For me, my weight loss started as a mental battle. I was always large but not always obese. At a young age, I started hearing small jokes about my size. As the jokes grew, my confidence in my self image shrunk. I started seeing myself as a heavier person than I actually was. My mindset grew to be one of the more harmful elements for me in regards to my weight gain/loss. I tried multiple weight loss programs and supplements towards the end of high school but nothing was sticking for me.