A woman who has lost an incredible half of her body weight is finally undergoing surgery to remove her excess skin.
Steph O & # 39; Shea, 28, from Hednesford, Staffordshire, has gone from 24 stones to just under 10 stones after a radical change in her lifestyle.
In this episode of Brand New Me, Steph shares her journey about weight loss – and how she regained her self-confidence after cruel comments about her appearance.
& # 39; I've always been great, & # 39; Steph explained. & # 39; Mommy had to get school uniforms especially for me, because she didn't have any clothing available for a child that big. & # 39;
Before she dropped out, she no longer had a size in size 24 pants.
Steph O & # 39; Shea, 28, from Hednesford, Staffordshire, went from 24 stone to nearly 10 stone and is finally happy with her body after surgery to remove excess skin
After losing more than half her body weight, Steph left with skin folds that made her feel worse about herself than when she was older
& # 39; I've always had to wear things that a grandma would wear, & # 39; she said.
But one day something clicked to stimulate her journey to weight loss.
At a New Year's Eve she went to have a photo taken with her partner in her kitchen door.
However, she could not fit and the pair had to stand sideways.
Steph hit & # 39; from room & # 39; in size 24 clothing for her weight loss (left). On a shopping trip after her operation, Steph finally found the confidence to wear a close-fitting outfit (right)
Steph & # 39; s turning point came when she couldn't pose for a photo with her boyfriend in a doorway because of her size / (pictured together after her weight loss)
Steph & # 39; s navel was removed during an operation in Lithuania and she had it reconstructed
After her friend uploaded the photo to Facebook, it was a turning point for Steph.
& # 39; In the beginning it was my intention to see number 18 on the scales, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; I never thought in a million years that I would be where I am now. & # 39;
Steph started building her strength in the gym.
& # 39; I walked to the fridge and went back to the gym three times a week for an hour, & # 39; she said.
Diet was also incorporated into its new regime; she threw her fryer out and replaced greasy meals with lean meats and vegetables.
Steph has gone from walking to the fridge and back to the gym three times a week for an hour
Steph with a pair of her old size 24 pants. She struggled all her life with her weight and her mother had to make her school uniform special
During a shopping trip with her friend Aleisha (right), Steph finally decided to embrace wearing clothes to show off her new figure
& # 39; Now it's not a diet, it's a lifestyle change. & # 39;
But Steph still didn't look the way she wanted after losing half her body weight.
Her skin got messy and her confidence dropped, and despite her weight loss, she felt even worse about her body than when she was older.
& # 39; When I lost the weight and the skin started to appear, I was just withdrawn. I stopped going out, & she said.
& # 39; On a few occasions people have made cruel comments, so I have always covered up. & # 39;
Stpeh, pictured fitting new clothes, said her excess skin made her feel like she was being punished for abusing her body for so many years
Steph finally had a surplus skin removal operation in Lithuania after setting up a GoFundMe page.
& # 39; As soon as I woke up, I was really intrigued to see how much skin was actually removed, & # 39; she said.
She had even reconstructed her navel because the skin had been removed.
& # 39; You can see it clearly and it's visible, but it's much better than I expected, & # 39; she explained.
After the operation, she usually stayed home to recover and only wore loose-fitting clothing when she went out.
Steph depicted after crowdfunding to undergo surgery in Lithuania. She said the results, despite leaving some scars, were much better than she had expected
But when her scars started to heal, she started to feel more confident and went shopping with a friend to buy new clothes with her boyfriend, Aleisha.
& # 39; You still think you are really big, but you are not, & # 39; Aleisha told her.
Speaking of her friend's transformation, Aleisha said: “She was previously so nervous and silent, but now she's getting a bit out of her shell.
& # 39; It would be nice to see her wear something where she doesn't have to hide herself because her transformation is great. & # 39;
Steph explained that having loose skin felt like she was & # 39; punished for all bad habits and all the things I had done with my body over the years & # 39 ;.
& # 39; Now it's like being born again, I have a different life. & # 39;
After her friend encouraged her to fit a fitted dress, Steph was shocked by her appearance in the mirror and said: & am I really this? & # 39;
& # 39; I've been trying to disguise myself all my life, I don't want to hide anymore.
& # 39; Life is to live, so I want to enjoy life. & # 39;
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