Growing up, I was on the slimmer side, but once I hit puberty, I slowly started putting on weight. My freshman year of high school, I was 140 pounds, but by my senior year, I’d climbed up to 180 pounds. Things only got worse once I started college. Although I was teaching a figure-skating class twice a week, I gained what I call the freshman 50. My energy was low, I was always tired, and I found myself having to take the elevator just to go up a floor. My family noticed how rapidly I was gaining weight and encouraged me to see a doctor. That’s when I learned that I have an under-active thyroid. That contributed to part of my weight gain, but my poor eating habits were also to blame. When the weight continued to stick even once I was on thyroid medication, I assumed it could be my birth control, so I visited my doctor again in April of 2015. As I watched the scale in my doctor’s office move past 200 and inch toward 250, I realized it was time to make a change.