A 28-year-old woman has revealed how she lost 150lbs after her middle-aged mother outshone her on a hike and made her realize that she needed to take drastic action to improve her health.
Danielle from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, had struggled with her weight since a young age, and faced cruel taunts from her classmates when she was growing up, revealing that she was told to go on diets and mocked when she had to wear a leotard for gymnastics.
‘So in grade school and growing up, I was bullied a few times,’ she told Truly. ‘I was told I should be drinking Slimfast, I shouldn’t be running around – even though running around is probably what I should have been doing.
‘I was told in gymnastics that I was too big to be wearing a leotard.
‘There were a lot of occasions where I kind of was made fun of for my weight and it definitely hits home.
‘I’ve been overweight ever since I was a kid. But I don’t think it got bad until my last two years of high school.’
Due to the bullying, Danielle became very introverted and found comfort in food, which caused her to gain even more weight.
‘My eating and drinking habits were very poor. I consumed probably upwards of 3,000 calories a day,’ she shared.
For her family, watching Danielle being treated so horribly by bullies was hard to see, with her sister, Kelsey, saying: ‘Bullies treated Danielle kind of rough.’
At her heaviest, Danielle weighed 340lbs and struggled to find clothes that fit her larger frame – which affected shopping trips with her sister.
‘We would go shopping and she would never find anything,’ Kelsey said. ‘She didn’t really have as many options as I did.
‘I guess I just didn’t realize how difficult it was for her, or how hard it was for her to find things that flattered her.’
The first time Danielle tried to lose weight was in 2015, in preparation for her sister’s wedding.
Danielle said: ‘I then weighed around 320lbs, I lost a good 40lbs for the wedding.
‘But once the wedding happened, my motivation slipped.’
It wasn’t until a hiking trip with her mom and sister Kelsey that Danielle decided to change her life around.
‘The turning point for me to lose weight was when I was on a trip in Kentucky with my mom and my sister, and we went hiking up this rock formation,’ she recalled.
‘I even had to stop and take a break and let people pass me. And it was really embarrassing.