The above picture was taken in September 2008, a few months after a very special person to me passed away. It was my stepfather and he was a big influence in my life and seeing him wither away to nothing and die was one of the most heartwrenching experiences I have ever had to go through. I also found out my father had throat cancer in 2007 and he had been going through treatment. I had moved to California in 2006 so during both of these trying times I was 3,000 miles away from my family who live in Pennsylvania. To deal with the stress and depression of this horrible bundle of chaos, I ate through my emotions and ballooned to 270 lbs!
This is me now at 235 lbs:
This is me at age 16 and the weight I'd like to get back to: