'I couldn't walk 10 feet… I was unable to move': Morbidly obese mother loses 300lbs after being homebound for two years
16:16 GMT, 5 November 2012
A woman who was homebound for two years because of her suffocating weight reveals how she lost more than 300lbs.
Weighing 449lbs, Jennie Lewis was taking insulin shots five times a day, as well as high doses of blood pressure medication because she was unable to walk more than ten feet without collapsing.
Stuck, the 55-year-old divorced mother-of-three joined Weight Watchers by proxy, and after following the plan with her teenage daughters for four months she lost 68lbs, enabling her to walk outside her house for the first time.
Before and after: Jennie Lewis, 55, was homebound weighing 449lbs (left), now, she weighs 145lbs (right)
Ms Lewis told the Huffington Post: 'I was dying at the age of 50… and placed on Social Security Disability. I was in prison in my own skin, being suffocated slowly at 449 pounds, being told at age 52 that there was no hope for me, that no doctor could do anything for me.
'I was totally homebound for two years; I couldn't walk more than 10 feet without having to sit and catch my breath. I was unable to move, my muscles were atrophied, I had hypothyroidism, I was on insulin.
'My life was surely coming to a close, and it had never even started. In February 2009, I took matters into my own hands.'
Now, after a life of mindlessly eating fried food, pasta, rice, bread, and 'whole, large bags of potato chips in one sitting,' Ms Lewis eats egg-white omelets, vegetables, oatmeal, fresh berries, lean meats, Greek yogurt and salads with avocado, mushrooms, beets, tomatoes and red onions.
'I, like many others, didn't realize just how much I truly was eating,' she said. 'I even remember being in the doctor's office saying things like “I
don't understand, I am hardly eating and I am getting bigger and
'I was in prison in my own skin, being suffocated slowly at 449 pounds'
'I was in total denial, and only
fooling and hurting myself!'
After she lost her first 68lbs, Ms Lewis, who was also going through menopause, was able to walk to the Weight Watchers center near her home in June, 2009 and began exercising for four minutes per bay.
She said: 'For the first time in my life, I became alive! I started exercising with a hand bike that my daughter bought for me in a local drugstore… At 449 pounds, that was intense exercise. I increased my activity level whenever I could.
Now, weighing 145lbs and standing at five-foot-five-inches, Ms Lewis goes to the gym everyday. '
'I use the treadmill at 4.5 miles per hour for 60 minutes, at an incline of 15!' she exclaimed.