After I got married in 2010, I started packing on more weight. I was at my heaviest, weighing in at 170 lbs and went up to a size 14. I didn’t realize how much weight I had gained until I looked at pictures of myself at a friend’s wedding. Finally, one morning as I was getting ready for work, I looked in the mirror and felt depressed when I saw someone I didn’t recognize. At that point, I decided to take control of my life. I knew the issues with my weight weren’t going to get any better, especially as I get older. I knew I needed to find a way to control my food obsession. Thus, I made it my goal to get fit for my 30th birthday. I was nervous to work out in public because I feared judgement from others. I found a small family-owned gym close to my work and I signed up with a personal trainer who promised I would drop 2 pants sizes in 4 weeks. If I don’t, he would refund my money. I did not believe him but I was ready to give it a try. That first day was tough because my body wasn’t used to any of it. I was sore for an entire week and simple tasks such as sitting or going to the bathroom were painful. I wanted to give up, but I pushed forward because I knew at least I’d get my money back in 4 weeks if it didn’t work. Each week, I became stronger and started to enjoy my workouts. I felt like I was finally starting to take control of my life. My trainer’s promise came true at the end of that month. After 6 months, I lost 25 lbs and went down to a size 4. I was super excited to celebrate my 30th birthday in my new body.