I Lost Weight: Lauren And Justin Shelton Lost More Than 500 Pounds Together
Name: Lauren and Justin Shelton
Age: Lauren 26, Justin 27
Height: Lauren 5’55”, Justin 6’0”
Before Weight: Lauren: 341 pounds, Justin: 592 pounds
How I Gained It:
Lauren: I was very emotional eater. I actually consumed food for comfort such as excitement, stress, anger or sadness that I was feeling. After going through some personal problems when I was a freshman, I started gaining weight. I continued to gain on weight until I reached 340 pounds so I accepted the fact I was obese and I stopped caring.
Justin: After a sports injury in the school, I started gaining weight. I just continued to gain until I realized that I am overweight.
Breaking Point: We needed to change because we realized just how obese we were.
Lauren: A wakeup call for me was my trip to the ER, because I realized how miserable and embarrassed I really was with myself. After that I took a hard look at myself and I decided to get rid of the excess pounds – I did!
Justin: In December 2011, I had to visit the hospital (emergency room). I was extremely heavy for the equipment needed to test my kidney infection. I had very bad experience in the hospital so that was my wakeup call. I would rather die trying to get healthy because I was tired of being obese and didn’t want to spend another second being unhappy and miserable with myself.
How I lost it: We looked to Lynn – physician assistant at a local medical center in February 2012. She was the guide to our journey. We get rid of the unhealthy food in our cupboards, we cut out high fat meals, sauces, oils, grains, bread, salt and sugar. We started consuming fresh fruits and vegetables, high protein diets with lean meats. We have eaten out only a few times in two years.
We started doing some activities, now we permanently go to the gym and we are trying to stay active in the evenings. We experienced our worst and best times during this journey. Without each other’s support, it would have been so difficult.
We can do so much more than before and our overall quality of life is better. One of the most interesting things that we’ve learned is that we learned to appreciate the little things such as: ride roller coaster, sit in normal chairs, buckle our seat belts on planes, shop at normal clothing stores. We focus on how to stay active instead of being focused around what and where we are going to eat. It was a second chance at life. We feel happy and healthy although we are not completely finished.
After Weight: Lauren 164 pounds, Justin 245 pounds.
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