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Rachel Saintfort was all the time assured, so her weight — which hit 200 lbs. by the point she was in highschool — didn’t actually trouble her.
“I used to be by no means that one that let my weight get to me,” the Lakeland, Florida native tells PEOPLE for the 2018 “How We Lost 100 Lbs.” situation. “Everyone knew me to be that woman that was large, however all the time took care of herself.”
But Saintfort, who says meals was her “bestie,” continued to realize weight yr after yr. She added the “freshman 75” in school, after which extra weight after she gave start to her daughter in 2007. She additionally developed lymphedema in her legs, a build-up of fluid from an excessive amount of salt and never sufficient motion.
“I panicked — I used to be like, ‘This shouldn’t be regular,’ ” she says.
Saintfort tried dropping pounds and consuming extra healthfully, however in some unspecified time in the future she would all the time hand over.
“I might yo-yo,” she says. “I might all the time get the primary 30 lbs. off, and for some cause at 30 lbs. I might mess up, and I might say, ‘Oh my god I simply freaking ate a burger, it’s over. I’m simply achieved.’ ”
But in January 2017, her daughter, now 10 years outdated, bought within the automobile and stated classmate had known as Saintfort “fats.”
“She regarded so unhappy, and he or she’s making an attempt to behave prefer it wasn’t a giant deal. At that second it hit me that she’s struggling, and he or she’s being picked on or laughed at due to my laziness or my unhealthy decisions,” Saintfort says. “That undoubtedly impressed me to get it collectively, as a result of I didn’t need her to really feel that means.”
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The case supervisor determined to chop out quick meals and soda — this time for good — and began doing day by day Three-mile walks across the lake in her city.
“I spotted that I’ve bought to by no means give up, irrespective of what number of instances I mess up,” Saintfort says. “If I’ve a soda — oh nicely, hold it going, you’re human, you’re gonna mess up.”
She additionally began documenting her weight reduction journey on her Instagram account, @Ms100Lbs, and set a purpose to drop 100 lbs. When Saintfort hit that quantity lower than 12 months later, she was emotional.
“I cried,” she says. “It was an incredible feeling. I nonetheless don’t really feel prefer it’s actual, however getting on a aircraft and placing your seatbelt on with out feeling prefer it gained’t match, or going up a flight of steps is gorgeous to me. I imply, I used to wish my daughter to placed on my footwear.”
Plus, Saintfort says, dropping pounds has strengthened her relationship together with her daughter.
“To have your individual little one be pleased with you is a sense you may’t clarify,” she says. “It’s so wonderful, and I used to be capable of present her that should you set a purpose you may obtain it — you simply must hold preventing.”