In fall of 2015, Liz received an invite to her 20th high school reunion. "As I scrolled through the list of names on Facebook — people I hadn't seen or thought much about for a couple of decades — I remember feeling a hot wave of anxiety rising through my chest," Liz said. She started to question whether she'd even go, because even after all these years, she was surprised to find she still had feelings of inadequacy.
Liz had tons of achievements she should have felt proud of, like graduating college with honors, becoming a lawyer, and getting married. "As I saw all those familiar names from the past, it all felt as if none of my achievements would be noticed or acknowledged, despite everything I'd done to become the woman I am. I was afraid all anyone would see was how big I was, because I felt like that's all anyone had ever seen," Liz admitted.
For a few weeks, Liz toyed with whether to RSVP. "I ultimately decided that my insecurity over the whole reunion was less about them and more about me, and it wasn't in my nature to back down or slink away in shame and hide."
That's the day Liz began her weight-loss journey. It's the day she realized she was all out of excuses and that a better course than not showing up to the reunion would be to change what she felt was still holding her back after all those years.
Liz was a little over 260 pounds at her heaviest. She was able to drop 105 pounds in about two years, and here's how she did it.