I think it's great that she lost all this weight, and I hope she can keep a good bit of it off, although we've been hearing recently that it's very difficult to do. What I found interesting about this story were the comments about her husband -
Adding to her misery, Twitchell says her ballooning weight was also wreaking havoc on her 31-year marriage.
"We were literally just co-existing together, like roommates," recalled Twitchell.
"Friends asked my husband to e-mail them a picture of us. Later, I discovered that he had sent them an old photograph taken when I was much smaller. Even though he loved me, he was embarrassed at how much weight I had gained."
How has this changed her life?
"I have a marriage again," says Twitchell, who recently retired and relocated with her husband from New Jersey to their new home in the mountains of western North Carolina.
"When I finally reached my goal (weight), my wedding ring was two sizes too big. I had already had it resized twice and the jeweler was hesitant that I might lose more weight. Rather than resize it, my husband bought me a new beautiful diamond ring and when he gave it to me he said this was a renewal of our wedding vows," she recalled.
Twitchell says her husband keeps telling people that he's got his wife back. This August, the couple will celebrate their 33rd wedding anniversary and they couldn't be happier.
Maybe I'm wrong, but this certainly sounds like her husband was more embarrassed about his fat wife than concerned for her. Hey, to each his own, but I wouldn't want to be married to someone who would drift away from me for aesthetic reasons. Was he there for her while she was gaining weight? Was he encouraging and concerned? Maybe, but it doesn't come through that way in this article. I just found it disturbing the way the article comes across - their marriage was suffering when she was overweight, and now it's great because she's skinny. If she goes from a size 2 to a 10, is he going to love her 50% less?