A 32-year-old woman tormented by her weight for years has revealed how she managed to lose over 200 pounds after a horrific panic attack that left her in the hospital.
Danitza Casas, of Scottsdale, Arizona, weighed 350 pounds at her heaviest, struggling with her weight for much of her childhood.
After being tormented in her youth by cruel nicknames like ‘gordita’ – meaning chubby girl – Danitza’s weight got out of hand during her adulthood, thanks to a festive lifestyle and unhealthy diet.
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Then and Now: Danitza Casas, 32, of Scottsdale, Arizona, went from £ 350 to £ 148 in four years
Hard to handle: At her heaviest, she wore size 24 and struggled with body image
Earned: Danitza is now wearing size 4 and is proud to show off her figure in form-fitting dresses and miniskirts
“I’ve always been a bigger girl since I was a child,” said Danitza. “I was always a little bit bigger, a little bit bigger.
“I unconsciously believed I was ugly because I looked a certain way. I was a big girl, I had a double chin, belly everywhere. ‘
As Danitza grew older, her weight problems were largely exacerbated by her unhealthy relationship with food.
“On a bad day, I had to eat more than 5,000 calories,” said Danitza. “I ate until I felt physically ill.
“I was classified as morbidly obese. I wanted to feel good about myself, I wanted to put on a dress and not feel, “What are people going to think? They’ll think I’m such a thick, disgusting blob. ”
As she struggled with her body image all the time, she looked confident and the life of the party. She admitted she did used humor and her larger-than-life personality to mask her insecurities and the disgust she felt with her body.
Bad Habits: Danitza said she turned to food for convenience and ate 5,000 calories a day to feel better
Looking back: she struggled with her weight for much of her childhood and was called ‘gordita’ – meaning chubby girl
Health issues: Danitza said her ‘turning point’ was when she ended up in the hospital after mistaking a panic and anxiety attack for a heart attack
“I was always the life of the party, but I felt I had to be that loud, funny person or else they would be looking at my weight,” she said. “If I were the joke, I wouldn’t be laughed at.”
Danitza started relying on food to make herself feel better and overcome her insecurities about her weight, explaining that she would enjoy treats as a way to gain some control in her life.
“My favorite was sausage cutlet and Taco Bell,” she revealed. Everything fast food, everything fried, something sweet.
“It was difficult, your self-esteem takes its toll. I didn’t love myself then. I wanted to make myself feel better, even if it was for the time. Even if that scoop of ice made me feel better at the time.
“I couldn’t control anything other than what I put in my body,” she said, recalling how her doctor told her she was morbidly obese.
“My weight gain was very rapid and I had to do something if I didn’t want to die.”
Quick fixes: Danitza said she tried weight loss several times, trying every pill and ‘magic quick fix’ she came across
Changing her life: It wasn’t until she started training with her personal trainer four years ago that she saw real results
Final step: After going from size 24 to size 4, she had surgery to remove the excess skin from her chest, abdomen and hips
At her heaviest, Danitza wore size 24 and said shopping was a “terrible experience” for her. While her friends liked to try trendy clothes, she was forced to shop in parts of the store that were intended for older women like her grandmother.
“I think the turning point for me was one night when I thought I was having a heart attack and eventually went to the hospital,” she recalled. “I had an anxiety attack with a panic attack.
“I’m so young. I should be living my best life, and I’m here thinking I’m going to have a heart attack. Someone should live like that now. I wanted to feel good about myself. ‘
Danitza said she had tried losing weight several times, trying every pill and ‘magic quick fix’ she came across, but it wasn’t until she started training with her personal trainer four years ago that she saw real results.
Beau, my trainer, was key in my transformation because he was very patient. When I met Beau, I couldn’t do a single body squat without falling, ”she recalled. “I call Beau my fitness dad because he pretty much introduced me to exercise.”
Watch her go: Danitza said her trainer, Beau, was key in her transformation because he introduced her to sports
Happier than ever: “Today I feel confident. I love myself, “she said. “I have the feeling that people see me in front of me and not just a big girl”
Her friends were also incredibly supportive, and their compliments helped her lose weight. It took her four years to lose 200 pounds, but she was left with an excess of skin on her legs, arms, and face.
Danitza has had surgery to remove the excess skin between her breasts, under her breast, on her stomach and around her hips.
“I had a lot of complications from the wounds, but you know what? I would do it all over again, ”she insisted. ‘I do not care.’
She went from size 24 to size 4 and celebrated with a pink Versace leather skirt in her new size. She said she cried tears of joy when she tried it and realized it suited her perfectly.
Danitza, who now weighs 150 kg, commemorated the moment when she took all her old ‘thick clothes’ and ‘set them on fire’.
“I feel confident today. I love myself, “she said. “I feel like people see me in front of me and not just a big girl. I am very proud of my performance and the way I look now because I have worked very hard to get where I am now. ‘
She hopes to inspire others and even expressed words of encouragement to those struggling with obesity.
“Where you are now is not where you will be forever,” she said. “You’re the only one who gets in the way of what you want. If you want it bad enough, go get it. ‘