I started out at 374 pounds. I didn’t even realize how big I actually was. I can remember going to a Memorial Day party at the lake. I was around a lot of people and got stuck in the picnic table. I cried from such embarrassment. I broke 5 chairs. I remember I was at my uncles house and sat in his plastic chair on his porch and it broke into pieces. I couldn’t go to the mall and shop like a normal person because I’d give out of breath and had to stop at all the benches. I couldn’t fit in seat belts. And when I slept I woke wake up gasping and choking for air. It was so scary. It felt like I was being smothered. My little nephews wanted me to play with them but I was so big I couldn’t. As of April 9th, 2012, I have lost 160 pounds. I am now at around 214 pounds but my goal is to be under 200. I am trying so hard. It is the absolute hardest thing I have ever done, to try to lose weight. But thank God for my surgeon, Dr. Blaney and dietitian Bryn. Without them I could not have made it this far.