She can make as many memories with her kids as she wants after deciding to not live the rest of her life with no regrets. “I could have lived the rest of my life being a bystander and now I get to be a participant in my life and my children’s lives."
From being the woman who was too embarrassed to pose for pictures, she has transformed into a woman who feels confident in her own skin and now, posts pictures of her life to motivate others to go "Get It, Girl".
It all began on New Year's Day in 2018 when Maggie Wells had a "bone-chilling" thought cross her mind. Seeing the weighing scale read 300 pounds pushed her to realize that things can no longer go this way. And more than the concern for her own health, it was the thought of wanting to be there for her children that triggered the need to want a change for this mother.
“I wasn’t afraid I was going to die because of my weight, but I was afraid that just if something happened, my kids would have no pictures to remember me,” Maggie told Good Morning America. "My son was 6 at the time and I think we had two pictures together."
The 34-year-old mother of three children took a decision that changed everything for her. "I just woke up on New Year’s Day and that was the first thought that struck me immediately," Maggie recalls. But she wanted to do more than just spend hour after hour in the gym or stay glued to fancy body-building equipment to lose weight.
With determination and the thought of her kids, she brought discipline into her life and lost 185 pounds by just changing her diet. All that Maggie did was remove added sugars from her diet and slashing her intake of daily carbohydrates.
It may seem like a simple switch in the diet, but there's no denying it takes real willpower and self discipline to achieve the results Maggie did. And it didn't take long for her weighing scale to start showing results of her new, healthy diet.
Maggie lost 24 pounds in the first month and she shed about 185 pounds after about 12 months. Now that she's a year into her new lifestyle, she also decided to add some exercise to her daily routine.
What's most remarkable about a transformation like this is not just that her dress sizes have considerably shrunk or that she's a lot more confident now when it comes to taking pictures with her kids. Maggie's mental health, too, has transformed to a more positive state. With all the weight that she has shed, the mother of three has gained the mental clarity to live a full life, while also being able to be there for her kids.
“I feel like I’m 15 years younger,” she said. “I don’t know how to describe it other than I feel like a brand new person.” With a whole new outlook, she also added, “I have mental clarity and literally a whole new lease on life.”
Cutting out added sugars and unnecessary carbohydrates might seem like too much for some and too little for others when it comes to weight loss. But for Maggie, deciding to that was a real turning point, especially because she didn't suffocate her mind with weight targets or be obsessed with what she can and cannot eat.
It was about taking one day at a time.
“I didn’t need to focus that I had to lose 200 pounds or even 20 pounds, I would just focus on 24 hours,” she said. “I would tell myself, ‘I only have to get through the next 24 hours. If I want [a specific food or drink] at this time tomorrow, I’ll allow myself to have it.’ That mindset is what still keeps me sticking to it."
There were definitely days where she felt like giving up. "I remember feeling so defeated, wondering how many pounds I would have to lose before there would be any noticeable change," she wrote on Facebook. "I didn't allow that feeling of defeat to take over. Instead, it fueled me. It gave me passion, new goal and a purpose. Those size 20 jeans have long been gone, but I often recall how I felt that day. That is what keeps me going."
By including meat, vegetables, and eggs into her diet, Maggie points out how anybody with any budget can do what she did and follow the ketogenic diet, which is a diet centered around consuming high fats and low carbohydrates. “I don’t have time to be making substitute breads and all of those things,” said the mother. “I found that this diet can be done by anybody on any budget.”
A few years ago, she would rarely take pictures. But now, she has no qualms about putting up pictures of her extra skin and keeping things as real as she can. Maggie does not want to get a surgery or change her body any further to get rid of the extra skin.
The 34-year-old mother-of-three has wholeheartedly embraced the new look, with the wrinkles and stretch marks, showing her children that there's no need to be ashamed of the body that has taken you through the toughest times in life. “People are seeing [the] real deal of this is your body when you lose a lot of weight,” she said.
What matters most is that now she can make as many memories with her kids as she wants and not having to live life with any regrets. She said, “I could have lived the rest of my life being a bystander and now I get to be a participant in my life and my children’s lives."