This week, we celebrate the successful Weight Loss of Kelly Mawby.
Here’s her story:
I came to “That moment…” sitting in my doctor’s room when she handed me a pile of paperwork being a referral for the dietitian, a referral for the diabetic educator, and a repeat prescription for high blood pressure… that’s when it all hit! Sh*t, I am 43, 2 small children, a loving husband – I need to make some serious changes in my life if I want to live longer and be around for them. They needed their rock, and I needed them. My greatest fear was for them to see me in the ICU unit being fed and kept alive with a hose in my mouth! That was not what I wanted. It was at that exact moment I knew I had to make some changes and those changes needed to be then!
Obesity runs in my family. Its plain as day – we are a family of over-eaters, eat to celebrate, eat for happiness, eat for boredom, eat for sadness. That is just one of the reasons why I opted to have my sleeve.
I have always been a big girl, depressed, unhealthy, no motivation and feeling unattractive! I needed this to show not only myself but my family that changes could be made to our lives for the better. I have a 4-year-old daughter who I do not want to see grow up with the same upbringing that I had – I don’t want to see her be ‘the big girl’ and have the same battles that I fought with for most of my life! I want her to be able to look up to me, and not realise that it’s not all about looks but being healthy and living an active lifestyle!
This was just not one of my whims, I actually sat down and wrote pages (and I mean, pages!) on the reasons why I needed to make these changes in my life – things like lack of choices of clothing, my size is the reason for holding me back, lack of confidence, to being puffed after just tying my shoelace, etc.
Deciding to have my sleeve was not only one of the biggest challenges I had to overcome even with the support of my family and few friends that I had chosen to tell, but I was doing it on my own – I was doing this, I had this in the bag! I had never travelled on my own, yet caught a plane on my own or been to Queensland. On Wednesday 15 November 2017 I left Broken Hill for Brisbane… First flight was delayed, I started to bawl… It’s a sign, I am not meant for this, but once I put my big girl pants on and pulled myself together and thought “Grow up, its just a flight delay!”… My Operation was on Friday 17 November 2017 – Surgery went well, Recovery was awesome – No problems, no complications! I took everything in my stride – I had this!
49kgs lighter today – my goal is for 60kgs which I will get there – I have joined the gym, and many Fitbit challenges – and LOVE both! (This is one thing I never thought I would say!). I could never have seen myself doing this 12 months ago. I find the gym helpful not only beneficial for my physical health but mental health as well.
Its still hard to comprehend mentally the ‘before’ me – I don’t ever want to go back there or be that person. I found the biggest hurdle with my transformation was not my stomach but my head! It’s not only the things that you eat you have to change, but the way you think about eating and the reasons that you eat, and using that food for good not evil!
I am not afraid to tell people about my transformation…although I do joke around and say that I have tapeworms! Seeing people’s reactions to this is the best! One of my influences was a previous ”success story” from WLSA – I previously had the pleasure of working with her, and have followed in her footsteps! She has been my go-to, and my inspiration! I could not thank her enough for her raw advice and motivation during good and bad times – this has made my transformation much easier to deal with. And saying this, my transformation has influenced a current work college to proceed with bariatric surgery to improve her life and well-being. So I feel what WLSA has done for me I am now advocating on to others.
I now enjoy my ‘new’ life – I have more energy, a new sexier wardrobe, and my kids now have an active mum! (And the husband loves it too! He he) I loved being a walking-talking advertisement for WLSA – I can only highly recommend their services too. Always there for encouragement and advice, this is highly appreciated!
Kelly Mawby – WeightLoss Warrior
Thank you so much for sharing your story with us. A 49kg loss is a massive achievement and you should be so proud of how far you’ve come. It is lovely to hear how the positive changes you’ve made have affected those around you as well and that you’ve inspired someone else to change their life for the better. It is clear that family is so important to you and how wonderful it is to know that through the changes you’ve made your little ones will have their mum around for a long time to come!
Congratulations from all of us at Weightloss Solutions Australia.
Stephnie Van Diemen, Medical Receptionist of WeightLoss Solutions Australia
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*Disclaimer: Results may vary for each person