A woman who ‘broke furniture’ and ‘couldn’t fit into plane seats’ has shared her story to inspire others to follow in her footsteps.
Jessica Ferro revealed that she used to eat more than 6,500 calories per day and that she became ‘morbidly obese.’
“I hated who I saw staring back at me in the mirror, how helpless I felt, and the restrictions on my life because of my weight,” she expressed.
Jessica continued: “Men would tell me ‘You’re not skinny enough’ or ‘Sorry, but I don’t date fat chicks’, and my lower back and knees would constantly be in a state of pain.”
When she saw her father experiencing a heart attack, she couldn’t give him CPR because of her weight. That’s when she knew that she had to make drastic changes to her lifestyle.
In the midst of Jessica’s grief, she knew she had to make a change or she may also suffer the same faith.
“There were minor incidents that first triggered my weight loss journey, like breaking furniture, being told I wasn’t good enough because of my size, not being able to find clothes that fit, and being ridiculed on planes for not fitting in a seat,” she expressed.
“But nothing hit me as hard as the death of my dad. He passed away from a massive heart attack in front of me.”
Jessica said she tried to help him when he fell from the bed but couldn’t.
“I was so unfit; I was sweating and hyperventilating trying to pump my dad’s chest to revive him as the emergency assistant was trying to calm me down and give me directions on the phone,” Jessica recalled.
“That day changed me for good.”
Jessica explained that her father did not smoke or drink but loved food. Because of that, she thinks he would still be here today if she had ‘made a more active effort to control his high blood pressure and weight.’
From 36st (504lbs), she now weighs only 12.5st (175lbs) and even joins bodybuilding competitions.
“I am proud of what I’ve achieved and I honestly do love inspiring others on their journey but I also feel regret I waited so long to start really living,” Jessica added.
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