How I Gained It: I've struggled with my weight since the end of my Navy career in 2006. I was eating out at least once a day. My normal lunch was chicken nuggets or a burger, a large order of fries and a large sweet tea with refills. We went out for dinner or got takeout at least four nights a week. I consumed about 10 high-calorie drinks per day, like Coke, beer and Gatorade. I would get more calories from drinks in a normal weekday than I get now from food and drinks together. I would also have at least a few sweet snacks a day, like candy bars, cookies, chocolate ice cream or doughnuts.
Breaking Point: At the beginning of the year, I couldn't run anymore. My clothes didn't fit. My belly had gotten so big I couldn't bend over far enough to clip my own toenails, and I was even having trouble tying my shoes.