A morbidly obese mum who was too heavy for her doctor’s medical scales has revealed how she dropped a staggering 94 kilograms.
Just 18 months ago, Australian mum-of-one Holly Smith was mortified after her doctor’s medical scales could not physically weigh her 208kg, size 32 frame.
The 37-year-old from Adelaide was forced to go to a nearby hospital to be weighed on ‘special scales’ that could accommodate her size.
After opting to have a gastric sleeve in December 2016, Holly has since shed an incredible 94kg while dropping seven dress sizes.
And while she is still working at getting to her goal weight of 85kg, Holly’s confidence has skyrocketed after flaunting her sleek new body in a pair of size 16 skinny jeans for the very first time.
After being obese her entire life, the mum avoided weighing herself at any costs – with her only previous recorded weight being 156kg [while nine months pregnant with her son Lachlan, now six, in 2011.
Holly said the weight slowly crept up on her after giving birth, as she turned to comfort eating family-sized blocks of chocolate and super-sized KFC meals almost every day.
“I couldn’t believe I was too big to weigh myself on normal scales,” said Holly.
I was embarrassed. But I had been overweight my entire life.
I’ve tried all the different diets out there. They had a short-term effect, but it would never last.
I’d lose a little, but then just end up stacking all the weight back on.
It can be challenging raising a child with special needs, so I took to comfort eating.
Holly reveals the turning point came when she accidentally tripped on one of her son’s toys at night.
“I actually suffered a hair line fracture on my coccyx bone, if I had been a normal weight, it wouldn’t have been a huge issue,” she said.
“But because I was so obese, when I fell it was far more dangerous.
“The next day I began researching about gastric sleeve surgery.
“I booked an appointment with a local specialist and I started to feel positive about the future.
“But my whole world came crashing down when I stepped on the clinic scales to be weighed.
“It just kept coming up saying error. I couldn’t understand what was wrong.
“Then my doctor told me they only went up to 200kg, and I’d have to go over the road to the hospital to get weighed on their special set of scales.
“I was mortified. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing.
“Then when I discovered I was 208kg my heart just dropped, and I burst into tears.”
Holly decided to undergo gastric band surgery, and was put on a strict diet that replaced all her meals with diet shakes before she could go under the knife.
With her body in detox and the mum admitting she felt sick “all the time” due to her sugar addiction, she lost 19 kilograms in less than three months, and had the surgery in December 2016.
It saw her lose an incredible 61 kilograms in the first six months following the procedure, with Holly giving up her previous chocolate and KFC binges for good – instead opting for a low-carb diet full of lean proteins, leafy green vegetables, fresh fruit and healthy fats.
Now the mum has a personal trainer and works out at the gym four to six times a week, with a mixture of cardio, weights and high intensity interval training.
“I started to feel really amazing after joining the gym in July 2017,” she said.
“I’ll never forget buying my first pair of skinny jeans.
“They looked incredible. I started crying tears of happiness right there in the store.
“My entire world has changed now that I’ve lost the weight.
“I’ve learnt to love my body and all that it can do. It’s amazing.
“I’ve never been happier. I feel so alive.”
Breakfast: Mighty McMuffin meal with large full fat latte with 3 sugars (900 calories)
Morning tea: Muesli bar (200 calories)
Lunch: Large 3 choice Chinese and fried rice (usually honey chicken, sweet & sour pork and Mongolian beef) with a 600ml coke (1,500 calories)
Afternoon tea: King size chocolate bar or a packet of chips with another coffee (500 calories)
Dinner: Meat, vegetables and pasta but the portion for 2 people (1,500 calories)
Dessert: Chips or cheese and crackers or chocolate croissant (400 calories)
TOTAL: 5000 calories
Breakfast: Mushroom, bacon and wonton quiche with a long black coffee (150 calories)
Morning tea: Beef stock in water (7 calories)
Lunch: Smoked chicken with boiled eggs, and protein dip with veggie sticks (300 calories)
Snack: A piece of fruit (80 calories)
Dinner: Thai chicken salad (280 calories) No Dessert
TOTAL: 817 calories
– Additional reporting by Caters News
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