Akilah Monifa wasn’t a foodie until she lost 222 pounds. She started with small changes. She gave up diet soda first. At her heaviest, Monifa weighed over 400 pounds. She says there was no one moment when she realized she needed to lose weight. While making dietary changes leading up to the surgery, Monifa started to lose weight. This photo was taken about a month before she had the operation. On the day of the surgery she was down to 330 pounds.