Woman charts 162lb weight loss on Instagramby Richard Bailey 21/04/2017 19:18:00 0 comments 1 Views
- Sandi, who is known as vsg_queendiet on social media, has inspired thousands of people with her Instagram posts
- She went from 420lbs to 258lbs over the course of 16 months
- Sandi started her weight loss journey in December 2015 when she signed up to have a vertical sleeve gastrectomy
- In order to qualify for the procedure, Sandi had to follow a strict diet for six months, and she lost more than 80lbs
- The Kentucky-native had weight loss surgery last July, and she went on to lose another 88lbs
By Erica Tempesta For Dailymail.com
Published: 23:45 BST, 21 April 2017 | Updated: 23:45 BST, 21 April 2017
A morbidly obese woman who once weighed 420lbs had earned thousands of followers after documenting her incredible 162lb weight loss on Instagram.
Sandi, who is known as vsg_queendiet on social media, has inspired thousands of people with her Instagram posts, which feature everything from her daily meals to before and after photos of her shrinking figure.
On Thursday, the Kentucky-native shared a picture of herself in 2015 alongside a recent snapshot of her, writing: 'what a difference a couple years and losing 162 pounds can do.'
Sharing her story: Sandi, who is known as vsg_queendiet on social media, has inspired thousands of people with her Instagram posts documenting her weight loss
Ever-changing: At her heaviest, Sandi weighed 420lbs, and she suffered from a variety of health issues
Sandi, who now weighs 258lbs, began her weight loss journey in December 2015 when she was at her heaviest, clocking in over 400lbs.
She made the decision to sign up for weight loss surgery, and she was required to completely change her diet and shed weight on her own before the procedure.
Sandi lost more than 80lbs before she had vertical sleeve gastrectomy, a procedure in which a surgeon removes a large portion of the patient's stomach.
She weighed 346lbs when she had the procedure on July 11, 2016, and she went on to shed another 88lbs.
Inspiring others: Sandi frequently shares before and after photos on her Instagram page
Difficult times: At her heaviest, Sandi said she only fit into two T-shirts and was embarrassed to leave her house
In August, Sandi discussed her weight loss journey in a post featured on the WLStories community Facebook page, and she revealed at her heaviest she 'could only fit into two T-shirts.'
'I was embarrassed to leave my house,' she wrote. 'I let the weight pack on so fast in just a year. Each time I went to the doctor there always just another thing wrong with me.'
Sandi said she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, pseudotumor, high blood pressure, polycystic ovary syndrome, and hypothyroidism.
'My health was a downhill battle. So I decide to take my life back,' she recalled.
Changing her life: Sandi started her weight loss journey in December 2015 when she signed up to have a vertical sleeve gastrectomy
Doing it: In order to qualify for the procedure, Sandi had to follow a strict diet for six months, and she lost more than 80lbs
After signing up for weight loss surgery, Sandi stopped eating processed foods and cut her portion sizes in half.
While counting calories and allowing herself 1,3000 calories per day, Sandi also started working out.
'It's never easy losing weight, but my health is so much better,' she added. 'The only meds I take now are vitamins.
'I'm able to walk three miles and still keep going. I still battle a food addiction, but each day gets better.'
Motivated: The Kentucky-native had weight loss surgery last July, and she went on to lose another 88lbs
Feeling great: Sandi is now down to 258lbs, and she is continuing to lose weight
Sandi said her goal is to inspire others, and she recommended that people who are trying to lose weight to focus on managing their movement, intake, stress, and sleep, remembering the acronym 'MISS'.
Not only is Sandi continuing to lose weight, but she also has more than 15,000 Instagram followers who are following her journey.
'I remember when I could barely walk 10 minutes without sitting down,' she wrote earlier this week. 'Now I climb up hills and go walking for almost an hour.
'It's all about small steps. I didn't get this way over night. I walk a little bit each day and each day I would push myself further. Just remember to keep going.'