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. Today, Monifa celebrates what she calls the NSV’s — the non-scale victories. Now she can tuck her shirt in, instead of leaving it out to hide her size. She also wears a medium-sized shirt.