Transformation of the Day: Charlie lost 83 pounds. We have been following her journey since 2018, and she recently sent us an update. One of the tools she used was weight loss surgery, and she refuses to let negative comments/opinions on surgery stop her from sharing her story.
What is your current weight?
My starting weight was 331 pounds. On the day of my weight loss surgery, I weighed 315 pounds. I currently weigh 248 pounds.
How have you maintained your weight loss/continued to lose weight?
My workouts consist of cardio five times and week and strength training 3-4 times a week.
Of the lessons you’ve learned so far, what sticks out the most?
The most important thing I learned on my journey is that it is still hard whether you have weight loss surgery or not. It’s still a process. I had to meet with a psychiatrist before surgery, and I feel that is important. I had to learn, and am still learning, how to deal with stress and not use food as a coping mechanism. Whether you have surgery or not, if you don’t address your food addiction and learn your overeating triggers, you will not be successful.
Would you like to offer any new advice to women who want to lose weight?
Ultimately, you have to do what’s best for you. When I lost weight without surgery a few years ago, people still assumed I had surgery anyway. I wasn’t going to announce I had surgery this time because I didn’t want to hear the negative feedback surgery gets.
Finally, I decided it didn’t matter what anyone else thought; I had to do what I felt was best for me. We must learn to do what is best for ourselves. I feel like weight loss surgery is something that always gets frowned upon. People will celebrate a woman who gets implants, Botox, or anything else cosmetic but frown on you when you do something to improve your health. Don’t let anyone or anything stop you from being the best version of yourself.