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A mother-of-two has revealed she became overweight after experiencing abuse as a child, but it all changed when she met the love of her life, overhauled her diet and dropped seven dress sizes.
Growing up, weight loss coach, Shandra Redwine, 34, from Holland, Michigan, was physically and psychologically abused by her stepfather between the ages of four and 13. He would hit her and made her feel worthless.
Experience - Lead - Indulging - Food - Years
The traumatizing experience lead to her indulging in food for years which increased her weight to approximately 260 pounds (18st 8Ib) and a size 22 dress size.
It wasn't until Shandra was 13 that her stepfather was arrested for domestic and child abuse after a stranger saw him hit her in the face outside their home.
Life - Mom - Ordeal - Food
Despite him being out of her life after her mom divorced him, the emotional ordeal she went through didn't stop her from binging on food.
She met engineer and the love of her life, Gerald, 39, when she was 16-years-old, and they got married in 2011.
Years - Children - Twenties - Scales - Point
A few years later, they both agreed they wanted to try to have children, as they were in their late twenties. This is when she stepped on the scales and reached her breaking point.
She wanted to lose weight to improve her health to be the best mom for their future children and after taking up running and changing her diet, she shrunk down to a healthy 145 pounds (10st 4Ib) and a size eight dress side.
Child - Brecken - Years - Son - Hendrick
In 2014 they welcomed their first child, Brecken, four, and two years later they had another son, Hendrick, two.
She has since taken back the confidence that her stepfather had stolen from her and couldn't be happier as a wife and mom-of-two.
Family - Walks
The family regularly go out for walks together, as well as often going running and...
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