The couple is indeed keeping that “in sickness and in health” vow — they even got married.
Kenny Turner and Lauren Harvey lost a whopping 330 pounds together after falling in love in 2018 — and faced life-threatening concerns about their mental and physical health together.
“I’ve avoided almost all social settings and any event where I have to go out in public,” Turner, 37, said of his self-loathing social isolation. “Everywhere I went I felt like the biggest person in the room and everyone was staring at me and judging me.”
Turner weighed 410 pounds, while Harvey, 35, weighed 296 pounds.
“I knew the weight was putting a strain on the relationship because of how uncomfortable I was in general — but didn’t really understand the extent of it until later,” Turner, a civil servant in New York state, told Media Drum. “I knew she was my soulmate. Lorraine found a way to love me through my worst times and find what little joy I had.
Turner knew he needed to get healthy for his own sake and for the sake of his relationship with Harvey. However, he previously scoffed at the idea of weight loss surgery – until Harvey informed him that she was considering going under the knife herself.
A pair of dedicated “reverse enablers” decided to go Vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG) surgery In autumn 2019.
Turner is now up to a healthy 211 pounds, while Harvey is down to 163.
“The thought of someone being able to go through this process [with] A lot of my anxiety subsided, so I finally decided to go ahead with the surgery,” he added.
As for Harvey, she was persuaded by Turner to undergo a major abdominal procedure. Surgery significantly reduces the size of the abdomen by removing 85% of the organs. So patients are able Eat very little – especially in the first year after surgery – and lose weight.
“Before I met Kenny, losing weight was always about being pretty and skinny and hoping I’d be pretty and skinny enough to find someone who would love me,” she said.
“I’m very lucky that things didn’t turn out that way. When I met my now-fiancé, I was at or near my heaviest weight,” Harvey gushes. “It didn’t matter. He still loved me. He loved me for me and because of or in spite of my weight. It was a game changer for me,” she added.
Her diet is now full of protein as told to VSG patients This is their number one food group. She mainly eats egg whites and low-fat cheese for breakfast, grilled chicken and salad or vegetables for lunch. Skinnytest Dinner recipe.
Turner downs a protein shake and a banana for breakfast. For lunch and dinner, he eats three to five ounces of lean protein, two ounces of green vegetables, and two ounces of protein. complex carbohydrates.
He works out at least four times a week, doing strength training, cardio and muscle workouts.
Harvey’s workouts include cardio and strength training, daily walks and weekend hikes.
“When I was growing up, I didn’t really know how much I was missing out on in life,” Turner said. “Now, I feel much more present in the moment and more active in everyday activities.”
“Losing weight doesn’t make all your problems go away, but it does enable you to deal with them without using your weight as a barrier or an excuse to work on those problems,” Harvey said.