‘I at all times felt just like the “big” good friend – however weight reduction reworked my life’

A girl as soon as generally known as the ‘massive good friend’ opened up about her excessive weight reduction transformation.

Lauren Linford, from Hertfordshire, struggled together with her weight as she progressed by her teenagers and into her 20s. But as Covid hit, she rapidly piled on the kilos and located it tough to shed them off once more.

The 32-year-old make-up artist’s bodily and psychological well being each took a beating, which didn’t assist Lauren’s vanity and it did not decrease the quantity on the scales both.

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After reaching her heaviest at 20st 8lbs, Lauren knew issues needed to change and booked a gastric sleeve operation in Turkey – the place she had 80% of her abdomen eliminated.

Now two years on and over 6st 7lbs lighter, the sweetness mirrored on her rocky street of weight reduction. In an Instagram publish, Lauren shared a current photograph together with an image from 2021 when she was a lot larger.

Lauren at all times felt just like the ‘massive’ good friend

“I remember exactly how I felt that day… I felt so fat and uncomfortable,” she bravely admitted.

“But me being me I just wanted to have a good time with my friends so I just hid how I was feeling and got on with it! I left to go home early this night because I never thought I could feel so alone and ugly among people having a good time!

“I used to be the ‘massive good friend’ surrounded by stunning slim ladies! I even had my make-up completed professionally to strive really feel higher about myself however even that didn’t assist.”

She continued: “I wore an entire black outfit to strive make myself really feel slimmer but in addition as a result of it was the one color I used to be snug sporting to cover my weight as a lot as potential!

“I drank so much alcohol to just try and get so drunk that my negative thoughts would go away but no matter how much I drank I couldn’t get drunk so it just got harder to pretend I was having a good time so I left that night just feeling drained and even worse than I did!”

She underwent gastric sleeve surgical procedure two years in the past

“After this night I remember I made a pact with myself not to go out anymore until I lose weight and feel better about myself! So I turned into a hermit and stopped going out! I stopped drinking but my anxiety got so bad that my IBS got progressively worse!”

Lauren then candidly shared how her work, platonic and romantic relationships then broke down for numerous causes – which led to her psychological well being hitting all-time low. But, from this level, Lauren knew issues needed to begin altering in life to get her again on monitor.

She pulled herself by to her thirtieth birthday till one thing ‘clicked’. Believing life is just too quick, Lauren determined to get a gastric sleeve in Turkey six months on from her all-time low.

And now two years for the reason that operation, Lauren’s life has modified for the higher and in some ways. Not solely does she really feel extra assured in herself, she’s additionally mentally and bodily stronger.

Lauren has turned her life round!

She shared: “After my birthday something clicked and I thought life’s too short, I need to be happy! I made the choice to have a gastric sleeve 6 months later and it was the best thing I ever did!!

“Life altering and life saving.”

Many people fled to the comments to share their love for Lauren and her honesty. Some even noted her story is ‘inspirational’.

“You’re the primary profile I ever adopted that had gastric sleeve completed,” one person commented. “You’re superb and inspirational. So attractive in and out.”

Another user added: “Love the honesty. You have been attractive earlier than however you might be glowing now beautiful.”

While a third praised: “You seemed stunning earlier than and after! But your eyes have now bought a lot extra sparkle in them! you’ve completed superb.”