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I Lost Weight: After Being Denied Health Insurance Because Of Her Weight, Melissa Hairston Lost 140 Pounds

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Name: Melissa Hairston
Age: 29
Height: 5’3″
Before Weight: 300 pounds
Current Weight: 160 pounds

How I Gained It: I have always been overweight. As a child, I was always the “fat friend.” It was uncomfortable, but as a child I never thought it was a big deal. As a young child, I was molested by someone I thought I could trust. I was always told not to say a word or I would get in trouble. It went on for about a year. With so much pain, I would sit and eat, still hiding what had happened to me for the fear of still getting in trouble. I bottled it in for years. I told close friends in high school but never my family.

One day I was fighting with my mom and I just broke and it came out. I remember telling her it was all her fault I was the way I was. I married my best friend. We had our own house and a growing family, but I still didn’t love myself. I still was hung up on everything that had happened to me as a child. I had forgiven my mom by now but not myself. I became a stay-at-home mom in 2008 and it just got worse. I had all the time in the world to sit there and feel sorry for myself and blame myself and that’s what I did. I hid every feeling with food, never telling my husband or mom how it had hurt me just to get it out. I didn’t care how I looked or what others thought of me. Most didn’t know my story, so why should they judge me?

I finally came to terms with the fact that it wasn’t my fault. But I still didn’t stop eating. I couldn’t — I didn’t know how to.

Breaking Point: I started to have health issues in 2010. I lived with the problems for a long time, since we had no insurance. We moved in 2011 and it just kept getting worse. The pain I was in was unbearable at times. A week before Christmas, my husband took me to urgent care. We had to spend $200 that could have been for Christmas. In January 2012, I started looking for health insurance for myself so if I had more problems I would be covered. I went though five different insurance companies and answered all the questions. Every form came back denied due to my weight. I never knew insurance can deny you because of weight. I was so upset, and I now knew I had to do something to change.

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How I Lost It: The first thing I did when we got our tax refund back in February 2012 was buy a treadmill. The first thing my husband said is, “I brought this upstairs, it better not become a clothes hanger or a dust collector!” I told him not to worry. We put it together two days later, and I used it the same day. I gave myself a goal of reaching 250 pounds first. I would be happy to see that number again. I started to walk at two miles per hour. I felt like I was going to die. I couldn’t even do a mile without losing my breath. I worked myself up every week to a new speed and walking a little longer. I started watching my calories, and the weight started to come off.

A great friend from high school added me to a Facebook group of ladies trying to loss weight just like me. I started with the group at 281 pounds. They introduced me to the app MyFitnessPal. I’ve been using it ever since. I hit my goal of 250 pounds, but I still wasn’t happy. I set a new goal of 180 pounds. I hadn’t weighed that since I met my husband in 2002. I hit that goal by December 2012.

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I’m able to do things I never could before. I can walk up a hill or the stairs without feeling like I might pass out. I look at food completely differently. Foods I used to like, I don’t really care for anymore. Foods I didn’t like, I really love now. I eat fruit like crazy. Instead of sitting on the couch eating a whole bag of chips, I pick up an apple and eat that or I workout. I cook healthier meals for my family, and I know they really like it. My husband says I make food that doesn’t taste like healthy food. I do more with my kids now, like swimming and running around with them at the park. I feel more comfortable going out with my husband, and I no longer feel like he’s ashamed of me.

I think of how far I’ve come and I know I don’t want to be there again. I’m not going to let myself. I’m smaller now then I was in high school, and that blows my mind. I never thought that would happen. I want to be healthy and that’s what I am and will continue to be. My husband and the wonderful ladies on Facebook are my biggest support. They push me to do more. I can’t thank any of them enough. My journey is not over and I can’t wait to finish it and become more confident and happy with myself. My new goal is 140 pounds. I know I can do it.

Source: Huffington Post

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  1. Sherre Johnson Mullins

    August 25, 2017 at 12:24 am

    Congrats and way to go!! Proud of you!

  2. Angie Diaz

    August 22, 2017 at 2:13 am

    She’s awesome, but why in the middle of the article I had a French toasted donuts meal for IHOP advertised!?

  3. Carol L Pitts Wood

    August 21, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    Congratulations you look great

  4. Michelle Reames

    August 21, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    That’s why I started on this journey. It’s a great wake up call! Congrats, Melissa!

  5. Tammy Mohr

    August 21, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    You are awesome. Thank you for the motivation

  6. Lauri Monteyne

    August 21, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    WTG!! You were beautiful before and more beautiful now!

  7. Sissy Woods

    August 21, 2017 at 4:30 am

    Wow great job

  8. Joanne Lennon-Koronczyk

    December 22, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    Good for you! You look wonderful!!!

  9. Zetta Nganga

    December 22, 2016 at 4:31 am

    This happened to me twice in my lifetime. So thanks for this post.. It really gives me hope to press forward.

  10. Scott Solinger

    December 22, 2016 at 4:02 am

    i read your story. you look great!! 🙂

  11. Wanda Fennell

    December 22, 2016 at 3:06 am

    I’m so proud for you ! You look great !

  12. Danielle Voiculescu

    December 22, 2016 at 3:03 am

    That would definitely have been a wake up call. Great job!

  13. Candy Hutch

    May 11, 2016 at 10:31 pm

    Wow. You look amazing.

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    May 11, 2016 at 9:12 pm

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  15. Karen Enslin Dukerich

    May 10, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    You look fantastic!

  16. Arlene L McCall-Poe

    May 10, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    So inspiring, congratulations!

  17. Janis Garfield Rosen

    May 10, 2016 at 4:06 am

    You are and you look magnificent!!!! You should be so proud of yourself!

  18. Esmeralda Cornejo

    May 10, 2016 at 3:18 am

    Good work!!! You can do it

  19. Mike Bastian

    May 10, 2016 at 1:26 am

    Good job. Now comes the hard part, keeping the weight off.

  20. Dianne Suzuki

    May 10, 2016 at 12:59 am

    You look fantastic!!!

  21. Missy McCloy Lutes

    May 9, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    Awesome job Melissa

  22. Kellie Ione Wright Curtin

    May 9, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    You look healthy and happy! Thanks for sharing your story to inspire others

  23. Renee Richardson

    May 9, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    Good for you

  24. Gillian Gentles

    May 9, 2016 at 2:21 pm


  25. Karen Aydlett McMurray

    May 9, 2016 at 2:00 pm


  26. Angela Williford Helton

    May 9, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    You are amazing!

  27. Rita McCurtain

    May 9, 2016 at 12:55 pm


  28. Betty Hardin Jones

    May 9, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    Thanks for sharing your journey!! Congratulations!!

  29. Joanne Lennon-Koronczyk

    May 9, 2016 at 12:49 pm


  30. Patricia Garcia

    May 9, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    Wow you are almost there congrulations

  31. Janet Davies Siegel

    May 9, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    Looking fantastic!!

  32. Theresa Padovano

    May 9, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    Good for you congratulations on a hard job well done.

  33. Wanda Fennell

    May 9, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    You look great! Congragulations

  34. Rika Van Hardeveld

    May 9, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    WoW so wrong, but you look amazing, congratulations.

  35. Maureen Shannon

    May 9, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    You look terrific ! Congrats to you

  36. Jeanne Landolfi DeMonte

    May 9, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    You look fantastic!

  37. Michael Winston Smith

    May 9, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    Amazing. Congratulations

  38. Lysa Delefeti

    May 9, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    That’s not right!

  39. Monique Loveslouis

    October 22, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    health Insurance is a big motivator for sure.

  40. Kelly Smith

    October 22, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Wow. What am amazing story. I could so relate. I have lost 188 pounds and for the first time in my life I am not only living but participating in life. Way to go Melissa. I wonder if she has a FB page or blog. I would love to follow.

  41. Alice M Reese

    October 22, 2014 at 8:35 am

    What’s wrong with her bathroom pic? I think she looks pretty. Is it because the toilet is in the pic? So what. It’s not meant to be the focus of the picture Ramona Grover. I wish I knew the color of paint she used.

  42. Elizabeth Elizabeth

    October 18, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    Amen thats motivation

  43. DebRocka LoveZumbatoo Williams-Hangen

    October 18, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    Way to DrOp!!!

  44. Raul Montes de Oca

    October 18, 2014 at 2:22 pm


  45. April

    October 18, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Congratulations!!! I am disgusted that your were denied health insurance. I live in a state that offers free insurance depending on your income but even then we have several good quality free clinics here. Numerous weight loss clinics and insurance to cover them. We even have weight loss assistance at an acupuncture clinic for 10.00 a session one day a week.

  46. Maggi Mendoza

    October 18, 2014 at 9:32 am


  47. Mcie Monica

    October 18, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Great job, very inspirational….

  48. Helen Poirier

    October 18, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Keep on going

  49. Linda Thompson

    October 18, 2014 at 8:31 am

    I belong to TOPS a non profit organization throughout the world. I pay around 8 dollars a month to be a member. TOPS means “take off pounds sensibly”. I lost 100 lbs. http://www.tops.org/

  50. Margie Blair

    October 18, 2014 at 1:16 am

    Great job lady .

  51. Billie Sanders

    October 17, 2014 at 10:53 pm


  52. Donna Miller

    October 17, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    Look amazing!

  53. Brandy Paxton

    October 17, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    Why do people always have to find something negative to say “Ramona”? Can’t we just say great job, keep up the good work and leave it at that? And on that note, I’m so happy for you, keep up the good work!!!

  54. Anna Shirk

    October 17, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    Great job. I need to get motivated i would love to loose 90 pds. What foods do u find that are good?

  55. Jean Ware Teal

    October 17, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    Good going girl.

  56. Cheryl Browning

    October 17, 2014 at 6:36 pm


  57. Melissa Moreno

    October 17, 2014 at 5:20 pm


  58. Laura Oppenheimer

    October 17, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    To those who have the money and time – Weight Watchers is great. I love going to the meetings. They have really helped with motivation and keeping my weight off.

  59. Tiffany LovinIt Crystalene

    October 17, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Good for her. At least she isn’t like the one saying they aren’t paying get enough food stamps to eat good fresh food and that’s why she is fat

  60. Ramona Grover

    October 17, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    Happy for her. Really wish people who take pictures in a bathroom would look around before posting. Ugh…

  61. Laura Milhoan

    October 17, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    Heather MarieHeather dig deep! Get a good support group, b positive, have faith AND JUST DO IT! NO MORE EXCUSES!!

  62. Heather Marie

    October 17, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    That is awesome!! I wish I could find the motivation to get rid of my weight.

  63. Kenya Hairston

    October 17, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Inspirational…Congratulations Melissa Hairston!!!

  64. Sheila Tashiro

    October 17, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Great job 🙂

  65. Milagros Cantuarias Falconi

    March 16, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Like it

  66. Maria Gonzalez

    March 16, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    You look great

  67. Theresa Penny

    March 16, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    Beautiful! Great job!!

  68. Beshoo Alnajar

    March 16, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    You have a strong will and you are an inspiration Blessed are you’ve become very beautiful

  69. Patricia Strupe

    March 16, 2014 at 8:18 pm


  70. Estela Rosales

    March 16, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! Would you be so kind as to share the name of the FB group of women losing weight…would love to join!

  71. Linda Sue

    March 16, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    Hell yea!!! “Weigh” to go hun!!!!!

  72. Leslie Narsisian-Voss

    March 16, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Congrats dear lady

  73. Marjorie Arvedon Graber

    March 16, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    Very inspiring

  74. Kelly Mcmahonparton

    March 16, 2014 at 7:32 pm


  75. Alicia

    March 16, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    That is so wonderful! I love reading thes stories! They give me motivation to be healthier an not give up!

  76. Dawn Dalton

    March 16, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    Holy wow!!!
    Great job!!!!

  77. Tina Frye

    March 16, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    Great job Melissa

  78. Jody Garcia

    March 16, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    I would love to connect with Melissa!

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