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Christine Carter, 28, is a weight-loss success story, but her journey to a happy, healthy weight might look a bit different than most people’s paths. And that’s totally fine with her.

In August 2014, Carter underwent laparoscopic gastric sleeve resection surgery, and to date, has lost 150 pounds and kept it off.

Christine Carter lost 150 pounds. Courtesy of Christine Carter

Christine Carter lost 150 pounds.

“Nothing else was working.”

Christine Carter’s “aha” moment that she needed to get serious about weight loss happened in July 2014 when she attended a family reunion. She hadn’t gone in several years, but was looking forward to reconnecting with her extended family.

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“I saw my favorite uncle standing across the room,” recounted Carter. “As he approached me, he just kept walking. He didn’t recognize me because I weighed 275 pounds — I had to introduce myself to my own family. I felt like I had hit rock bottom,” she remembered.

At the time, Carter had replaced her smoking habit with a food addiction. She ate when she was stressed and was spending at least $2,000 a month eating out at fancy restaurants in Dallas.

“Portion control was my problem, I would eat three times the amount of food I should,” Carter explained. ” I was on ten medications and was constantly in the doctor’s office. I felt horrible — I could barely move or go up a flight of stairs, and I was only 26!

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