Meet Kirby McGregor: a beautiful young woman who, at 28 years old, was told she had swelling in her brain.
It was this health complication, among a range of others like a blood clot and the removal of her gallbladder, which “scared her straight” into changing her lifestyle for good.
“The swelling in my brain could have turned into a embolism. It was very serious,” the Australian woman, who at her heaviest weighed 320 pounds, told The Daily Mail.
Another #transformation photo. I don't have many "before" pics as when I used to have photos taken most got deleted straight away as I was never happy with myself. I found these from my holiday in Europe June 2016. Cannot believe how far I've come and 44kgs lighter. Feeling so confident and happy. #weightlossjourney #healthylife #transformationtuesday #eventhoughitsnottuesdayorthursday #weightlosstransformation
“Before, I was eating KFC almost every day. I would have it four to five times a week,” she admitted of her past habits.
“Portion control was the biggest problem too. I didn't know when to stop eating.”
A relationship fed her bad habits, her confidence took a hit and before she knew it, McGregor had gained 66 pounds in just 12 months.
In August last year, the self-professed explorer was fitted with a gastric sleeve. The surgery was complemented by drastic changes to her regime, and soon enough McGregor had adopted a healthy, balanced diet and a regular workout routine.
Now, the blonde is documenting her journey on social media. While she’s the first to admit she’s feeling “happier and healthier” on the road to her best self, she acknowledges that she still has a little way to go.
“I don't touch KFC,” she told The Daily Mail. “I couldn't even dream of eating it anymore, it makes me feel sick.”
Going on, McGregor reveals her plans to lose another 45 pounds. “I'm going to keep going,” she says.
We wish Kirby the best on her journey to her best self yet.
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