A mother has revealed how she lost more than 130 kg after being told she would be dead in five years if she didn’t lose weight.
Canadian-born Brenda Langford, 45, who lives on Australia’s Sunshine Coast, weighed 222kg at her heaviest and said she was constantly shamed by strangers who would “stare, point, laugh and laugh at her,” especially when she was away. was eating.
In August 2018, she received a stark warning from a doctor who said she was eating herself in an early grave.
“My doctor told me I had five years to live because my liver enzymes were very high, I had severe fatty liver and six days earlier my father died of cirrhosis of the liver,” she said.
“I was in shock, thinking it would kill me too, and I felt numb. I denied my weight and thought I could lose it on my own, but I just couldn’t exercise anymore because of the pain.
“I realized I had to do something drastic now because I was in my 40s and realized enough was enough.”
Canadian-born Brenda Langford, 45, who lives on Australia’s Sunshine Coast, weighed 222kg (left) at her heaviest and said she was constantly shamed by strangers who would “stare, point, laugh and mock” her, especially when she was eating. She has lost more than half her body weight after gastric bypass and surgery to remove excess skin (right)
After losing weight through gastric bypass, Brenda was left with excess skin (pictured). She has had one procedure to remove 7 kg and is scheduled for a second one
At her heaviest (left), Brenda couldn’t walk ten meters to visit one of her local beautiful beaches. Now Brenda (pictured right) is slowly regaining her confidence
Home health support worker Brenda, mother of Brandon, 23, and Kyle, 16, underwent gastric bypass surgery and has since lost 133kg, dropping 11 dress sizes.
She then had a procedure to remove 7 kg of excess skin and more will be removed.
Brenda recalled being so unfit at her heaviest that she struggled to even walk 10 meters.
“I couldn’t walk my dog, I couldn’t even go to the beach, and I live near some of the best beaches in the world,” she explained.
“I couldn’t even go grocery shopping because not only was my feet hurting, but my back was giving out, and I couldn’t even hold myself up.
“It was horrible, people were yelling at me, I had that one group of young men, drove past me at the grocery store, they decided to come back and yell at me things like ‘hey, greasy’.
In August 2018, she received a stark warning from a doctor who said she was eating herself in an early grave. Pictured for weight loss
The mother realized she had to do something drastic now because she was in her 40s and so she opted for gastric cuff surgery
Brenda reveals her folds of excess skin after her weight loss. Since then she has removed 7 kg of excess skin and more will be removed
BRENDA’S DIET BEFORE
Snack: chips or crackers and cheese
Lunch: fast food meal, such as a quarter pounder meal plus 10-pack chicken nuggets at McDonald’s.
Snack: Chips or Cheese and crackers
Supper: Large meat, vegetable and potato meals with double or triple servings.
Dessert: Big block of chocolate
BRENDA’S CURRENT DIET
Breakfast: protein smoothie with nuts or two eggs with a little bacon or oats & blueberry pancakes.
Snack: protein yogurt with pieces of fruit and grains
Lunch: chicken breast and salad and potato
Snack: rice cakes with ham and tomato
Supper: Beef and vegetables
“Once I was in a crowded elevator and the doors wouldn’t close because there were too many people. An old lady in the back yelled at me and said “it won’t close because you are too fat, you have to come off”.
“Everyone looked at me, I felt inhumane, when it turned out that it was someone’s backpack in the way of the door.
“Then there was one more time in the shops, a little boy looked at me and said ‘holy f**k you’re fat’ and the two men started laughing with him.”
Brenda, who was bullied in her youth because of her weight, said the situation became so serious that she did not want to leave the house because she suffered from social anxiety.
Brenda’s wake-up call came after her doctor delivered the devastating news that if she didn’t lose weight, she wouldn’t live another five years.
After unsuccessfully trying to lose weight, Brenda underwent a gastric band in August 2018 to help her achieve her goals.
The mother of two would rarely go out in public for her weight loss due to cruel taunts and ridicule. Pictured with her husband Matt before her weight loss
Brenda now plans to lose an additional 13 kg to reach her goal of losing two-thirds of herself. In the picture with her excess skin after her weight loss
Brenda, pictured today, now wants to lose another 13kg so she will be two thirds of her original weight
In September 2021, Brenda underwent her first round of plastic surgery, which involved a full lower body lift that removed 7kg of excess skin.
Later this year, she’ll get her second round and get a full upper body lift.
She now plans to lose an additional 13 kg to reach her goal of losing two-thirds of herself.
Since losing weight, Brenda is back to work for the first time in 15 years.
She went back to school and became a home care support worker to help other people who were locked up at home as if she were at her worst.
She said, “A weight has been lifted off me, my quality of life is great.” I can do anything. I train in the gym six days a week, I can run 10km if I want to, where before 10m was a problem.
“I am a much happier person now, this weight loss has made me much more optimistic. Now I live life as a free person, it’s great.’