A woman who lost nearly half her body weight in just thirteen months revealed that she was inspired to make the “drastic” change after seeing a photo of herself at a family wedding.
Kaity Petulla, 36, from New York, said she was unaware of how much weight she had gained over the years with her routine of eating “big meals” at bedtime and not exercising.
The executive assistant, who weighed 374 pounds and wore a dress size 26 at her heaviest, added that she had ignored comments about her weight in the past and continued to eat an “unlimited” amount of calories.
But Kaity was inspired to make a change in her life after photos at a family wedding made her realize that she was not only “overweight, but also obese.”
Kaity Petulla, 36, from New York, said she was not aware of how much weight she had gained over the years and dropped the scales at her heaviest (left). She has since shed half her body weight since she realized she was “obese.”
Kaity (pictured after her weight loss) was inspired to make a change after photos at a family wedding made her realize that she was not just “overweight, but obese”
Kaity Petulla, who weighed 374 pounds and wore a size 26 dress on her heaviest (left), has lost an impressive 180 pounds
She said, “People would say” you have a beautiful face for a big girl “and once someone else said” you really have to watch your weight “. But I ignored it, I was in a state of ignorance until I attended a family marriage.
“I dressed for that and I thought I looked great that day, until I saw the wedding pictures. It’s not like I’ve never seen pictures of myself, but they definitely shocked me.
“I realized that I was very overweight. No, not too heavy, obese. I didn’t want to be like that for the rest of my life. I wanted to live a long and healthy life and knew that I had to change. “
Now, after more than a year of diets and undergoing a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, Kaity has lost an incredible 180 pounds, weighs just 194 pounds, and wears a size 8 dress.
Kaity said her support network has been incredibly important in her journey to weight loss, with her husband Frank (pictured together), 39, who also underwent surgery for weight loss
Although she is still losing weight and has suffered from the effects of excessive skin due to extremely rapid weight loss, Kaity (just before and left after) said that her life is now unrecognizable
“It is certainly not the easy way out that many people think it is,” said Kaity about her operation to lose weight
Both Kaity and her husband Frank (left front and right after) have lost an impressive amount of weight in the past year
“The most important factor for my weight gain was poor eating habits; I was constantly eating out and had large meals, often as my last meal before bed. I ate what I wanted, whenever I wanted, “said Kaity.
“It didn’t help that I had never trained. I sometimes went for a walk with our dog, but that was the only exercise I really did.
‘I tried diets such as meat-free, low-fat, low-fat and diet pills and none of them worked for me so in November 2018 I decided to undergo an LSG weight loss surgery at the New York Bariatric Group.
“It is certainly not the easy way out, as many people think. You have to be physically and mentally prepared for it and it takes a lot of hard work and determination after the operation.
After more than a year of diets and undergoing a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, Kaity has lost an incredible 180 pounds, weighs just 194 pounds, and wears a size 8 dress
Pictured left, Kaity on her wedding day and right, Kaity with her wedding dress after her weight loss
‘My diet has changed drastically and I now feed my body with low carbohydrates, low fat, low sugar and low-sodium food and all my meat is lean. After the operation my stomach is much smaller than before, so I measure my meals and they usually weigh from 125 g to 155 g each. I also drink around 2.5 liters of water every day ‘.
Kaity said her support network has been incredibly important in her weight loss journey, with her husband Frank, 39, who also had a weight loss operation and lost more than 120 pounds.
Although she is still losing weight and suffering from the effects of excess skin due to extremely rapid weight loss, Kaity said that her life is now unrecognizable.
What does Kaity eat on a typical day?
On a typical day, Kaity would eat many foods with many calories and lots of fat, including bacon, cheeseburgers, pizzas, fries, egg, and baked potatoes.
She would also enjoy salads that are drowned in dressing and loaded with cheese, in addition to numerous snacks throughout the day.
Kaity would then wash her meals with soft drinks.
Kaity now eats meals low in carbohydrates, low in fat, low in sugar and low in sodium, which weigh in between 125 g to 155 g each.
She also ensures that all the meat she eats is lean and drinks 2.5 liters of water a day.
She added that the key to success are small steps that have been built up over time and a lot of determination.
‘I have some excess skin in my stomach and abdomen, as well as my thighs and arms. I have had some consultations to have it removed, but I am still losing weight so that will be the next phase of my journey. I will continue to do my research and work hard until then, “Kaity said.
“My support network was great. All my friends and family have really rooted for me. My husband Frank is my biggest supporter. He even lost more than 120 pounds himself after an LSG operation in February 2019. He has just been great ‘.
Kaity added that her friends and family are often “shocked” to see her transformation, because losing 180 pounds in 12 months “can really change your appearance very quickly.”
“My quality of life does not match now; I have been so much more active since losing weight. I’ve had three vacations, I’ve been to twenty concerts and Broadway shows, and I’ve seen several sports competitions, “she added.
‘I really make up for those times that I couldn’t go … I always had confidence before, but now I just feel even more. I just love my second life.
‘Just start today. Do not wait. Even if you only make the smallest change ‘.