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"I really don't remember a time not being overweight," she says looking back, saying she was always labeled "the fat kid" growing up and felt "doomed" to be overweight her entire life. While pregnant, she says she used it as an excuse to overeat and when her daughter was born, she hit a real low point when she was unable to get up and walk with her daughter as she took her first steps due to her weight. "My body was just too heavy," she says. "It was a breaking point."
The moment of not being able to get up and go to her child during that milestone inspired her to join a gym, where she discovered she weighed 440 pounds -- but this did not deter her from her fitness goals.
She says the first 6 months of working out was something she hated, but she kept the motto, "Always keep fighting," in the back of her head as pushed through. "There are times when you want to give up, your brain is saying,'I can't do this, it's too hard' Always keep fighting!" she says.
Joining The Doctors on stage, April reveals her amazing transformation, losing 280 pounds over the course of 3 years.
She says she would exercise 6 times a week and sometimes more than once a day. She says during certain times of the year, Thanksgiving and Christmas, she was tempted by all the excess of food but relied on her motto "Always keep fighting," to keep her eating check. "The pumpkin pie is not worth it, being able to move my body is what's worth it," April notes.
Like many people during their weight loss journey, she had ups and downs and times when she hit a wall. April credits her trainer for keeping her weight loss on track and helping her to get over any weight loss plateaus.
After losing 280 pounds, April is left with considerable excess skin. We are pleased to surprise her with an offer from plastic surgeon Dr. Tamir Mosharrafa, who has agreed to give her skin removal surgery at no cost to her. We can't wait to see April after her possibly life-changing surgery!