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I Lost Weight: The ‘Mortifying’ Moment That Inspired Natasha Bunby To Lose 168 Pounds

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Name: Natasha Bunby
Age: 31
Height: 5’5″
Before Weight: 299 pounds

How I Gained It: When I was 15 years old, my best friend Cara died of meningitis. I was absolutely devastated. She was so well-loved among our group, and I really struggled to cope. I’d never had a weight problem before, but suddenly I was turning to pastries and chips for comfort. At around the same time, my legs started giving way underneath me. It would take more than a decade before doctors finally diagnosed me with multiple sclerosis.

In the meantime, I became a secret eater. My friends would always wonder why I was getting so big, because I’d sneak chocolate and chips only when I was on my own.

I was a single mom to my son Deon when I met Marc in 2002. He didn’t seem to mind my weight; he loved me for who I am, not my size.

We got married and the wedding day was supposed to be the happiest day of my life, but in truth I hated the way I looked. I didn’t even bother to go to bridal shops for a dress; I went online and ordered one from a plus-size company.

Marc and I had suffered through five miscarriages since we’d been together, but in January 2008, our longed-for baby boy finally arrived. I was relieved and delighted, of course, but it’s difficult to be completely happy when you’re that heavy — especially because people can be cruel. One night, I went to a crowded bar with friends and someone shouted, “Watch out, wide load coming through!” I went to the restroom and cried, and after that I stopped going out. I became something of a recluse.

Breaking Point: In 2010, I was admitted to the hospital for six weeks to deal with complications from multiple sclerosis. One day when my mom was visiting, she and the boys took me outside in my wheelchair. While mom was pushing me, she lost control on a slope and I ended up stuck in a bush. I was so heavy that my mom couldn’t pull the wheelchair out of the hedge, so she had to ask someone passing by to help. It was, without a doubt, the most mortifying thing that has ever happened to me.

Back at the hospital, my oldest son seemed unusually quiet and sad. I asked him what was wrong and he said, “If you’re going to be in a wheelchair from now on, and you’re too heavy for people to push you, how are we going to take you out?” That was the turning point for me. I knew that when I got out of the hospital, I’d have to do something about my weight once and for all.

How I Lost It: After several months of physical therapy, I decided to join Slimming World, which is very well-known in the U.K. and is now available online across America. At first I was worried about joining a weight-loss program because I have a mobility issue. But on Slimming World’s activity program, called Body Magic, members are encouraged to increase physical activity at their own pace, to take small steps toward a more active lifestyle. For me, that means just walking to the end of the street or taking a pile of laundry up the stairs. Even that can be a real achievement, and I need to remember it.

The support I felt (and continue to feel) at Slimming World was also a key to my success when other programs have failed. I definitely wasn’t treated as “different” because of my disability; we’re all there for the same reason, after all: to lose weight. I was given the tools to choose for myself how to make changes in my life and health, rather than following a specific plan that wouldn’t have worked in my circumstance. Feeling empowered in that way — and feeling encouraged each week, rather than criticized — has helped my self-esteem tremendously.

After the first week, I’d lost five pounds. And I’d eaten so much food — but the difference is that it was all healthy. For example, instead of eating fattening snacks, I’d make homemade hummus or fat-free yogurt and fruit. My whole family is eating the same meals as I do, such as Slimming World-style roasts. I’ve since lost 168 pounds, and I’ve finally gotten back my sparkle that was lost so many years ago.

Since losing weight, I’ve discovered inner strength and courage that I never knew I had. I hope my story inspires other people with disabilities. Even if you’re not completely mobile, you can lose weight and change your life for the better.

After Weight: 131 pounds

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Source: Huffington Post

Originally posted 2017-02-18 18:35:01. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

46 Comments

  1. Denise Schaffer

    January 15, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing. You are very brave and inspiring ❤

  2. Kathleen Neal Carr

    January 15, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    Awesome

  3. Shannon Staton Titshaw

    January 15, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    Congratulations! You look marvelous! Wonderful accomplishment!

  4. Gloria Sigala

    January 15, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    Jennie Gallegos

  5. Lauri Monteyne

    January 15, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    You are such an inspiration! God Bless you! I want to cry because after reading your story I know that I can beat my addiction to food. Two years ago I lost 113lbs on my own but have since gained a lot back. I have been sooo depressed. Your story has sparked something in me and I think I’m ready to start again :). I wish we could be friends. Keep staying strong!

  6. Hannah Woods

    January 15, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    A long struggle and a well deserved accomplishment! Great job!

  7. DH Humphrey

    January 15, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    U go Natasha girl u look great!! God bless

  8. Sue Norton

    January 15, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    Incredible transformation! ❤️

  9. Theresa Padovano

    January 15, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    Congratulations

  10. Natasha bunby

    September 24, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    From Natasha:

    Thank you all for your beautiful comments , I decided to share my story because I wanted to give hope to others who are on a weightloss journey or are about to start one , I’ve kept the weight off for two years now my mobility has seriously got worse but I’ve still managed to keep the weight off and I still go to my group each week 🙂 good luck to you all with your own personal journeys xxx

  11. Nancy Digenova

    September 3, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    congratulations Natasha God bless you and good wishes for you and family

  12. Rebecca Coyne

    September 3, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    Congrats!! I know how hard this is do .been there.im sure you feel awesome!

  13. Shawna Williams

    September 2, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    congrats your so pretty.

  14. Juanita Henderson Flannery

    September 2, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Natasha Faith

  15. Ma Azucena Pastolero Conde

    September 2, 2014 at 9:42 am

    wow good job

  16. Linda Martinez-Rosario

    September 2, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Impressive! Congrats

  17. Kate Long

    September 2, 2014 at 7:26 am

    these stories are always great!

  18. Lesley Ansell

    September 2, 2014 at 5:41 am

    This gives me strength to carry on, every morning I wake facing chronic fatigue, spinal stenosis, arthritis and more over the last 20 odd yrs, I’ve gained nearly 100 pounds mostly due to medication but I’m #alsoonmyweightoo

  19. Margie Cordova

    September 2, 2014 at 5:16 am

    Encouraging!

  20. Colette Qualls

    September 1, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    Thats awesome

  21. Leah H Smith

    September 1, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    <3 her story

    https://m.facebook.com/GettingFitStayingHealthy4Life

  22. Hydr-8 Water Bottles

    September 1, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    Great transformation!

  23. Susan M Hanks

    September 1, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    So awesome!

  24. Leticia Rodriguez

    September 1, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    Thank you very much for sharing this wonderful story. It inspires me to keep going. Losing weight with a disability is so difficult, but I recently found, not impossible. Thanks again!

  25. Paula Marie

    September 1, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    Awesome! You rock!

  26. Tina Williams Derhammer

    September 1, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    OMG! YOU LOOK GREAT! GOOD JOB;) You are a true inspiration; ) Thank you for sharing!

  27. Billie Sanders

    September 1, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Awesome!

  28. Joanne Waltz

    September 1, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    OMG thank you so much for sharing this story. I’m from England living in the US, I see so many of my friends at home going to slimming world and have lost so much weight. I had no idea there was one in the US thank you, and such a great job, this story may have given me what I need to get back on my feet thank you again.

  29. Mindi Anderson Griffin

    September 1, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    This is so encouraging, I also have MS and am in a wheelchair often. It is very difficult for me to exercise due to getting overheated & dizzy. I hate the way I look but I get worse every time I work out

  30. Joanne Lennon-Koronczyk

    September 1, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    She is beautiful and inspiring!

  31. Deb Timm

    September 1, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    You go girl!!!

  32. Chris Sanders

    September 1, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    So proud of you!

  33. Kayti Guzman

    September 1, 2014 at 1:54 pm

  34. Bambi Craft

    September 1, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Thank you .I have actually done it before .but just fell off the wagon .Lol I thank you for all encouragement!

  35. Lucy Wong Rainey

    September 1, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Amazing and inspiring!!!

  36. Bambi Craft

    September 1, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Sooo Lovely .Im taking my first steps today .Im in Chronic pain from RA and would love to start feeling better starting weight 210 lbs so I figure a walking regimen and eating right will get me where I need to be .wish me strength.

  37. Mindee Beth Gonzalez

    September 1, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Holly Neff

  38. Keyana Mallory

    September 1, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    I’m wowed and inspired! #onmyweightoo

  39. Sherri Long

    September 1, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Amazing

  40. Jamie Parker Green

    September 1, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Done!!!!! 🙂

  41. Preston Cody

    September 1, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Congrats to this woman! Geez… I wish I had that much determination but temptation gets to me too easily.

  42. Lorna Kacsmar

    September 1, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Total inspiration! I’m glad Natasha’s story was shared!

  43. Jennifer Kleinsorge Szarejko

    September 1, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    What a hard to story to read! But a wonderful ending! So very happy for you!!

  44. Indira Kanikella

    September 1, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Wow no words

  45. mary

    March 25, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    You ARE an inspiration. Reading stories like yours keep me going. Thank you!

  46. nicole

    March 25, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    I love this story! I struggle with chronic pain…this story is so encouraging and inspiring!!!

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