I hope this isn't against the guidelines but...I gained like 80 pounds after my back went out - it all added up slowly over the years, and before I knew it, I was double the size I had been before all this. I have discovered Flexeril, injections, and prednisone to make me want to eat everything in site.
I started medifast in January 2012 and lost over 70 pounds in 4 months. It stayed off.
I just got 2 esi, gained 10 pounds. But I am working to get it off, and more now. I figure the more weight I can get off, the less stress on my back. I hate what this issues and medications do to fluff you up. My husband doesn't mind the fluff, really didnt want me to lose any more, but he is supportive.
And with the kids and name brands...I have found goodwill warehouses have tons of that stuff. My kids, both girls, love going to thrift stores, especially goodwill, to find amazing deals on stuff.