Alicia says she began to gain weight after having kids. After her first child was born, she gained 100 pounds. After the birth of her second, Alicia carried 267 pounds on her 4'11" frame. In denial about her weight, she spent 14 years hiding from the truth. "If I saw someone else bigger, I thought, 'Well, I'm not that bad.'"
Her out-of-control eating habits—including fast food every day—began to take a toll. Alicia rarely left the house and had little energy. She couldn't walk to the park with her kids and refused to attend company parties, even family gatherings. "I felt people stared at me when we went to restaurants to eat," she says. "It's like I didn't belong there, like I didn't need to eat."
Alicia says she hit rock bottom when she was turned down for a job in the cruelest way. "I went for a job interview for a radio station and I didn't think it mattered how I looked, but the man's like, 'Look at you.' And I asked him, 'Why?'" she says. "And he said, 'You're just too big.'"