For most of her life, 24-year-old Kaylee Bonnett has been overweight. At her heaviest, she was 481 pounds, and even in high school, she weighed 300 pounds, which not only impacted her self-esteem but also her ability to make friends.

“Day to day, life was a constant struggle. From worrying about if I’ll fit in this chair or if the chair will hold me, to trying to look nice and hoping that getting from point A to B doesn’t make me sweat my hair and makeup off, I was constantly on the defense.”

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Then, in her early twenties, Kaylee was diagnosed as pre-diabetic with high blood pressure.

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She was told by her doctors that if she didn’t change her lifestyle, she would most certainly suffer a heart attack or a stroke.

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Not wanting to die, Kaylee decided to get gastric bypass surgery.

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However, before her doctor would OK that procedure, Kaylee had to lose at least 30 pounds on her own.

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So, she cut back her calorie intake, focused on a high-protein, low-carb diet, and made a point of walking every single day.

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When the time came for her to have the surgery, Kaylee had lost over 70 pounds — in less than five months!

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And even though she experienced both pain and discomfort after the procedure, she kept walking, and amped up her diet.

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Not only did Kaylee eliminate fatty foods and added sugar, but she also limited herself to 800 calories per day.

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On top of the walking, she also started taking CrossFit classes.

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While she still has a ways to go before hitting her goal weight of 225 pounds, Kaylee is happy with the progress she has made.

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“The weight loss has truly changed my life. I’m actually living life, which I wasn’t [doing] before.”

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Kaylee’s weight loss journey has also garnered a large number of followers on social media.

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Her Instagram account @fatgirlfitness_rny has over 18,000 followers and her posts regularly receive praise and words of encouragement.

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“The reactions of others is what surprises me, and it helps me see the change.”

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To follow Kaylee and show her some support as she makes her way through this amazing lifestyle change, head over to her Instagram!

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