I was weighing in
at my heaviest, 420 pounds. I felt sad I'm going to eat the emotional connection
that I had with it literally I knew I
had a breakup with it being told that I should
have gastric bypass surgery. I had told them
over and over again. "No, I can do this on my own." I have lost 260
pounds naturally. it still shocks me when I
see pictures then I'm like, "Is that really me?" When I started, I didn't even think
about the loose skin part of it. I mean, affects you mentally,
the way you look at yourself. You've done all this hard work. And then you look in the mirror. And all you see is
all this loose skin. We really do have a strong
emotional connection, with food. And it was, it was bad. Like I was sad. It was something I ran to food, comfort food,
mac and cheese. But wouldn't the pizza
make you feel better? you get to the point where I had such a relationship with food that it was kind of
like a second soulmate. Being 420 pounds I was being held back from so many things and just the simple things
like tying your own shoe like being out of
breath or going upstairs I'll never forget it.
I was at the
doctor's office again being told that I should
have gastric bypass surgery. I had told them
over and over again, "No, I can do this on my own." I can do this on my own. And I remember realizing more than anything
that I wanted this it was not just
going to be a diet that would change me. I have lost 260
I am so glad I stayed the course
to do it on my own, and opted out of having surgery. Tim: After a year passed and she had lost her weight and then just how much better how much more life she had. It helped remind me of, "Okay,
well this is actually what life" is supposed to be like. Catherine: He has also
started his own journey as well which makes it amazing to have somebody
doing this with you. It was really just
learning portion control, and staying away from a
lot of processed foods.
Seller: Hi? All right, you got your goodies? We like to keep it natural and it's really taught me I was not a vegetable eater. So I learned those
flavors of vegetables which are amazing. And the thing was it was getting my
body used to those. Okay, so last week you told me to get some of these
white sweet potatoes, They were so good. so I want to get
some more of these. I actually put some oregano, garlic powder seasalt on it, and then I baked it in the oven and it like roasted perfectly. My favorite salad mix, eat with them every day.
When I first started, I didn't think I was going
to be able to like finish. And now looking back
three years later, 260 pounds, it's crazy. There are days when I
have major down days where I don't want to get up. and go to the gym or … maybe a food type that
I miss or I want to eat.
Yeah, of course we're all
going to have slips up but when I mean that's
just part of the journey that's just part of life and just got to keep on going. This skirt is a size 30. I got up to 38, and when I wore
this, it was so tight that afterwards the front button popped off, like you could fit a whole
other person in there. Maybe two. There's lots of space in there. This is a reminder of me to never go back to where I was. When I started I didn't even think about
the loose skin part of it because in my mind, I didn't even know I was hoping to lose 20
pounds at that point.
And then when I
really started to tell that it was affecting me. affecting my workouts, I mean, affects you mentally the way you
look at yourself. You've done all this hard work. And then you look in the mirror … and all you see is all this loose skin, they told me that I have a good at least 20 inches that will be taken off around this whole area. My legs, I know like it makes
me kind of tear up just thinking about it. I wore almost a size six X pants. So I knew this would be
something I would struggle with afterwards. But what I didn't realize is that I would be left with not really a knee. Like,
all this skin to hold over it. And I just can't imagine being able to have a knee. I … am very nervous
about the surgery. I know it's a risky surgery, Why I did not have
the skin surgery? So we were good to go.
And then the surgeon actually noticed that there could
be something wrong. I was having, you know, lots of pain always in my upper legs. I assumed that obviously
some of its going to be from all that loose skin pulling down on my knee. When I saw a vein doctor and she was like, "you have very, very bad veins." "and we need to get
these taken care of" "before you go
under and have any" "surgery like this." It took … over 12 weeks of sessions of having veins being stripped and pulled and it was super uncomfortable,
super painful, but I just kept
having in my mind, "you're going to have your
skin removal surgery," "you're going to have your
skin removal surgery." So then when I found out that was taken away from me, it's a confidence thing that
I've had to work on, because mentally it can
get inside your head like "Here I was supposed to have
my skin removal surgery," "and now I have" "400 scars on my legs" "from being poked so many times." This was supposed to
be my victory story of the loose skin being gone.
But instead now I
get to show off. The scarrings from
something that I had, did not want,
was not supposed to happen. My sister and my mother in law wanted to do something
special for me. So they had this necklace inscribed for me and it says, "lost 260 pounds." On the other side, it says "gained a new life." I hope that next year that I am going to have
that skin removal surgery I just want to get back and be able to go back to my surgeon like I can't wait for that day
when he can evaluate me again and be like, "okay,
let's get this scheduled".
I guarantee you, anyone can do this. They just have to want it.
They have to find that fight..