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,’ the project manager said. ‘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.’
However, a turning point came when Holly tripped on one of her son’s toys one 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 underwent gastric sleeve surgery in December 2016 and is now half her size.
‘I’m thrilled but the next step is to undergo excess skin removal,’ she said.
‘I have about 8kg of skin that will be removed from my stomach. Then they will just tighten everything up. I can’t wait.’
Holly was put onto a strict diet before her surgery that replaced all her meals with diet shakes, losing 19kg in two-and-a-half months.
After surgery she gave up the 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 4-6 times a week, with a mixture of cardio, weights and high intensity interval training.
‘Before I had the surgery, it was really hard to stick to the measly shake diet,’ she said.
‘I was addicted to sugar, so my body was detoxing. I felt sick all the time.
‘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