06/12/2013 10:11 am ET Updated Aug 12, 2013

I Lost 52 Pounds: Christina McSwain's Weight Loss Story

Christina McSwain

For me, the weight struggle has always been real. I fought the fat fight for most of my childhood, from elementary school through adolescence and the better parts my college years. I battled internally with always wanting to measure up, because I was always the fat sibling and I never looked like my popular friends who were cute and shapely. While I was fun to hang around and was always outfitted in what was "hot," I always felt that I had to try extra hard because my weight was such a heavy distraction...pun intended. I can vividly recall hearing some of the guys say "she's cute for a fat girl" or "Christina is mad cool, but she a little too chunky." I wore it well, so I thought, while masking the fact that I never felt good about who I was.