Freya Symons, 29, from Andover in Hampshire, England, had hit a low point. At 388 pounds, she was in a vicious cycle of grief-eating and fertility issues.
Her problems began after she suffered through three miscarriages and took to eating to comfort herself. That caught up to her, and before she hit 30, she knew something had to change.
“I’d been bigger than my friends for my entire life but my rapid weight gain started in my 20’s,” she said, according to Metro. “I went through three miscarriages too and I comfort ate during those hard times.”
— Brad Jolly (@bradjolly92) October 9, 2020
“I would wake up every morning and while looking in the mirror I would tell myself I looked disgusting. It was such a vicious cycle as I felt depressed so I ate more to compensate but then I ended up feeling even worse.”
Her biggest fear was not being able to fit in chairs, which was its own embarrassing misery. It got to the point where she wouldn’t go to a restaurant unless she could research their seating first and make sure she’d fit.
“I was terrified of going somewhere new and not being able to fit in the seats,” she said. “The chair fear was due to experiences of not being able to fit in chairs while I was on a cruise.”
“I was left in tears as I was so embarrassed.”
Desperate to change, Symons paid $13,000 for gastric sleeve surgery, taking up much of her savings and requiring financing for the rest. But the procedure to remove 80 percent of her stomach was well worth it in Symons’ estimation.
“I decided to have the gastric sleeve surgery last April and it was the best decision I’ve ever made,” she confirmed.
“Surgery is no way the easy route to lose weight but I felt like it was my only option after exhausting so many diets over the years.”
“I got married in October last year and doctors did recommend losing weight after my fertility struggles. There was no reason why I couldn’t carry my own baby full term which is why it was blamed on my size.”
‘I have swapped the sugary snacks for fruit and protein-based products,” she explained. “I feel and look like a different person and I can’t wait to hit my goal weight of [168 lbs].”
“I’ve gone from a size 32 or 34 at my biggest to 16 or 18 now. A lot of people have said I look unrecognizable but I also feel like a new person too. I’m going to wait before trying to have a baby now as I want to enjoy myself for a while as I have a new lease of life. “
“I also have a new business called Mye Prints, which I want to focus on too.”
With personal goals and a new business to motivate her, there’s no reason Symons shouldn’t be able to achieve the challenge she’s set for herself.
Truth and Accuracy
We are committed to truth and accuracy in all of our journalism. Read our editorial standards.