Alida Dreyer, from Sydney, Australia, was told the devastating news she was unable to conceive due to her weight
She was bullied at school, which led to self-harm and suicidal thoughts.
And, at 13, Alida was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), which causes weight gain.
But her boyfriend of three years ditched her after a doctor said her weight would make it a struggle for her to conceive in 2016.
She said: “I always wanted to be a mother. When I was 23, I was trying to have a baby and was told that I would not be able to conceive at the size I was.
“A month later my toxic relationship ended, and my world came crashing down. I was stripped to the absolute core and forced to take a look at myself.
“From that day on I decided I had to learn to love myself.”
So, the finance service analyst decided to fight the flab.
She ditched the fast food for healthy home-cooked meals, and started to exercise more.
Alida, from Sydney, Australia, managed to drop 6st 4lbs and lost another 5st 12lbs through vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG) surgery.
In total she lost 12st 2lbs within just one year and now fits a UK dress size 8.
She continued: “Most people are kind about my weight loss they tell me I’m an inspiration and they congratulate me for losing so much.
“Some people even tell me it can’t be me in the before picture. They even tell me I must be lying, and it can’t be real.
“I am strong, I am confident, and I am worthy. I believe that I’m worthy to live a life that I want to live, a life that I am proud of.
When I look into the mirror now, I smile. I love each of my scars, they tell a different story of strength and of overcoming my demons.”
But recalling her weight gain, she said: “I have always been the ‘big girl’ ever since I can remember.
“Whilst I could blame having ‘fat genes’ from both sides of my family or PCOS from aged 13, I was still given the tools to live a lifestyle that would prevent weight gain and chose not to use them.
“It was my addiction to food that lead to my weight. This addiction was fuelled by a difficult relationship with my mother who reminded me I was fat and shouldn’t be eating the foods I was.
“I couldn’t even walk 100m without my calves cramping and chafing so bad I bled.
“Besides my own family calling me fat all the time, other people said things like ‘You have a pretty face for a fat girl’ and ‘You’d be pretty if you lost weight’ and people sometimes made ‘Thump, thump, thump’ noises behind me. I was horrified and ran to the bathroom crying.”
Source : https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/incredible-transformation-woman-dumped-toxic-21406858