foods […]

Jackie Dufalla

So here is my story My name is Jackie, I have been struggling with my weight as long as I can remember. When I was in high school I got myself down to 119lbs but did not do it in such a smart way. Starting my senior year the weight kept creeping up. I didn’t […]

Jayme Allen

I’ve shared my story before with everyone but for the newbies. Here it goes. When I was 5 years old I had a knot show up on my right shoulder that was malignant melanoma. They removed it and after I started gaining weight But ever since I was in 6th grade I’ve been bigger then […]

Brandy Sydow

My life started out like everyone else for the most part. I grew up in south Florida living either in the swimming pool or the ocean. My weekends were spent at the horse barn riding. My parents split when I was 3 or 4 and my mom was left a single parent for the most […]

Tina Lynn

I have always struggled with my weight. Weighing 245 at my Highest I was always on yo yo diets. Finally losing about 50 lbs I was at a good place. Got pregnant and gained 30lbs and ended up losing my baby.. got pregnant again 5 months later and gained 22lbs … The weight wouldn’t come […]

Mindy Doberstein

Hello, I have always been over weight even as a child. In 5th grade I was in an xl already. My uncle decided when I was 13 to take my innocence, by 16 I was a 26/28 and they didn’t always fit. I think that was the beginning to my out of control weight gain. […]

Carolyn West

I have been asked to share my story….Here goes nothing. I started this journey about 7-8 years ago. I have always battled with my weight since I was a little girl. Food has always been my best friend. It comforted me and never talks back and always satisfied the feelings I was dealing with. Life […]

Elizabeth Romero

Hello my name is Elizabeth Romero and I am 23 years old. My 1 year anniversary just passed on Sept. 26th. I got the gastric bypass RNY surgery and could not be happier with my tool! I started this journey after struggling with my weight for so long and my health hitting a downward spiral. […]

Kathy Henry

I’ve been overweight my entire life. Diets? I’ve tried them all. On July 2013, I broke my back. I under went a L5-S1 fusion, while in surgery the paddle blade broke and Dr couldn’t retrieve it without potentially paralyzing me. I still carry around the blade just inches from my spinal cord. After surgery and […]

Elaine “Laney” Key

My story starts at about age 9 when I hit puberty and my brother in law touched me inappropriately..from there at age 12 my other brother in law touched me inappropriately many times..My Mom married his Dad. Later he became abusive to my mom plus I figured out he was peeping on me when I […]

Abbey Carter

Hiya so here’s my story 2 years ago I was on 40 pain killers a day and crutches to walk any distance! My disks in the bottom of my spine were degenerating at a drastic rate and my spinal consultant said I needed to lose between 6-7 st (38 -44kg or 84-98lb) before he could […]

Sheri Linsky

May of 2015 I was having chest pain and heart palpitations and had been having them consistently for about 6 months at that point. I pretty much knew I was in afib and ignored it mostly because I was scared and I knew the answer would be ‘oh well you’re fat, lose weight and you […]

Harl Davidson

  Jump in, sit down, BUCKLE UP! The story of my life and BWL surgery get pretty bumpy at times! Hoping to encourage, inspire, and give hope to all, that seek this journey, to a healthier you, and better quality of life! Here goes! I’ve always battled the bulge, on and off heavy all through […]

“Momma” Dee Godair

  I have been overweight my whole life…I can remember as early as the age of 10 being put on a diet because I was getting too big!! Going to visit my grandma in another state and she put me on a special diet while all the other grandkids got treats…it was then that I […]

Sunshine Thomas

Hello family! I am Sunshine Thomas from Woodstock, Georgia. My journey started after I went through my divorce of a 21-year marriage. I decided that my health was the most important thing in my life if I were to be alive to be here for my two teenage children. I was to the point that […]

Gina Kowalski

  Hello Ohana! My name is Gina, I am 28 years old and I have struggled with weight since I was 7 years old. I was chubby and unathletic most of my childhood, and I remember in middle school finding a running buddy in gym class and when another kid told us to hurry up […]

Margaret Nuspliger Mueller

“A Sister, A friend, and one of the sweetest, kindest people you will ever meet” — Cassandra Crawford I found this family after surgery, and have never felt so at home with complete strangers. A little about myself. I have ALWAYS been fat. I started gaining weight at around 5 years old. I have never […]

2 YEARS STRONGER – Gail Reeves

TODAY MARKS THE TWO YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF MY SURGERY.  NOT EVEN GONNA LIE THIS HAS BEEN THE HARDEST THINGS IVE EVER DONE.  THIS SURGERY IS NOT FOR THE WEAK, ITS FOR THE STRONG. ITS FOR THOSE WHO WISH FOR MORE BUT ARE STUCK IN THE SHELL THEY WERE GIVEN. ITS FOR THOSE WHO SEE LIFE […]

STRUT PROUD IN THE LIGHT

Life’s not black and white….. Our journeys aren’t black and white…..Its not one or the other…….or all or nothing…….it’s colorful….like a peacock…….you CAN have it all….like a peacocks plume, it’s about color balance. It’s bright, it walks with its head high. It’s unique, it’s YOUR STORY! WRITE IT! OWN IT! LOVE IT! HATE IT! JUST […]