Mother-of-three who was kicked off a fairground ride for being too big when she tipped scales at 274lbs sheds 154lbs after ditching fast food lunches for overnight oats
- Sarah Knowles, 28, from Georgia, tipped the scales at 274lbs at her heaviest
- Decided to change her life and get healthy after being kicked off fairground ride
- Mother-of-three shed 154lbs and now weighs a healthy 120lbs due to gastric band surgery and ditching fast food lunches for healthy choices
A mother-of-three has revealed how she shed a whopping 154lbs after being told to get off a fairground ride due to being too ‘fat’.
Sarah Knowles, 28, from Georgia, tipped the scales at 274lbs at her heaviest due to years of emotional eating.
But after ditching her unhealthy ways and opting for a gastric bypass, she has since lost 154lbs- reaching her lowest weight at a healthy 120lbs.
Sarah says she now feels a ‘million dollars’ with her new body and often has to do a double-take when she catches her reflection in a mirror.
‘I have been overweight for my whole life because I am an emotional eater. I would eat when I was sad, eat when I was happy and eat when I was stressed,’ she said.
Sarah Knowles, 28, from Georgia, tipped the scales at 274lbs at her heaviest due to years of emotional eating. But after being told she was too big to ride a fairground ride she shed 154lbs and is now unrecognisable
After ditching her unhealthy ways and opting for a gastric bypass, she has since lost 154lbs- reaching her lowest weight of 120lbs. Sarah says she now feels a ‘million dollars’ with her new body and often has to do a double-take when she catches her reflection in a mirror.
‘No matter how I felt, I would always turn to eating,’ she continued.
‘The moment that I knew that I needed to do something about my weight was at the fair in 2017.
BREAKFAST: Skip breakfast
LUNCH: Fast food fried chicken sandwich with large fries and a large full fat fizzy drink.
DINNER: Large bowl and spaghetti with a big side of bread
SNACKS: Crisps, sweets, chocolate and fizzy drink
BREAKFAST: Overnight oats
LUNCH: Veggie wrap and hummus
DINNER: Chicken and vegetables
SNACKS: Pretzels, hummus, protein smoothie and nuts
‘I went to ride my all-time favourite fairground ride with my husband, Tyler. When I got on the ride and went to put the barrier down it wouldn’t shut because I was too big.
‘So I was made to get off of the ride because I didn’t fit.
‘It was traumatising, I was so embarrassed.
Sarah is pictured at the fair the day she was told to get off the ride for being too big with her son and a friend
What a transformation! Sarah says she has been overweight for her whole life because she is ‘an emotional eater’. She ic pictured left before weight loss and right after
‘I had to get off and walk away in front of everyone. There were big grown men on the ride, and yet I was too big for it.
‘It was humiliating. This moment really changed my life forever.’
After returning home from the fair, Sarah looked back at pictures that were taken through the day and didn’t recognise the woman in the photographs and decided to take action.
‘My weight made me feel completely worthless, and I had no energy to play with my two kids at the time, Kolby, now six and Makenna, now five.
After returning home from the fair, Sarah looked back at pictures that were taken through the day and didn’t recognise the woman in the photographs and decided to take action. She is pictured before weight loss surgery
Sarah said her weight made her feel ‘completely useless’ and lacking energy to play with her kids, she is pictured left before surgery and right now
Sarah before her weight loss with her husband, Tyler and her eldest kids, Makenna (left) and Kolby (right)
‘I isolated myself from everyone, I stopped going out with my friends and became very depressed.
‘I knew I wouldn’t be able to lose weight without surgery, so I decided on a gastric bypass to help me and had the procedure done in February 2018.
‘I was so excited for my gastric bypass, I knew my life was about to change forever. I was looking forward to being healthy, being able to play with my kids and be a good wife.
‘I couldn’t wait to feel like I wasn’t dying.
Sarah, pictured before weight loss, said she ‘knew her life was going to change forever’ after returning from the fair
Sarah said she realised food was ‘for fuel, not fun’ after her surgery. She is pictured left before and right now
‘The first few months after the surgery were rough because of my emotional relationship with food. It felt like I had lost my best friend because I was initially on a liquid diet.
‘However, when the weight started coming off, it was amazing and completely changed my mindset. I realised food was my fuel and not for fun.
‘I lost a majority of my weight within the ten months of my surgery, and within a year I had lost 154lbs.
Sarah didn’t recognise pictures of her self from the day at the fair where she was humilated and had to get off a ride. She now looks completely different
In August last year, Sarah went under the knife once more for a tummy tuck to combat her loose skin. She is pictured after the operation
After being told by her doctor the goal was to lose 80 per cent of her excess weight, Sarah made it clear she set out to lose 100 per cent of her excess weight.
She said: ‘I was told that it was a very unrealistic goal, but that just made me even more determined and I actually achieved it.
‘After getting down to my goal weight I was left with excess saggy skin. It made me feel very self-conscious.
‘It was like wearing lots of layers of clothing that you couldn’t take off.
Sarah after her weight loss with husband, Tyler. Since the surgery, Sarah says she is happy, healthy and thriving
‘I always felt really embarrassed about it, especially during intimate moments. I felt like a big bowl of melted ice cream.
‘I knew I needed to get the skin removed, however, I had to hold off as I surprisingly fell pregnant with my third child, Mason, now one. I gave birth to him last January.’
In August last year, Sarah went under the knife once more for a tummy tuck to combat her loose skin.
Since the surgery, Sarah says she is happy, healthy and thriving.
After being told by her doctor the goal was to lose 80 per cent of her excess weight, Sarah made it clear she set out to lose 100 per cent of her excess weight. She is pictured before surgery
She added: ‘I feel better than I have ever felt in my life and I would do the surgery 100 times over. It was the best decision I have ever made.
‘I have a new lease of life, and I am enjoying every single day.
‘Going shopping and buying clothes had always been an issue for me, I could never find anything stylish that would fit me. It was so embarrassing.
Sarah now enjoys shopping. She is pictured after her weight loss surgery and tummy tuck
Sarah after her weight loss with her eldest kids, Makenne and Kolby, and her husband, Tyler
‘But now I absolutely love to go shopping and buy cute clothes for my new body. It is so fun.
‘I can’t believe this is my body. When I catch myself in a mirror or a window, I stop and think is that really me?
‘I feel incredible.
‘I am hoping to improve my body even more in the future, I would love to also have skin removed from my thighs and arms and also have my breasts done.
‘But for now, I am so happy with where I am at, I feel beautiful and healthy.’
Sarah says in the future she’s hoping to have skin removed from her thighs and have breast surgery
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