A woman has lost an incredible 50kg after being cruelly turned away from a bridal shop because she was ‘too fat’ for any of their dresses.
DJ Jarman, from New Zealand, says she grew up in a family that loved food and by her mid-twenties, her weight had topped to 120kg and she struggled to fit into her size 20 clothes.
But the 30-year-old hit rock bottom after visiting a bridal shop in Sydney in 2012 and was immediately told by staff that they definitely wouldn’t have anything in her size and that she would have to look elsewhere or get a dress specially tailored to fit her.
“I developed an unhealthy relationship with food, fast foods, easy foods,” DJ said. “I ate a lot of takeaways, chips, lollies, snack foods, all in huge portions.
“My body had to work so hard every day just to get out of bed, to play with my kids, to do literally anything was the biggest struggle.
“I hid from the world, a lot and would avoid busy places wherever possible. I really became invisible for almost a decade.
“After ten years of being overweight, trying every single diet out there, losing weight and then gaining it all back plus some, I'd had enough.”
In 2018, DJ decided that vertical gastric sleeve surgery was the right course of action, so in April 2019, DJ went under the knife and now weighs an incredible 63.5kg and wears a size eight.
She works out six days a week and has more energy to play with her two young kids.
“I work out every day except Sunday and I love a good cardio session, but also enjoy strength days,” she said.
“I get told everyday how amazing I look; it still makes me blush. I'm not very good at taking compliments.”
Before her weight loss DJ would usually skip breakfast and then eat a huge lunch of pie and chips, chicken rolls and snacks including crisps and chocolate. For dinner she would usually have a takeaway with an extra-large McDonald’s meal being her favourite. Her exercise routine was non-existent.
Since her weight loss, DJ typically has porridge oats with blueberries and sugar-free maple syrup for breakfast, followed by a wholemeal wrap with egg, salami and salad for lunch and chicken or steak with salad for dinner. She now does one hour of high intensity cardio and weight training six days per week.
“For those beginning their own weight loss journey, my advice would be to start small,” she said.
“Cut out takeaways and fizzy drinks first, drink more water and eat at least one piece of fruit per day.
“Also, don't be afraid of what people will say or think if you get surgical help. If you have tried everything and nothing has been successful, look into it.
“Your life is only lived once, don't waste it being unhappy and unhealthy.
“Do whatever it takes to make this life the best life ever.”
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