Virtually every woman who has had a baby finds herself bowled over by the changes wrought in her body by pregnancy.
Swollen feet, aching joints, sudden weight gain — bringing a new life into the world is anything but easy!
For Chasity Davis, though, the birth of her third child did more than merely mess with her figure. It showed her that her very life was in danger.
When Davis delivered little J’Nylah, she topped out the scales at 365 pounds, a remarkably hefty weight for a woman standing less than five feet tall. “I was piling on the weight,” she explained to TODAY.
“It was ridiculous. I was in a very terrible state, but I didn’t know that I was.”
Her wake-up call came in the form of a seemingly innocuous symptom: a little shortness of breath when she lay back.
Her physicians reacted with alarm when she mentioned it, and time on a heart monitor showed that her ticker had stopped for a full three seconds.
“In the cardiology world, three seconds is a long time,” one doctor told her. “You only need one second to be out of here permanently.”
At that point, Davis determined to change her life, but achieving results wasn’t as easy as making resolutions. Her first step involved getting a gastric sleeve to shrink her stomach and help her eat less.
It helped a little, shaving some 65 pounds from her frame, but it wasn’t enough. Then she tried combining healthy eating with regular, high-intensity exercise.
“[But] I realized one day I am done with seven days a week, twice a day,” she said. “I slowed up.”
What finally worked for Davis was something very simple: She started walking, slow and steady and up to six miles a day, and that made the weight roll off her.
She lost a total of 228 pounds, and has shared her story on “The Rachael Ray Show” and “TODAY.” She hopes she can serve as an inspiration to other women facing the same fight.
“A lot of times in life, we don’t want to deal with what’s hard,” she told Good Housekeeping. “But I chose to deal with it, because it’s even harder on your children and your husband when you’ve left this earth before your time.”
Davis is a great example of how slow and steady wins the race — people who lose weight quickly tend to burn out quickly, but Davis made small, consistent changes that added up to a major lifestyle change.
All the best to this mother and wife. We wish the best (and healthiest) for you in the years to come!
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