At her heaviest in 2014, Christine Carter was constantly feeling unhealthy. At only 5’5, she weighed almost 280 pounds and felt depressed. Quitting smoking had led her to swap her nicotine addiction for a food addiction; she now needed to have weekly medical checkups and relied on 10 different medications to get through the day.
Carter was also in an unhappy, controlling relationship with a jealous boyfriend. “Being overweight, I didn’t feel I deserved anything better… Instead of dealing with my feelings, I was eating them. I would wake up and eat all day long; sometimes I would eat in the middle of the night.”
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Barely able to walk up a flight of stairs, she desperately tried diet after diet, but nothing worked.
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Finally, Carter decided to try Vertical Gastric Sleeve surgery, which removed 70 percent of her stomach and led to an initial weight loss of 50 pounds–but the weight immediately crept back up, she says, because she wasn’t addressing her problem of emotional eating.
“I had a wake-up call when I realized I was going to be a weight loss surgery failure.”
She decided to find a coach and mentor at Hero Training Center who helped her work on not only her diet and fitness, but her mental well-being as well. Gradually, she was able to shed more than 140 pounds–and now she’s half her former size, with a newfound confidence level that allowed her to end her unsatisfying relationship and excel further in her career.
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“As the pounds came off, I slowly but surely uncovered the confident, dedicated, hardworking woman that was there all along but that was too shy and afraid to be exposed,” says the 28-year-old from Texas, who says she barely recognizes herself when she sees old pictures. She eventually also underwent a tummy tuck to get rid of saggy post weight loss skin, and now makes healthy eating and exercise a normal part of her routine.
“I’ll be honest: working out isn’t my favorite thing in the world to do, but I am faithful and consistent,” she said.
Her powerful advice (which she also shares from her Instagram account) to others who want to slim down?
“Pick one bad habit-and fix the one thing. By committing even this one tiny thing, it begins to build confidence and trust in yourself that you can and you will do what you say you are going to do. Learn to love the struggle, and the results will come.”
PLUS: See 12 celebrity weight-loss transformations that’ll make your jaw drop!
Kelly Clarkson Weight Then And Now
The beloved singer's weight has fluctuated since she won American Idol, but she's gotten into kickboxing. That's her on the left in 2015 before getting pregnant with her second child, and on the right in October 2016.
Weightloss Melissa Mc Carthy
The hilarious actress has reportedly lost a whopping 75 pounds since 2014, all thanks to a new workout regimen and diet. via Getty Images
The singer has lost quite a bit of weight since 2013. She credits eating healthier as well as quitting smoking to her slimmer physique. via Getty Images
Gabourey Weight Loss
The "Precious" actress secretly underwent weight loss surgery back in 2016 after being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Months after the procedure, she continues to lose weight. "I have a goal right now, and I’m almost there," she said. "And then once I’ve got it, I’ll set another. But my starting weight and my goal weight, they’re personal. If too many people are involved, I’ll shut down." via Getty Images; Instagram
Weightloss Jessica Simpson
Her weight has gone up and down over the years, but since having two nearly back-to-back pregnancies, she's shed the pounds through Weight Watchers. via Getty Images
Weightloss Miranda Lambert
The country star has lost 20 pounds since 2013, significant considering her tiny frame. via Getty Images
Weightloss Shonda Rhimes
The TV producer has lost more than 100 pounds since 2012. She credits eating much less food and smaller portions of food to her success. via Getty Images
Weightloss Mariah Carey
The diva is known for her fluctuating weight. But since 2013, it's estimated that she's lost about 45 pounds, thanks to a personal chef. via Getty Images
Weightloss Jennifer Hudson
Since 2008, the singer has lost more than 80 pounds and has kept the weight off by watching what she eats and by being active. via Getty Images
Weightloss Kirstie Alley
The actress has had ups and downs in her weight loss journey, but since 2010, she's lost a solid 50 pounds thanks to Jenny Craig. via Getty Images
Weightloss Mo Nique
The comedian has shed 80 pounds since 2008, and she has her family to thank for motivating her to try different exercises, including hula-hooping. via Getty Images
Weightloss Sara Rue
Sara Rue has lost 50 pounds since 2009 thanks to Jenny Craig. And she's kept it off! via Getty Images
Weightloss America Ferrera
The actress has remained mostly tight-lipped about losing weight, but it's clear since 2005, there has been a major difference. via Getty Images
Weightloss Sharon Osbourne
Since 1987, the star has had weight loss surgery and has gone on the Atkins diet to get to where she is today. What a difference! via Getty Images