When my final semester of college came around, I had to basically go out and buy a new wardrobe because I had to dress "professionally" for student teaching. I was physically sick at the thought of clothes shopping. Chris went with me and helped me by bringing me clothes to try on. I remember taking a bunch of size 20s into the dressing room with me and trying them on and discovering they were too big! That was one of the most unexpectedly happy moments of my life. I actually had to send him out to find me the same pants in a size 18. I felt great about myself and all that I had accomplished.
My first year of teaching wasn't all bad though. I had a lot of satisfaction from my job, and by the end of the year, I had a new last name. Chris and I were married that March, and it was truly the happiest moment of my life.
I asked Chris if he would consider trying Weight Watchers. He was iffy about it at first, with Weight Watchers not being a "guy" program. However, he told me that he would do it with me if I wanted him to. We found a Saturday morning meeting in a nearby town, and started going. My starting weight was 298 lbs, my new heaviest weight. His starting weight around 319 lbs. He did amazing and lost weight ridiculously fast. We stuck with Weight Watchers a little over a year, and he dropped around 109 lbs, and effectively put his diabetes into remission, no longer having to take any medication to maintain his blood sugar. I only managed to lose about 47 lbs. No matter what, I still couldn't break that 250 lb plateau.