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Not What I Was

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I always suffered from feelings of not belonging and not being good enough, and I was always the biggest one in my class. When I was in sixth grade, we had to be weighed, and the whole class knew I was 250 pounds (113 kg). I wished they had hit me with a baseball bat—it would have hurt less. The whole time I was growing up, doctors gave me diets. They might as well have given me four feathers and said, “Fly!” I weighed over 400 pounds (181 kg) at my high school graduation. It would be another nine years

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