I’m Chantelle! I’m 34 years old and live in southwest lower Michigan. I’ve been married to my high school sweetheart Doug for 10 years (we’ve been together for 18 years!) and we have three kids: Aaron, 15, Taylor, 10 and Emma, 8.
I’ve been overweight all my life, but it really started to get out of control once I started having kids. At my highest weight, I was 332 pounds. I was literally eating myself into an early grave. I really wanted to lose the weight and get healthy, but the prospect of losing close to 200 was daunting, so I pushed it into the back of my mind.
That all changed in May 2012 when I lost my mother to cancer. I realized that life was passing me by. I knew I needed to change. 13 days after my Mother’s passing, I started this journey to a healthier me. I don’t want my weight to keep me from doing anything any more. I want to live my life, be healthy, raise my kids to be healthy, and do things I’ve always dreamed of doing. I’m not going to let anything hold me back now!!