Mia is now down 330 pounds. Check out her latest update.
Updated 2014: Mia’s (Marqkria) story is one of our fav weight loss success stories! Check out her story in the 2014 Half Their Size edition of People Magazine on page 90 and find out how she lost 323 pounds. When she was 19, she weighed 407 lbs. When she got pregnant she gained about 65 pounds, bringing her weight to 472 lbs. She was also on Good Morning America and Inside Edition!
Original post 8/9/2013: Today’s featured weight loss before & after story: Mia lost 260 pounds over the course of 4 years after dealing with her weight since childhood. Here is what she shared with us about losing the weight:
My motivation came from me wanting to take control of my life. I was never a small child growing up. When I was 5 years old, I weighed 76 pounds and I suffering from a narrowing blood vessel in my heart and had surgery to correct it. From then on my mother did not want me to be to active she was afraid I would have a heart attack. So, I basically stayed in the house a lot and ate myself heavy. By the time I was 13 years old, I weighed 172 pounds. I was picked on all the way through my school days for being heavy. By the age 19, I weighed 346 pounds. My doctor once told me I was borderline diabetic and that I was going need a respirator at night. He was afraid that I would die in my sleep. He also said that I would not live very long if I continued on the journey I was on. I was talking blood pressure and cholesterol medications. Not enjoying my life at all, that was the changing point for me.
I did not get serious until my early twenties. By that time I was 407 pounds. I started off by taking a nutrition class to learn how to eat. My biggest problem was that I did not know how to eat. The class taught me about portion control. Afterwards, I began to walk for exercise. I would start off at just 15 minutes a day. Because of the pressure of the weight on my knees, I could not walk for long. After a week of changing my eating habits and exercising I started to see my weight fall off. My mom has been my biggest inspiration to keep myself healthy. Once she found out how dangerous my weight was, she helped me the whole way get to a healthier me.
To make a long story short, my starting weight was 407 pounds. Now, I weigh now 147 pounds (I bounce between 146 and 148). I am now a 5k runner. I look for runs between Columbus, GA and Alabama to be a part of to run for a cause. I have completely changed my life and I am not on a diet. This has been a complete lifestyle change for me. I eat based on my daily dietary needs and follow the food pyramid to a “t”. LOL. My complete transformation took about 4 years. It was very slow, well-proportioned weight lost. It came off very slowly but I have enjoyed the process. The whole time I’ve been watching myself transform little by little. Recently, I have started doing P90X and I am picking up some muscle tone. I can’t wait to see my final results.
Check out her blog: obesitykure.blogspot.com