A woman who committed to losing weight after not being able to get down on the floor to play with her toddler nephew has now lost a staggering 190 pounds.
29-year-old Anna Maddox, from Carrollton, Georgia, U.S.A., weighed around 450 pounds when she was at her heaviest, having been diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome and insulin resistance when she was 16.
The latter condition, Anna said, is hormonal and severely affects weight gain and makes it extremely difficult to lose weight – something she has struggled with her whole teenage and adult life.
This also caused Anna to suffer from depression, high blood pressure and thyroid issues.
But an encounter with her nephew, Brenley, started off her biggest weight loss journey, which she has shared on an inspiring TikTok page.
Anna used to babysit Brenley – but one day in August 2022, a more mobile Brenley, now a toddler, invited Anna to sit with him under his play tent.
Anna, trying he play with Brenley, now 2, realized there was not enough room for her within the tent, which she said hit her “like a ton of bricks.”
That evening Anna said she broke down and decided “enough was enough,” opting to do all she could to lose weight.
The 29-year-old admitted that she had tried to lose weight before, losing 120 pounds in 2019, before gaining the weight back after the coronavirus pandemic started.
This time, through a combination of diet and weight loss surgery, Anna was able to lose an amazing 190 pounds in around a year.
Having documented her inspiring mindset, exercises, diet and plus-sized fashion choices on TikTok, Anna has gained a large following.
She is now able to run, play, jump and dance with TK name, and is planning to continue documenting the next steps in her weight loss journey.
Anna, who currently weighs 260 pounds, said: “I am now able to run, play, jump and dance with my nephew.
“We have so much fun together.
“When he is at our home his favorite thing to do is run up and down a hill in our yard.
“I can now easily run up and down with him and I feel so free every time.
“I hope others are inspired and see that they can do hard things and that they are worth fighting for themselves and their health.
“It doesn’t matter how many times you try, just as long as you do not give up.”