By Rafaela Kuznec @RafaelaKuznec
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Videographer / director: Daniel Garee
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Katelyn Broughton, who resides in Columbus, Ohio, started her weight loss journey over a year ago and has lost an amazing 230lbs.
The 26-year-old woman told Barcroft TV: “I started my weight loss journey at 412 pounds, I have lost over 230 pounds.”
Katelyn was spurned on to lose weight in 2017, after a check-up before tonsillectomy surgery. The mum-of-one had to be weighed, and was shocked by what she saw on the scale.
Katelyn said: “January of 2017 I had to get a tonsillectomy, I hadn’t really like weight myself in a while and before my surgery, I had to be weighed.
“It was a huge shock, it wasn’t a shock that I was overweight, it was just what I was used to being and how I thought I was going to always be, but just to see that number it seemed very surreal.”
Since then, Katelyn started counting the calories and exercising regularly.
Katelyn remembered: “I would just play videos on my TV and move the table out of my way and on my break, I just would work out for 30 minutes few times a week just because over four hundred pounds I could only do so much.
“In the first month I lost I think 37 pounds and it was pretty exciting.”
However, after losing almost half of her body weight in such a short time period, the young woman has been left with a lot of extra skin.
Katelyn said: “It is definitely worth losing the weight, I would never tell anyone that being overweight is better than having to loose skin, I would definitely rather have that but they both have their complications.
“The skin makes difficult are just as simple as getting dressed, I am very limited to the kind of clothes that I can wear before I got the skin removed from my stomach I would wear a lot of compression pants, compression leggings…”
Katelyn had her first skin removal surgery, called a circumferential body lift, in December last year.
Katelyn said: “I still have some loose skin but that will be taken care of with another procedure.
“There are a lot of things to take into consideration like time off the work and I am not being paid it is all out of pocket none of it is covered by insurance.”
She has set up a GoFundMe page in hopes to raise money for further skin removal surgeries - thighplasty (thigh lift), brachioplasty (arm lift) and a mastopexy (breast lift).
Katelyn said: “It all feels like a dream, I have always thought about it but it had never been a reality until now I have had such a huge support system and I think that plays a huge part into why I was successful”.
Katelyn’s seven-year-old daughter was one of her biggest supporters throughout her journey.
Katelyn’s daughter, Lydia, told Barcroft TV: “I like that now she can keep up with me and play with me.”
Katelyn added: “Now I can swim with her and run upon the jungle jumps with her and we can run around and be silly and I can teach how to ride her bike and keep up with her.
“She is definitely a motivator because I want to set a good example as someone she could look up to and I want to stick around, I don’t want to leave this life earlier, leave her behind without being a good role model on someone she can look up to.”
Katelyn is regularly going to the fitness studio where her coaches help her to keep up with her fitness regime.
Katelyn’s fitness coach, Linda Gleckner, told Barcroft TV: “Katelyn is simply amazing, what she has been able to accomplish is incredible, it is a great testament to her dedication and to the hard work that she has put in, sure she has had step backs but she has bounced back and ultimately focused on that final goal of hers and on her weight loss journey.”
Katelyn is determined to continue fitness and healthy lifestyle.
She said: “My confidence comes from working out and I look forward to that.
“It is a big part of my life even now my stomach is not perfect but I am okay with that.
“I am happy that I can just pull my pants and then button them, I don’t have to go around and tuck in all my skin.
“Once I have all my surgeries done, I am just going to maintain a healthier lifestyle.
“There are a lot of positive things that come along with that and I think improving my workouts and my confidence.
“I think there are a lot more positives than negatives that come from this entire experience.”