A lady who was declared obese to an extremely unhealthy extent has lost a staggering 250 lbs.
of weight and has got 10 lbs. of skin removed.
For Corey Hyland, being obese was as old as the color of her hair and eyes – she was always obese.
Find out more of Corey’s story below.
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Even as a child, Corey used to consume whole loaves of bread and still used to be hungry. She described her overeating patterns as “hardwired differently.”
During her teenage years, Corey was declared by doctors to be “morbidly obese.” Instead of doing something about that, she just stopped looking at the weight scales. She doesn’t know her exact heaviest weight but recalls it was somewhere above 400lbs.
However, 10 years ago, Corey decided to transform her body and her life. She made changes to her eating habits and started a healthy lifestyle. But it was not until she started her workout with a personal trainer that she actually started to lose weight.
As a result of her hard work, commitment and the assistance of her dedicated trainer, Corey lost 250 lbs. and got surgery to have her 10 lbs. of extra skin removed.
Talking to Barcroft TV, Corey said: “I always thought that it would be impossible for me to lose any weight, I just thought that that was my life, being morbidly obese.
“Pretty much every morning before I get dressed, I will look at myself in the mirror because it’s just such a strange thing for me to see that I just don’t have all of that stuff hanging there anymore.”
Corey can only remember herself as an obese person with an overeating disorder no matter how long she looks back into her life.
The New Yorker, 34, said: “There’s never not been a time when I wasn’t overweight.
“I definitely think that I am hardwired differently from how normal people eat. When I was a child, I would eat an entire loaf of store-bought bread and then I would eat something after that.
“I do think that sometimes my overeating was just a way to comfort myself.
“I think it was kind of like a cycle, I was eating because I was overweight and I was overweight because I was eating so much.”
By the time she was a teenager, doctors had already told Corey she was morbidly obese and that’s when she stopped wanting to know her weight.
She said: “I was told that I was morbidly obese in high school.
“I remember going to the doctor and the doctor weighing me, I know it began with a four but after that, I just never kept track.
“It’s possible that I avoided knowing how much I weighed because even though I just thought that it would be my life being that heavy, it’s not something that you want to hear, like you know it’s not good for you.
“I think my obesity definitely held me back. I spent a lot of my formative years alone, so when people are out dating or having any sort of romantic life, flirting, any of that, I wasn’t the type of person who was proud to be overweight.
“I know that there are people out there who are totally confident in their bodies and in their skins and that’s completely fine but I wasn’t one of those people, so it definitely held me back.”
Corey made the decision of transforming her body a decade ago but had little hope that she could ever be able to lose all the weight she had accumulated.
But as it turned out, she proved to be a fighter and won her fight against obesity.
She said: “I was in my early 20’s, about 23 or 24. I started making changes to my diet, not to lose weight, but just to be a bit more healthy because I always thought that it would be impossible for me to lose any weight, I just thought that that was my life, being morbidly obese.”
Corey’s transformation journey was not a smooth ride. She tried hard, shed a bunch of pounds and then there were relapses and setbacks.
She fought with it over and over again and her real transformation started only after she started her workout under the supervision of a personal trainer a few years back.
Corey added: ”The big dramatic turning point, was when I started working with my personal trainer, Nansi. In the last 18 months I lost the last 100lbs.”
Nansi, Corey’s trainer said that Corey’s transformation was not only a physical one.
Nansi said: “So when I first started training Corey, Corey was really shy. And we would train one on one in a place that there weren’t other people around.
“And that made a huge difference. And now we train in a space that has loads of people, and it’s amazing to see the confidence change in her.
“I’m so proud of her and what she’s done. It’s really amazing.”
Even after losing all that weight, Corey was depressed about the disfigured body she was left with because of her extra skin.
Corey said: “I think I always knew that I was going to have excess skin but I didn’t know the extent that it would affect me. There was a particular moment where I just realized that this was not the feeling I expected to have.
“I realized that this was actually making me feel worse because I had envisioned what I would look like in my head and I did not look like that.”
Corey couldn’t wear the tight-fitting clothes she loved because of the extra skin she was left with.
To get rid of that, she decided to have surgery by the end of last year and flew to Atlanta where a surgeon removed extra skins from her abdomen and arms.
Corey recalled: “The surgeon estimated that he removed approximately 10lbs of skin.
“When the bandages first came off, the first thing that I noticed was how completely flat my stomach was. After all the years of having all the excess skin there, just seeing nothing there was going to take a moment for me to get used to.”
Corey still forgets that she can now wear small size clothing and said that it will take her some time to realize that she is not “morbidly obese” anymore.
She said: “It is just kind of like a surreal thing for me to have none of that excess skin just folded over.
“It’s going to take quite a bit of time for me to use the fact that it’s just not there. My mind and my body are not really matched up with each other yet.”