Though this is the first time Valerie has chosen to diet in public, she says her weight has always been an issue for her. "I have obsessed about my weight in some sort of way all my life," she says. "I used to write in my journal what I weighed every day."

It's an ongoing process, but Valerie says she has finally started to let the obsession go. "It's still, for me, very new. This is the longest I've ever kept weight off before," she says. "I'm still thinking: 'Wow, is this really happening? Am I going to be able to do this?'"


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