A 25-year-old woman was left unrecognizable after shedding more than 130 pounds in an extreme makeover she started after overeating began taking its toll on her health.
Bek Godden from Gold Coast had been eating unhealthily ever since she was a child. According to the 25-year-old, Pepsi was always like “water” to her and her parents never told her to eat vegetables.
Despite running an unbalanced diet, Bek managed to stay in good shape thanks to regular engagement in tennis practice.
“My poor eating habits that had always been there really only caught up with me once I left school and I wasn’t exposed to regular exercise or sport,” she admitted in an interview with FeMail.
Before she realized it, Bek’s weight spiraled to a whopping 255 pounds. After she was diagnosed with elevated blood pressure, the 25-year-old knew that it was time to ditch sugary drinks, sweets, and chocolate and change her lifestyle.
Since her decision to turn a new leaf, Bek managed to drop 136 pounds. She now feels healthier and more confident in her own body than ever before.
“My turning point would definitely be after I was diagnosed with hypertension (high blood pressure) and I became aware that I had put on weight,” Bek admitted.
“However when I started regularly exercising and eating healthy, after a couple of months, I hadn’t lost any weight.
“I was suffering palpitations quite frequently and was at risk of a heart attack. I was 22 at that point and that was terrifying. That’s when I knew I had to do something drastic to get my life back on track.”
When other methods failed her, Bek decided to have a gastric sleeve surgery in an attempt to save her life.
“I actually did have a few people tell me they thought it was the easier way out and ‘no one should resort to surgery just to lose weight.’
“But until you’re faced with your own mortality because of your weight, you’ve tried everything else with little to no result, it’s hard to imagine being so desperate to want to resort to removing 80 per cent of your stomach just to save your own life.
“If anything I have told people to avoid this surgery unless they have exhausted EVERY other option as it has been by far the most difficult thing I have EVER done in my life.
“You unfortunately don’t wake up post operation and you’re skinny and just eat less. You still have to put in the work to lose the weight and you still very much have the same ‘fat’ mentality as you had before the surgery.
“For example, I would still want to eat the same portions, and because I could eat so little, I completely lost my passion and desire for food.
“I don’t stick to a diet as I don’t want to limit myself or risk falling back to a place where food is dominating my life so I just make sure I make healthy choices.
“There is always a healthy alternative when making meals and it’s just about being creative and planning ahead.
“As far as exercise I mainly attend gym classes (body pump, RPM and boxing classes are my favourites) as I find the structure and guidance forces me to push myself more and I definitely feel more accomplished after a class workout.”
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