A college student revealed how she shed 100 pounds after she nearly died of a blood clot.
Lori Odegaard, 24, of North Dakota, said she first decided it was time to change her lifestyle in the fall of 2016 after noticing she could barely walk up a flight of stairs.
The incident made Lori take a closer look at her weight, and she was shocked to discover that she tipped the weight to 297 kg.
Determined to turn her life around, the student began to go on a diet and exercise and ended up losing 40 pounds, but her weight loss journey was shortened as she began to show signs of polycystic ovary syndrome – a hormonal disorder that causes enlarged ovaries with small cysts on outer edges.
Discouraged, Lori stopped maintaining her healthy lifestyle. However, after nearly losing her life due to a blood clot in her uterus, she was inspired to turn things around again.
She has now lost 100 pounds in total and is training to run a half marathon.
A college student revealed how she shed 100 pounds after she nearly died of a blood clot. She is pictured before (left) and after (right) her weight loss
Lori Odegaard, 24, of North Dakota, decided it was time to change her lifestyle in 2016 after she had trouble walking up stairs. She is pictured before (left) and after (right) her weight loss
She started dieting and exercising and lost 40 pounds, but her weight loss journey was shortened as she began to show signs of polycystic ovary syndrome. She is depicted as a child
It all started while Lori, a student at North Dakota State University, was visiting her family for a Thanksgiving vacation.
She said she was startled after walking up 10 stairs and could not breathe.
‘I could not breathe again and it was very alarming to me because I thought,’ There’s no way I should fight to get air, ‘she recalled during a recent interview with the Today show.
‘It was a bit of a red flag for me and it was at that point that I was like this just got out of control. I have to do something. ‘
She started by cutting her portions in half and walking 30 minutes a day. But when she went back to college, she admitted that it was hard for her to keep up with the diet.
She explained: ‘It was really hard because my friends wanted to eat what they wanted and I really had to stay on track.
‘I would try to eat a salad at every meal. I thought to cut out bread and starch and junk food … [would work]. ‘
Lori stopped maintaining her healthy lifestyle. However, after almost dying from a blood clot in her womb, she was inspired to turn things around again. She is depicted as a teenager
She has now lost 100 pounds in total and is training to run a half marathon. She opened up about her journey during a recent interview with The Today Show
It all started when Lori, who is a student at North Dakota State University, climbed 10 stairs and could not breathe. She is pictured before (left) and after (right) her weight loss
She started by halving her portions and walking 30 minutes a day – and she lost 40 kilos. She is pictured before (left) and after (right) her weight loss
After making those changes, Lori lost 40 pounds. But as she went through some health issues, she stopped focusing on losing weight.
In addition to showing early signs of polycystic ovary syndrome, doctors also believed that Lori had fibromas – non-cancerous growths in the uterus – or endometriosis – a disorder in which tissues that normally line the uterus grow outside the uterus.
It turned out that it was none of those things. She underwent emergency surgery and they then discovered that she actually had a blood clot ‘the size of a baseball’ that was rotting in her womb.
After the procedure, Lori realized she needed to get back in shape.
“I had been complacent and stood on the plateau for eight months,” she said. ‘After that surgery, I started to feel good again.’
Lori started counting her calories and it changed everything for her. The method allowed her to eat healthy, yet still pamper herself once in a while.
“It’s been the most successful thing I’ve come across in my weight loss journey because it’s taught me a good relationship about eating food,” she told the newspaper.
As she went through some health issues, she stopped focusing on losing weight. She was then operated on due to a blood clot. She is pictured before (left) and after (right) her weight loss
After the procedure, Lori realized she needed to get back in shape. She has now lost 100 pounds in total. She is pictured after her weight loss
She credits calorie counting as one of the most important things that contributed to her weight loss. She is pictured before (left) and after (right) her weight loss
What is polycystic ovary syndrome – the disease they originally thought Lori had?
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (POS) is a hormonal disorder that causes enlarged ovaries with small cysts on the outer edges
- It can affect your ability to have a baby, stop your periods or make them difficult to predict, cause acne and unwanted body and facial hair, and increase your risk of other health problems, including diabetes and high blood pressure.
- Symptoms include: absent, irregular, infrequent or prolonged periods, dark skin or excess skin on the neck or armpits, mood swings, pelvic pain, weight gain and more
- Some women with PCOS have cysts on their ovaries, but many women do not
- Source: WebMD
‘I can eat healthy food and when I’m out I can go to Starbucks and get coffee. It allows for balance and really eating in moderation. ‘
Lori said she makes small changes to what she eats – like minced turkey instead of minced beef or sugar-free spices instead of regular – and that makes all the difference.
She also continued to do cardio and recently began strength training. She has since lost another 60 pounds, a total of 100 pounds, since she started in 2016.
“When I started four years ago, I set myself a goal … to lose 100 pounds,” she said.
‘Now that I’ve hit this, I say,’ Wow, I can do anything I want and it does not matter how long it takes. ‘
Before, Lori said she was ashamed to take pictures of herself, but now she is proud to show her body online and compare it to the way she used to look.
‘When I started, I was so embarrassed about myself. But now that I look back, I wish I would have taken more, ‘she said.
‘When I felt down, I took a picture and put them side by side, reminding myself, “That’s how far you have come. Look how much you’ve already done.”
Lori is ‘really happy where she is’ now, and is currently training to run a half marathon.
She urged others trying to lose weight to be kind to themselves, no matter what the results are.
She concluded: ‘It’s really hard no matter how much you lose and it requires a lot of strength and determination. Just do not be too harsh on yourself. ‘