About two years ago, this young lady’s weight had ballooned to a massive 644 pounds (approx. 292 kg), and she had all but given up any hope of losing weight and leading a normal life.
This morbidly obese 23-year-old had the face of an angel, but because of her weight, she couldn’t stand on her own, let alone perform simple tasks. Then, Amber Rachdi joined the “My 600-lb Life” TV show and set out on a journey to save her own life, which included the brave decision to undergo gastric bypass surgery, as well as make drastic lifestyle changes.
Amber Rachdi from Portland, Oregon, had always been considered obese. As a 5-year-old, she weighed in at 160 pounds (approx. 73 kg); when she reached sweet sixteen she could no longer walk unaided and had to use a wheelchair to get around.
Amber joined the television show after several years of dealing with anxiety, low self-esteem, and overeating. Though she always maintained that she always ate a healthy diet, she needed to overeat.
She is now able to live independently. Although she admits she still needs to lose more weight, she oozes self-confidence and has become determined.
“I have hope. Now the world is open to me. I’m no longer Amber of one room, one house,” she said, reports MailOnline.
By the time her episode went to air in Feb. 2015, Amber had shed more than 400 pounds (approx. 181 kg) and combined with her great instinct for style and her makeup expertise, she looks nothing short of amazing. She is one determined lady and has turned her health around just in time.
On her journey to good health, Amber earned the respect of thousands on social media, who helped support her on her mission. The end result of her journey so far is nothing short of astonishing.
The first step is always the hardest. Whether it’s to change your eating habits, get more exercise, give up smoking or some other destructive health habit, your end result will be well worth it.
Amber is happy to share her story on social media and help inspire others. Many others out there will gain inspiration from her, and be able to start their own journey back to health.
As one Chinese saying goes: “To get through the hardest journey we need take only one step at a time, but we must keep on stepping.”