Mom Davina Bywater was declared clinically obese when she was only 10 years old. And that did not change for this self-described "secret eater" as she got older.
"Being overweight was a part of my identity from a very early time in my life," Bywater said.
As an adult, weighing 266 pounds and wearing a size 24 dress, she thought her poor eating habits were here to stay. But in 2012, she had a major wake-up call.
Bywater was told that she needed a kidney transplant, but she was too overweight for the surgery.
"When I was told that, I suddenly felt like I was going to die," Bywater said.
Instead, she took up the challenge of losing the weight naturally by cutting out her favorite food--sandwiches. She had gotten into a routine of eating buttery toast and sausage sandwiches every day, and over time it had taken its toll.
But as you can see from the photos, replacing those carb-heavy meals with salads and vegetable curries with cauliflower rice really made a difference.
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She was able to slim down to a healthy size 8 and become fit enough for her kidney transplant. She even got small enough to fit both of her legs into one of her old bigger pant legs!
Trousers fit for two?Our picture of the day shows Lancashire mum Davina Bywater, who was told she was too overweight...Posted by Lancashire Evening Post on Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Trousers fit for two?Our picture of the day shows Lancashire mum Davina Bywater, who was told she was too overweight...
She has a message for people who feel like they can't lose weight, which is how she felt a few years back.
"I know it’s possible, because I’ve done it," she said.
PLUS: See some of the most inspiring weight-loss transformations in the incredible snapshots below.
Once her weight reached almost 400 pounds in 2014, 29-year-old Mallory Buettner decided it was time for a change. See the teacher now on the next slide.
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