How One Plastic Surgeon’s Hurtful Comment Motivated Me To Lose 45kg

I have been overweight and struggled with my weight for the majority of my adult life. For the most part of my early adulthood and into my 20s, I was always the biggest out of all my friends. I was a shell – I just existed, and the sad part was that I actually started to believe that my life wasn’t capable of getting any better.

By 23, I was over 110kgs, I hated myself. I avoided mirrors, I cut off size tags from all my clothing so I didn’t have to see that I was a young girl wearing size 22 tops. My life was miserable.

I masked my unhappiness with humour and alcohol. I took on the role as ‘the funny chubby girl’. I would make fun of myself and my size to act like I didn’t care, but really deep down inside I was dying. I had no respect for myself or my body. I had convinced myself that it was all fine. I can admit now that I was delusional – delusional about the size I had become and delusional about my satisfaction with life.

The moment I decided to transform my life

At the middle of 2015, I was the biggest I had ever been – I was over 115kgs. I had always had troublesome breasts they were a size 20E and incredibly uneven. I found a number of ‘suspicious lumps’ and given that my aunt had breast cancer, it was concerning, so I was told I should consider a breast reduction.

I remember going to see the plastic surgeon, excited at the thought of having ‘normal-sized breasts’.

He told me to lose at least 20 kgs, and then come back. As I was leaving I heard him whisper to his nurse: ‘She won’t be back’.

Mum and I went to the surgeon together. He told me I needed reconstructive surgery and that he couldn’t operate on me due to my size. The tears welled up in my eyes as the surgeon went on to tell me that I was ‘morbidly obese’, an ‘unfit candidate’, and that the surgery would be ‘far too risky due to my size’. He told me to lose at least 20 kgs, and then come back to him. As I was leaving I heard him whisper to his nurse: ‘She won’t be back’.

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Kate lost 20kg on her own, before losing another 25kg on the 28 By Sam Wood program.

At first, I hated him, thinking ‘how dare he speak to me like this!’, but I didn’t give up. I walked out of the clinic that day – hurt and angry – but I still I scheduled my surgery for 7 months time. I was going to lose that weight!

I made it my mission to lose that weight because I wanted that surgery and because I didn’t want to be ‘that morbidly obese person‘ any longer. I used Google to make my healthy meal plans and I went on half-hour walks to exercise every day.

“I’m no longer scared of life – I’m excited for it!”

Fast forward to the end of 2015, I was 20kg lighter and I had my reconstructive breast surgery. I was by no means at a healthy weight yet, but I was motivated and I wanted to keep going. I was no longer scared of life – I was excited for it!

Why I chose the 28 program to help me

In February of 2016, I saw a promotion for 28 by Sam Wood – an online weightloss program. Even though I was now 20kg down, I still had a lot more weight to lose.

I had started my weight loss journey alone and I really wanted to keep going but, honestly, I had no faith that I would be able to keep going on my own. I knew I was going to needed support.

The 28 program was described as a ‘supportive online program’, and that was what I needed at this stage of my journey. So I joined the 28 program and I haven’t looked back. 12 months on the 28 Program and I have lost another 25kg, taking my total weight loss to 45kgs.

12 months with the 28 Program and I have lost another 25kg, taking my total weight loss to 45kgs.

The 28 program is so interactive, I actually feel like I see Sam regularly. I was no longer navigating this crazy weight-loss journey alone, I knew I had a whole community riding the waves with me. 12 months on, it still blows my mind just how supportive and evolving the program is.

The food is constantly changing, the workouts are always developing and challenging me. I cannot speak highly enough of Sam and his crew and the wonderful program of 28 and its members.

The support is second to none, and even though there are lots of members, I feel like I’m Sam’s only client. If I had a question, bam! It’s answered in a few hours. Need additional support? Bam! It’s there.

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28 By Sam Wood Program: We support you become the healthiest, happiest version of you.

My biggest challenge to getting fit & healthy again

The mental mind game was most challenging for me and learning to believe in myself. I compared myself to everyone – in every aspect – “That girl is losing weight quicker than me”. Focussing on your own journey and getting your mindset right is really hard at first, but so important.


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Posted by Sam Wood

Father and husband, on a mission to help people move more, eat better and make a positive change. Sam Wood has over 18 years experience in the health and fitness industry, and is recognised as one of Australia’s leading experts and media commentators. He is also the founder and trainer at Australia’s number one online fitness and nutrition program, and owner of Australia’s largest personal training studio, The Woodshed.