I grew up in Poughkeepsie, New York. My family is 100% Italian, and all aspects of life revolve around food. My mom's family has a chain of 5 Italian pastry shops in the Bronx and Westchester. My dad was heavy, and so was I. In 2000 I graduated High School and moved to Grapevine, Texas, and went to the University of North Texas. In college, I put on about 40 pounds in a year. I had depression, and food became my best friend. I decided to drop out of college, and worked full time. I worked in retail, hotels, and a call center. I managed to continue gaining weight. In 2004, my dad had gastric bypass in New York, and he had great success with it. I said to myself that I would do it on my own when I was ready. Eventually I weighed 370 pounds. I decided to move back to New York to work in Manhattan, and lived with my sister in Brooklyn. Working in the city without a car, helped me to walk off about 20 pounds. I moved back to Texas the following winter with hopes to continue losing weight. This did not turn out to be the case. I put back on the 20 pounds and another 35. I was 23 years old, I weighed 405 pounds and lived in Keller, Texas. I was always exhausted, I sweat all the time, I had high blood pressure. I was borderline diabetic, I had problems with my liver, and I was scared to death. I started to research some Bariatric programs in the area. I found Dr. David Kim's program at North Hill's Hospital in North Richland Hills, TX. On May 4th, 2005, I went in for my gastric bypass. 4 and a half hours later, after a few minor complications later I woke up in recovery. I now live in Long Island, NY, and feel absolutely amazing! I am currently at 240 lbs. I went from a 56 BMI to a 33.5 currently.