EPISODE 131

Coleen Renee: The Dark Side Of Life

Get ready for an incredible weight loss story. Weighing 525 lbs at her heaviest, @ColeenSykesRay, a mother of 2 had to take at least 10 different medications for obesity related diseases just to get through the day. She’s had congestive heart failure, diabetes, hypertension, kidney issues, bladder problems, asthma and joint pain. She recalls her daily dietary intake and how her habits as a child influenced her relationship with food.

“We eat when we’re happy, we eat when we’re sad, we eat when we’re angry. Food is our comfort.”

She also tells us her story of sadness, guilt and falling into a deep depression after losing a loved one. For anyone who has struggled with their weight, there’s a moment, a breaking point where you decide that enough is enough. “I remember looking in the mirror one day, and I didn’t recognize myself”, Coleen recalls.

She gives us her insight on the lack of conversation within the African-American community about mental health issues such as depression and the problems that arise from this.

After a year of hiding and blaming herself, Coleen found strength by praying and reconnecting with her faith. She shares how in moments of need, it is meaningful for many to confide in a higher power as this can change one’s mindset and one’s life.

In her story, she shows us that small steps lead to a large victory. Now, 289lbs lighter, Coleen is a “walking miracle” she now owns a bakery and she has started a non-profit organisation called “Bags of Hope – Stockton Foundation” which distributes feminine hygiene products to homeless women and girls. Coleen is a woman with a big heart, we hope that her story inspires you.

 
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