WHO: Teresa Misty Mozejko, CEO and personal trainer of Whitby Fit Body Boot Camp
CITY: Whitby, Ont.
By The Numbers: 305 at my heaviest, and currently 185, total weight loss of 120 pounds
The Weight Gain: I was always fairly skinny as a kid, but when I hit puberty things began to change. I gained weight and grew to 6' pretty quickly. I was always the 'bigger' kid and was teased mercilessly as I grew into my late teens.
When I moved from the U.K. to New York, the weight gain continued. I was homesick for a while and food was always a comfort option. I remember when I moved again to Ohio, I ate Dairy Queen every night on the front stoop. I tried every diet under the sun from Atkins to South Beach to Weight Watchers. I even tried the Cabbage Soup Diet, yuck.
The Final Straw: I moved to Canada in 2002 and a couple of years after that (and after gaining even more weight) I went to an outdoor restaurant. I tried to sit down in a plastic chair that had built-in arm rests and my hips wouldn't fit. I was mortified and had to spend the rest of the time standing!
But the final straw was realizing that I needed to go and visit my family in the U.K. and I was so scared of being a passenger of my size. I thought if my hips didn’t fit into a plastic lawn chair, they sure as heck wouldn't fit into a plane seat.
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