Do you think you need to shed a few pounds to look better? Well, you know what you need to do, don’t you? But hold on, don’t tell me you are Lazy! Not disciplined! Looks like you need a little bit of push; maybe some inspiration or perhaps shock! Put on your seatbelts what you are about to witness will perhaps shock you initially but sure to motivate and inspire you to get kick-started on your fitness drive.
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Who’s Mama June?
This is the story of 39 years old June Shannon from McIntyre, Georgia. June, a mother of 3 girls apparently weighed 460 pounds a few years back. What’s going to shock you is the fact that she worked her way to a skinny size 4! Hers is a story of amazing determination, grit, discipline and a lot of hard work.
June also known as “Mama June” featured in the reality show series “Here comes Honey Boo Boo” which had a 2-year run on TLC (a satellite and cable-based TV network in the US). The show featured Alana (June’s daughter and called Honey Boo Boo in the show) and the whole family and their adventures. The show was suspended in 2014. June made a re-appearance in “Mama June: From-Not-to-Hot”, a sequel of sorts in which Mama June new look sent shock waves through her audience.
Amazing Journey of Transformation
How did she do it? That’s perhaps your thought and question mixed together. You would, of course, want to emulate and follow Mama June. She has been candid enough to share her story of grit and what led to this transformation.
Kept herself busy: As June admits herself, she focused hard on keeping herself busy and occupied with activities all day. When she started losing weight she was still working on the show. This helped her to keep away from food. To keep herself busy she maintains an active social life.
Walked daily: Mama June would also make it a point to walk 3-5 kilometres a day. She claims that it helped a lot. What kept her going was that she always had the kids along with her.
Sought professional help: June hired a professional trainer who contributed a lot by way of guiding her with the right lifestyle choices and advice. She felt accountable to her trainer and that helped maintain the discipline.
Underwent Surgery: June went under the knife and had to have a gastric sleeve surgery done. This was necessitated as dieting was causing her to faint. This surgery essentially makes the stomach shrink in size and that suppresses hunger. Some doctors prescribe phentermine, which is an appetite suppressant.
Following the surgery, June was kept on a liquid diet by her doctors and after recovery, she continued with her exercise regimen. Having lost 150 pounds, left June with a double chin. A cosmetic procedure (called cool sculpting) helped her get rid of that.
She was also left with awkwardly hanging skin in areas where she had lost a lot of weight. She resorted to cosmetic surgery to get the excess skin removed from her stomach, arms and neck. Plus, a breast lift and she was back in shape.
Watched her diet: The discipline of eating smaller portions and eliminating sugary drinks (and replacing it with plain water) certainly helped as confessed by Mama June.
Lauryn, also helped June avoid late night snacking which apparently, she would crave for once the kids went to bed. Some people use phentermine to get the same result.
Family Support Was Critical
According to June, having her daughter Alana and Lauryn by her side on the weight loss mission, certainly was a big plus. All three would walk together, diet together and watch over each other.
In June’s own words, her ex-husband Mike Thompson had cheated on her and invited her for his second wedding. Initially, June wanted to take a date along and that was kind of her way of getting back at Mike.
However, her good friend Big Mike counselled her to change for herself. She badly wanted to get in shape, to create the Mama June new look, to get into a new relationship.
The Dramatic Appearance
When “Mama June: From-Not-To-Hot” started to telecast in 2017, June looked her old self. Some believe, June was made to wear a fat suit and prosthetic make up so that she could show up in her new avatar towards the finale.
She vehemently denies having done any such thing. The ploy certainly worked and Mama June new look, when it was revealed finally made everyone’s jaws drop.
The new Mama June
June’s family reveals that it took her time to mentally reconcile with her new personality and looks. June believes that while people perceive her as a different person, that’s only on the outside, inside she’s always seen her the way she is: happy and outgoing.
One thing is for sure, June’s story will act as motivation to thousands of people around the world who dream of transforming their bodies and lives. A mix of diet, exercise and phentermine is all you may need to get there.