I read an article recently about how when a person was overweight and lost weight, they are perceived as less attractive than they would have if they had not ever been heavy. I know after I lost alot of weight in the past, I was left with stretch marks and flabby skin, in particular my belly and sagging breasts. This made me feel very self conscious, as I could never be the person who had never been fat because I had the scars of proof on my body. I lost weight then mainly for my appearance, but now I am losing it for my health, to be there for and a good example for Logan as well as to be a good steward of the environment by not overconsuming resources.
This is me in 2003, shortly before meeting Paul (not at my fittest, but close). I had finished losing alot of weight in 1998 and struggled a bit when doing my Master's thesis in 2001-2002 to keep my weight down (it's hard to fit in vigorous exercise when you are trying to finish your work in order to graduate on a deadline and work full time at the same time). After school was done, I focused on myself again. But Paul and I got in the comfort zone once we were a couple and both put on the pounds. Several health problems and 3 surgeries for me made it that much more difficult for me to exercise. However, I do admit that I didn't eat as healthy as I had or do easy exercises as much as I could have.