Mary Jane O’Toole: Lost 135 Lbs.
Their relationship hadn’t been good for O’Toole’s health when she got engaged in 2016, but she was thrilled to marry her boyfriend. She weighed 281 lbs. after six years of eating fast food and not exercising. At 25 years old, he was suffering from knee problems.
Plus, O’Toole was dreading buying a wedding dress at her size.
“I didn’t want to buy a plus-size wedding dress, because they cost way more than straight sizes,” she says. “I felt like I was paying this fat tax — I didn’t have the ability to buy affordable clothes because I was bigger.”
Along with her fiancé, With the help of LoseIt!, O’Toole started tracking her calories and meals. There is an app for that. She dropped a large amount of weight. She started incorporating exercise into her routine over a year ago. O’Toole had lost 135 lbs by the day of her wedding. She was able to purchase the dress of her dreams in a size 6.
“The ideal dress that I had in my head was cleavage-baring with a dramatic accent, and then I went with a long-sleeved dress that went up to my neck with a bare back. I had never pictured something fitted, but I felt awesome in it because I had done it and lost the weight,” she says.
If O’Toole has lost her weight, it’s because of her strict diet. She continues to eat as healthily as she can, but says that she feels frustrated with the loose skin she’s now able to see under her clothes.
“The biggest one is being able to shop out of my friends’ closets — I had never been able to do that before,” she says. “It’s so cool, it’s like I have double the closets, and what I had always dreamt about doing in high school!”