Transformation of the Day: Deshunta lost 130 pounds. Weighing over 400 lbs, she was faced with high blood pressure, borderline diabetes and sleep apnea, as well as physical limitations when it came to things like travel. This Zeta Phi Beta soror decided to use surgery as a tool to change her life. Check out her story.
I’ve been overweight since the year I graduated from high school. I began to gain weight after I stopped playing sports and I never changed my unhealthy eating habits. I stand 5’10” and my heaviest weight was 404 pounds.
I decided to have weight loss surgery, because I consider myself successful but I wasn’t living. I was merely existing. I had high blood pressure, borderline diabetes, and sleep apnea. I wanted to live the life I dreamed of and I couldn’t at that while being overweight. For example, I have loved sports and travel since I was a kid, but the seating at sporting events are not friendly weight you weight over 300 pounds, so I avoided them. If you want to talk about airplanes at 400 pounds, forget about it.
I had my surgery on February 22, 2017. Some people would say “it’s the easy way out”, but I can assure you that it’s not. I felt as though the weight loss surgery could give me the boost that I needed to be me again. On the morning of my surgery, I stepped on the scale and it read 391.8 lbs. Today (exactly 6 months later), I have lost 130 pounds. I weigh 260 pounds and my goal is 185 pounds! Now, I have more energy than ever and it’s amazing. I am participating in a Corporate Challenge where I am playing sports for the corporation I work for.
After surgery, I was basically on the Adkins diet. That means no sugar, no carbs and no alcohol. My diet is high in protein. Getting lots of protein is still hard because I’m not a big meat eater. I also exercised 3 times a week doing cardio. Now, I also do strength training to make sure my skin stays tight. Sometimes it’s rough to maintain, but I manage to do what I need to do to make this dream of mine happen.
My advice is to believe you can do it I felt I just needed a push. I know people that had the surgery and was right back where they were I wasn’t going to put my body through that I was going to work hard to get to where I wanna be.
Now, I feel that I’m finally living. My 33rd birthday is in October and I just booked my flight to Vegas… but of course that’s after I go to the Texas Rangers game.