I’ve always been overweight, I was a chunky baby who never really lost her baby fat until recently.
NAME : Kellie
BEFORE WEIGHT : 352
AFTER WEIGHT : 189
POUNDS LOST : 163
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE? My weight caused me to have such bad anxiety that I wouldn’t leave the house. Going out to new restaurants was out of the question, I was always afraid of chairs being able to hold my weight.
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY? I wanted to have a baby and with PCOS I couldn’t, I needed to lose weight to get my sysmptons under control.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED? I tried straight up diet and exercise but it just never stuck so after having my gallbladder removed, at my follow up appointment I learned that the surgeon also does bariatric surgery so I made a consultation appointment that day.
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS? Once on her program I immediately started to lose weight before surgery.
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART? My journey has been quite a wild ride. Just three days after my surgery I lost my only brother to an overdose, this loss pushed me into a very heavy depression that was hard to come out of and hard to not turn to my old comfort of food to handle. I’m also now going through a divorce which has not been easy either, the stress of that caused my weight loss to stall and it wasn’t until I moved out of the toxic environment and started to lose the stress of that, that my weight loss has picked back up.
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES? Being able to buckle an airplane seatbelt with out an extender, fitting on a playground swing was probably my most happiest moment. Realizing I could run and wasn’t immediately out of breath. Being able to walk into almost any store and know that something in it will fit me.
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
I am able to do so much more now like bicycling and running.
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