Well I started to gain weight around 7th grade or so. By time I graduated high school I was up to 235lbs. I have also be the "pretty girl" but if I just lost weight. I lost some weight in 1999 when I went off to college. Got down to about 200lbs......LOVED IT!! I was comfortable at that weight around a size 14-16. Well in 2001, I had my first baby.....back up to 245lbs. By 2004, I had my 3rd child staying steady at 245lbs. In the beginning of 2006, I got up to 260's and decided to look into the WLS. Well in April 2006 - I committed to having the surgery. I decided that I wanted to live a healthier life for my kids and myself. I was only 24 year old and at 268lbs.......and it was time for a change.