- Shandra Redwine, 33, a weight loss and life coach, from Holland, Michigan has lost 92lbs since her wedding day
- She says she decided to pose in her wedding dress as she thought it would be ‘great #transformationtuesday material’
- Shandra decided to lose weight when the scale tipped 258lbs so joined a gym and started Weight Watchers
- She says her ‘breaking point’ was not being able to fit into a roller coaster seat
- After the birth of her second son, she started the ketogenic diet and says it helped her drop 22lbs in two months; she now weighs 166lbs
While most women strive to look as thin as possible on their wedding day, one proud mom-of-two is happily highlighting the fact that she has now shrunk to half the size she was on her big day.
Shandra Redwine, 33, a weight loss and life coach, from Holland, Michigan, posted before-and-after pictures of herself in her wedding dress, revealing that the once-perfectly fitting design now swamps her slimmed down size 10 figure.
Captioning the Instagram picture, the mother-of-two boys wrote: ‘I was doing another closet purge just now and found my size TWENTY-TWO wedding dress buried in the back.
Transformation: Shandra Redwine, from Holland, Michigan, posted a picture of her posing in her size 22 wedding dress, which now swamps her slimmed down size 10 figure
Fighting fit: The weight loss and life coach got married five years ago and at her heaviest weighed 258 pounds but now weighs 166 pounds
Changes: Shandra says she knew she was ‘fat’ (pictured left before her transformation and right, after) but says when the scaled tipped 258 pounds she knew she had to make a change
Gym bunny: The mom-of-two joined a gym and set herself a personal goal of going for 21 days straight to kick start her weight loss
‘I haven’t tried it on since my wedding five years ago and thought it might be great #transformationtuesday material. The craziest part is that I had already lost 35 pounds and I was feeling super skinny on my wedding day.’
She added: ‘What a crazy journey!’
When Shandra started her weight loss journey, she weighed 258 pounds, but has since shed an incredibly impressive amount, revealing that she currently tips the scales at just 166 pounds.
Revealing details about her weight loss journey on her website, Shandra said that while she was never more than ‘a little pudgy’ growing up, her weight started to creep up during adulthood.
‘I knew I was fat but I had a ton of friends, owned my own business, and had an amazing boyfriend (my now husband) who loved me despite my weight, so I just sort of ignored it. I kept telling myself I was “just a little pudgy” and maybe people didn’t really notice.’
However, when the scales tipped 258 pounds in 2012, and series of ’embarrassing occasions’ including not being able to fit into a seat in a roller coaster and at the Oprah show studio taping occurred, Shandra said she finally reached her ‘breaking point’.
Low carb lifestyle: Shandra managed to drop 74 pounds after joining Weight Watchers but says the ketogenic diet has allowed her to lose even more weight
Roller coaster: Shandra (left before her weight loss and right, after) also revealed that not being able to fit into a roller coaster seat acted as a breaking point
Goals: Shandra’s goal weight is 158 pounds and she is currently aiming to achieve that number by Christmas
She joined a gym and set herself a personal goal of going 21 days in a row, as she had heard it took this many days to form a new habit.
To improve her diet and learn how to eat better, the mom-of-two joined Weight Watchers and successfully lost 74 pounds in nine months.
She also revealed that she hovered around the 200 pounds mark for three years, during two pregnancies, and when her second son was seven months old, she ‘decided it was time to finish what I started’.
After ‘a lot of research’, she decided to embark upon a low-carb, ketogenic and gluten-free diet, and says for the first time in 15 years her IBS was under control and she dropped 22 pounds in two months.
Her goals weight is 158 pounds and Shandra has embarked on a December challenge on her DietBet page so she can achieve this number by Christmas.