Editor's note: The following is a weight loss testimony from Amy Leroy as told to Alexandria Gomez for Women's Health.
Before: 282 lbs
After: 150 lbs
Before deciding to lose weight for good in 2014, I was completely sedentary at work and at home. I had zero energy, and I’d even take naps during my breaks at work. At home, I played with my children, but even that wore me out. I felt as though I wasn’t able to accomplish anything other than what absolutely needed to be done.
This took a toll on my physical and mental health. My anxiety was terrible. I had been on medication for chronic hypertension since high school, and I thought this was how my life would always be.
In 2006, I had a Lap-Band surgery, which helped me drop from 350 pounds to 283. But I continued to overeat just like I did before the surgery. I was hoping for a miracle when I had weight-loss surgery, but I wasn't prepared to work for the results. I was disappointed, but I learned that making real changes depended on me.
Click through the slideshow to see Amy's weight loss journey.