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Gail knew it was time to do something about her weight when her oldest daughter Lindsay told her how worried she and the family were about Gail's health, fearing they might lose her if she didn't make a big change. She also began taking medication for diabetes this past summer. Gail was born and raised in Bowling Green, Ohio with a younger brother, and she survived polio as a toddler. By age 12, Gail was 5'10" and her height, coupled with some weight gain as a teenager, made her feel like she was on the sidelines in her teenage years. She wasn't obese, but her weight kept her from being her best. Gail attended Bowling Green State University with a triple major in special education, learning disabilities and elementary education. After college, she got in the best shape of her life, but after she married her husband of 32 years, Tom, the weight came on slowly every year. Now 57 years old and 322 pounds, Gail has three adult children, a two-year-old granddaughter and a busy career. She looks forward to losing the weight so she can travel with her friends and family more comfortably, run a 5K, and go white water rafting, canoeing and kayaking.