That's my latest before & after pic.  The 1st pic is of me from the summer of 2013 when I still worked in NYC.  The 2nd is of me here in Cali last week, 73 pounds lighter!  Yeah, I've lost 73 pounds since last summer!  How did I do it?  I had weight loss surgery.  People ask me all the time if I would suggest they have weight loss surgery.  But I always tell them that it's a deeply personal decision.  I considered the surgery & researched it for well over a year before I actually made the decision to have it.  Everyone's story is different.  I grew up extremely slender & remained slender into my early adulthood.  But then I noticed that I was an emotional eater & dealt with my emotions by eating the feelings away.  As a result, I gained & lost weight in a very unhealthy way over the years.  Fast forward to the last 5 years...I went through some pretty trying times careerwise & personally, which resulted in me being depressed.  So naturally, I emotionally ate & gained so much weight that it started to affect my health.  I tried numerous times to lose the weight on my own, but it just felt insurmountable.  After some serious consideration, I decided to go through with the weight loss surgery.  I had the surgery in June of 2013 and am happy with the results.  I can't say whether having surgery would be right for someone else, but I can say that it was the right decision for me at that time in my life.  I'm so blessed to be in such a healthy place in my life right now--physically, mentally & emotionally.  I'm very happy.  So that's the story of how I've lost 73 pounds!  And the weight will continue to come off--slowly, but surely.  I'm not trying to be super skinny because I love having womanly curves...but I just want to get to my optimal health and I think I'll know it when I feel it.  Keep checking back because I'll keep you posted on my journey.  If you have any questions for me, email them to  Also be sure to follow me @ShelleyWade on Twitter; @TheOneAndOnlyShelleyWade on Instagram and get in my LINE by downloading the LINE app & finding me on LINE's Official Accounts page!  Thanks so much for stopping by :-)