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Growing up overweight my whole life, I always found myself wondering why people hung out with me. Such is the life of the "fat girl." Always the one without a date, never able to share clothes with my friends, etc. I always avoided activities that would showcase just how overweight and out of shape I actually was. Growing up, my mom tried to make me go to "fat camp." And I remember the doctor giving us lectures every time I went in for a checkup. It was mortifying.
Unhappy with where my life was headed after college graduation, I moved to L.A. One day my mom called me and, without being pushy, told me Nutrisystem was having a sale, and since I hated cooking anyway, I should try it. At the age of 23, I'd do anything to get my mom off my back so I thought, "I'll try it; if it works I'll stick with it and if not, at least I won't have to cook for a month." I placed my order, the food came, I started the program, and the weight started coming off.
The first time I went home to visit was in late December when I had already lost about 70 lbs.* Everyone was so happy for me, and excited for this new chapter in my life. I think that people my age need to take their lives into their own hands and do something about their unhealthy lifestyles. They need to know that when they're on their own for the first time, it's the perfect time to finally be the person they've always wanted to be. I can't imagine going back to where I was.