Name: Barbara Brick

Age: 76

City: Danville

Recent doctor visits found my weight climbing slowly from 125 pounds in 2006 to 140 pounds in 2013. I blame some of the gain on a lack of exercise, a new chocolate shop in town and the availability of wonderful neighborhood restaurants. Add to all of this, a snack before bed put on unwanted pounds. I like wraparound skirts, so I was moving buttons and not having to purchase new clothes as I slowly climbed the weight scale.

In three months I lost 27 pounds and look great! I am now 113 pounds. No one has noticed much because I like wearing loose clothing. I am back to what I weighed in college.

How did I lose weight? Think "white." I cut out potatoes, rice, bread, pastries, pasta, buttered popcorn and loaded up on salads, veggies, mineral water, iced tea and something sweet each day to satisfy myself. And I didn't snack. When out to dinner, I now order a light meal: meat, vegetable, salad and water or iced tea. I haven't deprived myself, and I don't feel hungry. I add chunks of chicken to salad and have started using "lite" salad dressings. I add pasta in moderation for a treat. Adding spices for flavor makes the meal more interesting. I never once counted calories.

A few people are beginning to notice I am thinner, and I am quick to calm any fears that I am ill. I'm doing great. I just didn't think I was going to shed all the weight that I did.

Have you lost a significant amount of weight, or did you finally lose those stubborn last 10 pounds? If so, we'd like to hear your story. Tell us in 400 words or fewer about your weight-loss journey. Send your stories to mross@bayareanewsgroup.com with the subject line "weight loss story." Include your name, age and city and a contact phone number. Also, send before and after pictures in JPG format, if available.