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I Lost Weight: Theresa Borawski Wanted To Control A Painful Health Condition And Lost 276 Pounds

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Name: Theresa Borawski
Great success story! Read before and after fitness transformation stories from women and men who hit weight loss goals and got THAT BODY with training and meal prep. Find inspiration, motivation, and workout tips | I Lost Weight: Theresa Borawski Wanted To Control A Painful Health Condition And Lost 276 PoundsAge: 49
Height: 5’8″
Before Weight: 428 pounds

How I Gained It: I have always battled with weight issues and grew up in a family where food was the focal point of every gathering. I had gained and lost weight a number of times in my younger years, but by my mid-30s began to accept the reality that I would always be overweight and became less concerned about what I ate.

In 2003 and the years to follow, I experienced a significant number of losses in my life. First, I lost a job that I loved and devoted myself to for 15 years. I moved 200 miles away from friends and family to begin a new job. Shortly after my move, I lost two very significant men in my life: my grandfather and my closest friend. I was with each of them as they took their last breaths. The grieving process began, but was compounded by the loss of my new job due to funding cuts. Soon I found myself unemployed again. I was far away from family and close friends and began to fill the void with food. I think subconsciously I was trying to protect myself from getting hurt again, so I created a barrier of weight around me to keep others away.

I was in a lot of emotional pain, but was suddenly feeling a tremendous amount of physical pain as well. There were days when I could hardly walk, and none of the medications and treatments prescribed by various doctors seemed to help. About a year later, I was finally given a positive diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis, but by that time, the pain was so great that I could hardly move. My initial treatment involved medications that made me vomit and feel sick all the time. The doctors prescribed several different medications, but none of them worked. I tried to cope with the pain, the realization that there is no cure for RA and that I would likely end up in a wheelchair before my 50th birthday. To deal with it all I ate more. I developed an addiction to peach soda, drinking at least two liters a day. Those extra calories and my lack of physical movement began to pack on the pounds.

The heavier I got the more pain I experienced. Before long I weighed more than 400 pounds and was dependent on an electric wheelchair, wheeled walker or cane to get around. The physical pain was overwhelming and there came a point when I could hardly take care of myself.

Breaking Point: I began to have several “epiphany” moments after my beloved grandmother died in January 2011, including a conversation in late February with my rheumatologist. During a routine check-up, I informed him that I couldn’t live with the pain much longer. He told me that he was at a loss as to what to do for me because we had already tried multiple medications with little relief. His words, “I think you ought to be less concerned about living like this, and more concerned with just living,” really hit home. I left his office thinking if he couldn’t do anything for me, perhaps I had better do something for myself.

A couple of days later, on March 1, 2011, my sister called me to tell me that she had been scheduled for bariatric surgery. We had a rather tense conversation in which I begged her to reconsider the surgery; I was very afraid that something would happen to her and was opposed to her proceeding that way. She told me she had made up her mind and was going to have it. Well, that was the beginning of my journey! I hung up the phone, stated out loud, “I’ll show you,” opened my refrigerator and proceeded to dump the two-liter bottles of soda down the drain. I then dumped the contents of the sugar bowl in the trash, and from that point on, I never looked back.

How I Lost It: I didn’t follow any specific diet plan, but rather focused on calories. I began to read labels and purchased a calorie counting book off of eBay. I became extremely conscious of the number of calories I was accustomed to consuming on a daily basis, and began to limit my intake to around 1,000 to1,200 calories each day. I ate three meals and a snack, and started drinking a large amount of water with sugar-free flavor packets. I consumed between one and two gallons of water each day. The weight began to fall off at a rapid pace. Because I was over 400 pounds, it took a lot of calories just to eat, sleep and breathe, so when I started shaving about 3,000 to 4,000 calories off my usual intake, I began to lose weight very quickly. These immediate results kept me motivated.

Now, I am a totally new person. Although I still have RA (it never goes away), my symptoms have improved dramatically, and I no longer depend on a mobility device to get around. My motorized wheelchair sits in my office at work with a sign that says “Theresa doesn’t live here anymore” as a reminder that my motivation was to walk again. I no longer have to order clothes from a catalog and can shop in the Misses section and wear more stylish clothes. For the first time in my entire life I am at an average weight for my height and not considered obese. My medication needs have been reduced dramatically, my blood pressure has stabilized and I only need serious pain medications when the RA flares up. I’m not sure who this new person is when I look in the mirror, and I’m a work in progress, but I am so grateful to have been given this second chance at life. I am a walking, talking miracle and a participant in life as opposed to a spectator.

After Weight: 152 pounds

Source: Huffington Post

Originally posted 2014-02-07 05:58:52. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

157 Comments

  1. Linda Dearing Ward

    August 18, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    Theresa you cousin I think is my chiropractor (Nicholas Odette) he told me today if you can do it so can I. HELP ME please. I am 54 and my weight is 388. I have 2 kids at home and 1 married with my beautiful granddaughter. I want to live

  2. Terri Sot

    July 30, 2017 at 6:57 am

    TRUELY FANTASTIC!!! WTG!!!!!

  3. Tammi Nethery McGee

    July 30, 2017 at 12:26 am

    Amazing! Thank you for sharing you look fabulous!

  4. Elia Lopez

    July 29, 2017 at 2:27 am

    Congratulations you did a tremendous job, good luck and you look great!

  5. Maureen Carr

    July 29, 2017 at 2:18 am

    Congratulations you’ve done a great job good luck to you

  6. Jackie DiGilio Christian

    July 29, 2017 at 1:05 am

    You are the greatest. You for filled ur dream you look beautiful

  7. Michelle Glickstein Orkin

    July 28, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    Thanks for sharing this story.

  8. Kristie Mahoney

    July 28, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    Missy Hoover

  9. Karen McNeil Sondag

    July 28, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Amazing!!

  10. Dayle Gladney Alidor

    July 28, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    Inspiring and AMAZING! Congratulations!!

  11. Monica McDonald

    July 28, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    Awesome job girl !!!!!

  12. Sissy Woods

    July 28, 2017 at 11:28 am

    Wow great job.

  13. Jessica Deshazo

    July 28, 2017 at 8:41 am

    Wow ! I love how she Turned it into mind over matter .amazing job.

  14. Dianne Suzuki

    July 28, 2017 at 7:19 am

    You look fabulous…..congratulations!!!!

  15. Rosie Scrimizzi

    July 28, 2017 at 6:53 am

    inspirational, congratulations on your amazing effort

  16. Barbie Jean Holowell

    July 28, 2017 at 5:32 am

    Epic

  17. Patty Marcotte

    July 28, 2017 at 4:52 am

    Way to go!!

  18. Theresa Padovano

    July 28, 2017 at 4:20 am

    Congratulations to you

  19. Victoria Kodak

    December 16, 2016 at 7:03 am

    Seltzer is so much more delicious with no sugar or sweeteners.

  20. Denise Schaffer

    December 16, 2016 at 2:57 am

    Wow, congratulations!

  21. Carol L Pitts Wood

    December 16, 2016 at 1:02 am

    Wish I could lose 70 pounds

  22. Theresa Padovano

    December 15, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    Congratulations on your weight loss a job well done

  23. Julie Dozois Dupuis

    December 15, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    Amazing..

  24. Pat Sudak

    December 15, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    such a great thing you have done! It is a lot of hard work!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. Janet OBryant

    December 15, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    Awesome! I hope to do is one day!

  26. Rose Luscinski

    December 15, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    God bless you and thank you for sharing

  27. Joanne Lennon-Koronczyk

    December 15, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    Wow!!! You are amazing!!!

  28. Anne Clapp

    December 15, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    Love to see people so happy and break free! So inspirational. Obese people are labeled as “gross” or “lazy” and people dont realize theres usually a much bigger reason. Were all human and while some people drink, pop pills, smoke to medicate their pain some people eat. Good for this woman

  29. Dawn Walters

    December 15, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    That is absolutely amazing! I love the part about the sign on the wheelchair!

  30. Lori Devers Brulo

    December 15, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    Congratulations! 11 months ago II too gave up soda and lost 18 pounds. I don’t eat pasta or breads and very little sugar! All natural foods!! Well done!!

  31. Denise A. Wilson

    December 15, 2016 at 10:46 am

    Daralynne Wilson

  32. Sarah Reusse

    December 15, 2016 at 10:37 am

    Amazon results! Congrats

  33. Kim Cameron

    December 15, 2016 at 10:16 am

    Amazing story. I also have RA and have found it difficult to lose weight over the years.

  34. Jeanne Belisle

    December 15, 2016 at 10:05 am

    bravo

  35. Mary Capasso-Newman

    December 15, 2016 at 9:47 am

    Wow ! Truly amazing! Love your story! An amazing job ! Your look unbelievable!

  36. Joseph Gillen

    December 15, 2016 at 9:44 am

    awesome job

  37. Jessica McDonald

    December 15, 2016 at 9:41 am

    You go girl!!

  38. Joanne Howard Ireton

    December 15, 2016 at 7:26 am

    Fantastic. I’ve recently lost 70 lbs. I need to lose at least 100 more to get to a healthy weight for my height. I’ve gone off track and have put on a few pounds over the last couple of months. Thanks for giving me the motivation and inspiration to get back on track. I am determined to get to my goal weight of 140!

    • The Weigh We Were.com

      December 15, 2016 at 11:45 am

      I know you’ll reach your goal! 🙂 ~kat

    • Jo Jo Holbrook

      December 15, 2016 at 4:36 pm

      That’ll be my ideal goal weight too I’m getting there slowly but surely it’s coming off

  39. Michelle Helton Floyd

    December 15, 2016 at 6:46 am

    Amazing. I’ve lost 112 lbs by giving up soda, breads and sugar. I exercise regularly too.

    • Joanne Howard Ireton

      December 15, 2016 at 7:21 am

      Congratulations!

    • The Weigh We Were.com

      December 15, 2016 at 11:44 am

      That’s awesome! When can we see YOUR story on The Weigh We Were.com?? (The submission link is on the blog 😉 )~kat

    • Michelle Helton Floyd

      December 15, 2016 at 12:44 pm

      The Weigh We Were.com of ice never thought about it. I’ll think about it.

  40. Mel Blue

    July 14, 2016 at 3:47 am

    very encouraging can I exercise due to injury but need to lose weight thank you for your story any tips feel free to send them to me

  41. Dianne Suzuki

    April 26, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    You. Look. Fabulous!!!

  42. Meghan Cleary O'Reilly

    April 22, 2016 at 2:49 am

    Great job!!!!

  43. Debra Willingham

    April 22, 2016 at 1:49 am

    James May Sr.,she gave up sodas. I’m convicted. Lol

  44. Yvonne Ward

    April 22, 2016 at 12:44 am

    My goodness, these photos took my breath away and I gasped out loud. Your resolve and committment to losing weight is amazing. Well done and many congratulations!

  45. Kim Robinson

    April 22, 2016 at 12:18 am

    you are amazing

  46. Aris Drayton-Vaughan

    April 21, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    Wow!!!!

  47. Barbara J Fields

    April 21, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    I’m on my 2nd time quitting sprite. So far the cravings r less.

  48. Debra Texeira

    April 21, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    Congratulations on your amazing weightloss. What an accomplishment!! You look wonderful!!

  49. Janet OBryant

    April 21, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    That’s awesome! We are on our journey now as a family I hope we do good! ☺

  50. Phyllis Blottenberger

    April 21, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    What an amazing great job! The love you have for your sister is greater then the love you had for food or yourself, your an inspiration! Blessing to you always!

  51. Tracy Barry

    April 21, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    Good for you for taking back your life!!!

  52. Theresa Padovano

    April 21, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    I’m so happy for you congratulations for all your hard work it paid off.

  53. Joanne Howard Ireton

    April 21, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    Thanks for sharing your story. Nothing tastes better than having good health and the ability to walk without assistance. Inspiring!

  54. Sue Hunter

    April 21, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    Congratulations! Very inspiring to everyone!

  55. Denise Schaffer

    April 21, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    Congratulations on your amazing transformation. I know it wasn’t easy but look at you now! Wow

  56. Deborah Kinsey

    April 21, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    Amazing transformation!

  57. Wanda Ivette Colón

    April 21, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    But it was only with diet or bariatric surgery was??

  58. Janet Davies Siegel

    April 21, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    You look fabulous!!

  59. Yolanda Reed-ludd

    April 21, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    Congratulations

  60. Kina Foster Theivagt

    April 21, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    Incredible story and motivation!

  61. Sandra Casias

    April 21, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    Incredible!!! Your life changes looks amazing on you!

  62. Kim Cameron

    April 21, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    What an amazing transformation. I also suffer from RA and have found it hard to lose weight over the years due to my medications.

  63. Malta Nelson

    April 21, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    Wow,she is truly an inspiration.

  64. Rika Van Hardeveld

    April 21, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    Wow congratulations, great job.

  65. Gayle Robinson Siegel

    April 21, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    You are a role model!

  66. Patty Marcotte

    April 21, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    Wow! Awesome job! You give me hope for myself

  67. Lauri Monteyne

    April 21, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    Wow you look great! I really identified with your story. It’s time for me to give up pop again. Thanks for the inspiration!

  68. Natalie Lanning

    April 21, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    Congratulations on your hard work to achieve your goal. You are an inspiration to me and I’m sure other too.

  69. Joanne Lennon-Koronczyk

    April 21, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    Sharing your story

  70. Lisa Daniels

    April 21, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    Incredible.

  71. Missi Sherman

    April 21, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    That’s awesome. That will be me in a year hopefully.

  72. Barbie Holowell Hutchens

    April 21, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    Fantastic

  73. Yvette Dubuc

    April 21, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    So happy for you. You go girl

  74. Mary Ellen Willsey

    April 21, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    Amazing

  75. Monique Mullin

    April 21, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    (y) Congrats!!!! 😀

  76. Meagan Fritschy DiMario

    April 21, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    awesome job!!!!

  77. Jeanne Landolfi DeMonte

    April 21, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    You look GREAT!!

  78. Joanne Lennon-Koronczyk

    April 21, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    Wow!!!

  79. Barbara Sharp

    August 12, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    so proud of this lady.shes beautiful.i have a lot of admiratation for people who try.

  80. Melissa Moreno

    August 12, 2014 at 2:16 am

    Awesome

  81. Mahtsealyah Moore

    August 11, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    Great job I am encouraged

  82. Susie DeLoach

    August 11, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    Wow!

  83. Carol LoGiudice

    August 11, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    OMG! what an amazing accomplishment! God Bless You, Theresa!!!

  84. Becky Lingle Adams

    August 11, 2014 at 8:48 am

    As I am eating the last chips in a bag…
    I feel happy for this person
    Disgusted with myself
    Our stories are similar
    All of my doctors say I can’t lose this weight (420pds) without gastric surgery. I am too heavy, my metabolism does not function correctly…
    I would love to know more about her journey.
    I have pretty much decided I will die this way.
    This weight is my prison.

    • Christy

      August 12, 2014 at 1:11 am

      You can escape that prison Becky. I believe you can! Good luck!

  85. Margo Williams

    August 11, 2014 at 8:47 am

    What an awesome story

  86. Joanna Lima

    August 11, 2014 at 4:49 am

    Awesome ,♡

  87. Indira Kanikella

    August 11, 2014 at 12:45 am

    Wow no words

  88. Theresa Day

    August 10, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    Wow

  89. Linda Hanson

    August 10, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    conratulation, you are just perfect.

  90. Janice Becker

    August 10, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Awesome

  91. Ronald Davies

    August 10, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    Gratz!

  92. Courts Blair

    August 10, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    Wow. My mum was as big but passed away just a few weeks after some really great weighloss progress. These stories inspire me. I’m happy for anyone who chooses to better there health and bodies by loosing weight and not just for vanity and bikini comps.

  93. Mike Lucejko

    August 10, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    Very Impressive !!

  94. Reba Denley Thompson

    August 10, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Great going!! You have inspired hundreds! Aren’t you proud?

  95. Barbara Ann Harakal

    August 10, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    Amazing!

  96. Christine Ahearn French

    August 10, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    What happens w all the excess skin?

  97. Susan M Hanks

    August 10, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    So inspiring!

  98. Arkilia Holliday

    August 10, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    Amazing

  99. Beth Miller

    August 10, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    Unreal!!!!!! amazing job!

  100. Shannon Aldrich

    August 10, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    I love this:)

  101. Paulk Judith

    August 10, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    You go girl!!!

  102. Gail Rae Stewart

    August 10, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Wow great job!

  103. Nancy Richter

    August 10, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Congratulations!!! You are a true inspiration for all of us. You could have taken the easy way and had surgery but you didnt! So proud of you!

  104. Jeanne Hare Gruver

    August 10, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Wow! Way to go. You look fantastic!

  105. Janet Null-Meyer

    August 10, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Wow, you look fabulous

  106. Lillie Locklear

    August 10, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    Way to go Theresa you look great!

  107. Jenn Wichita Zabawa

    August 10, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    Congrats!

  108. Joanne Lennon-Koronczyk

    August 10, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    Wonderful!!!

  109. Alan Haugen

    August 10, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    Awesome !

  110. Cheryl Rager-Rousell

    August 10, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    wow great job

  111. Donna Gray

    August 10, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Awesome

  112. Ana O'farrell

    August 10, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    Woww ,nice ! 😉

  113. Ebony Soblessed Sweeting Kelley

    August 10, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    You look amazing! I am so proud of you! Very inspiring to me on my journey. Thank you.

  114. Jennifer Conrad Nielsen

    August 10, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Very awesome!

  115. Valerie A Shelton

    August 10, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    You go girl.

  116. Kimberly Stedham

    August 10, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    way to go.. you look fabulous

  117. Christel Fannin-Cline

    August 10, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Amazing and inspirational!

  118. Jennifer Rabquer

    August 10, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    you look amazing

  119. Daphne Wallace

    August 10, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    Congrats

  120. Christopher Stevenson

    August 10, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    the only way to really slim ,treat carbs as fuel not a treat

  121. Karmie Gibson

    August 10, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Yes

  122. JoAnne Dueffert Briscoe

    August 10, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    A true success story! I don’t think I have ever seen/heard of a transformation as awesome as yours! Congrats Theresa on getting your life back!

  123. Deb Timm

    August 10, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    Major kudos to you girl! Makes my 53 look like nothing 🙂

  124. Stephy Lynn

    August 10, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Wow!!!!!! Allison Dumas Dara Mallory Joy Crandall Lovie Malonebaker

  125. Michele Zabs

    August 10, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Great job!!

  126. Roberta Germain

    August 10, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    That is amazing congrats

  127. Anna Cooke Anderson

    August 10, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Amazing story!

  128. Marcela Rebeca Rojas Casanova

    August 10, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    OMG Good job

  129. Mely Gloria Garcia

    August 10, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Amazing!!!

  130. Jessica Costello

    August 10, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    That’s amazing!

  131. Julia Noelle Grizzard

    August 10, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Thanks but why was my comment deleted?

  132. Maria Clockpuntocuarentatencuidado Olmo

    August 10, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    Amazing!

  133. Jackie Wofford

    August 10, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    BRAVO WONDERFUL AND I KNOW FROM EXPERIENCE YOU FEEL A LOT BETTER !!!

  134. kaitlyn

    August 10, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    Did you have surgery to remove the extra skin I was like you I lost 160 pounds with more to go but I have alot of extra skin you look good but no matter how much exercise you do wouldnt get rid of all the extra skin. But you do look fantastic

  135. Tina McCluskie

    August 10, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    very motivational. I am currently 270lb and have 110lb to lose to get into the ‘normal’ range. I just need to push myself to start and not give up :'(

  136. Suzette Skinner Dye

    August 10, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Ya, what about the excess skin? Lol

  137. Joni Prout

    August 10, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Just another inspiring story to keep me going. Theresa you make me smile and know I can do this.

  138. Felecia Pratcher

    August 10, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    She looks great

  139. Julia Noelle Grizzard

    August 10, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    What happened to her skin though?! Did it shrink that much on its own or did she have to have some surgically removed?

  140. Linda Larsen

    August 10, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    Very inspiring!!!

  141. Melissa Hughes Hudson

    August 10, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Wow!! Awesome!!

  142. Tim N Crystal Estes

    August 10, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    That’s awesome!! Go Theresa! Congrats 🙂

  143. Sherna Carr

    August 10, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    That’s awesome.

  144. Casey Petrin

    August 10, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Hell ya!!!!!!!!

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