Nurse ‘ashamed’ of telling patients to slim down loses half her body weight in one year

A nurse has shed over half of her body weight after feeling embarrassed to tell overweight patients to slim down.

Katie Burgauer, a nurse from Florida, has inspired others after halving her 20 stone figure in a year.

The 26 year old had ‘struggled’ with her weight for as long as she could remember. Despite being active when she was younger, she continued to gain weight which was made worse when her mum tragically died in a car accident.

Katie recalls how she battled to keep off the pounds in an Instagram post writing, ‘By the time I was a teenager I was totally miserable. I hated the way I looked and felt. I was depressed all the time and my weight was a constant reminder of my weakness.’

Katie remembers how she felt ‘addicted’ to junk food and was caught in a binging cycle, which became an emotional crutch when her mother passed away.

‘In 2013 my mother died in a tragic car accident. My weight spiralled out of control and I reached an all time low- with my highest documented weight of 283 pounds.’

At her heaviest Katie had grown to a size XXL in scrubs which she had to order in for work.

But ultimately, it was her job working at a hospital that saved her, as she became aware of the health risks of being obese and was ashamed to tell overweight patients to lose weight themselves.

‘Working as a nurse with bariatrics patients I became terrified that if I didn’t make a change, my health was going to go downhill in the up coming years.’

Hey guys! So I have a lot of new people here following my journey with lots of questions regarding my weight loss.. I posted my story a couple of days ago but here it is again! My name is Katie! I'm a 26 year old nurse residing in the sunshine state. I struggled with my weight for as long as I can remember. I was an active kid- I played sports year round, but the weight just started to pile on. By the time I was a teenager I was totally miserable. I hated the way I looked and felt. I was depressed all the time and my weight was a constant reminder of my weakness. From a young age I became addicted to junk food. I would go from binging to starving myself. I was able to lose small amounts of weight but always inevitably gained it back plus more. In 2013 my mother died in a tragic car accident. My weight spiraled out of control and I reached an all time low- with my highest documented weight of 283 pounds. Working as a nurse with bariatrics patients I became terrified that if I didn't make a change, my health was going to go downhill in the up coming years. On September 3, 2015- the 2 year anniversary of my mother's death I underwent gastric sleeve surgery. During the following days I was treated for pneumonia and was rushed to the ICU when my kidneys completely shut down leaving me to face the possibility of dialysis. 2 weeks later I was released and my kidneys are in tip top shape! Over the following year I lost 130 pounds!! Losing the weight felt great, but I was left with a daunting amount of sagging skin. I still felt as though I had to hide under layers of clothing so no one would notice the mountains of skin that my body was left with. On January 10,2017 I underwent an abdominoplasty with breast lift by the most phenomenal surgeon I have ever met. He was able to sculpt my body and remove over 4 pounds of skin. Today- I look in the mirror and I love myself and my reflection staring back at me. I'm in no way saying we shouldn't love our body no matter what it looks like, but personally-I did not.It wasn't until the day after my plastic surgery that I realized how much I had been missing out on in life. Hope you guys stick around, it's only gonna get better!

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In September 2015 she turned to gastric sleeve surgery and had a two-hour operation to remove part of her stomach, therefore restricting the amount she could eat.

‘I thought I could be happy looking in the mirror, rather than hating what I saw.

‘I knew if I didn’t make the appointment there and then, I’d chicken out.’

Despite being hit with a worrying complication after she contracted pneumonia and her kidneys began to shut down, Katie recovered with amazing results.

Battling through, she went on to lose 130 pounds over the next year – shrinking from a size 24 to a size 8. Katie now says she feels ‘like a different person in my scrubs’.

Comparing her transformation in her uniform, Katie said:

‘Literally crying. LITERALLY. I seriously can’t believe my own eyes. It’s crazy watching our own body change. It happens right in front of your own eyes and you don’t even realize it. I was trying on some new scrubs today because I only have one pair that fits and I figured why not do a side by side.’

Literally crying. LITERALLY. I seriously can't believe my own eyes. It's crazy watching our own body change. It happens right in front of your own eyes and you don't even realize it. I was trying on some new scrubs today because I only have one pair that fits and I figured why not do a side by side – so I started browsing old photos and all I can say … is holy shit. LOOK.AT.MY.FACE. Brb- gonna go cry some tears of joy 😭😂🤣😅 size 2x—>small #vsgjourney #wls #transformationwednesday #wlscommunity #weightloss #weightlossstory #weightlossjourney #weightlossmotivation #weightlossinspiration #weightlosssurgery #vsg #extremeweightloss #extremetransformation #weightlosstransformation #transformationfitnation #fitgirl #tummytuck #tummytuckjourney #plasticsurgery #abdominoplasty #fitness #extremeweightloss #fit #fitgirls #beforeandafter #transformation #registerednurse #nurse #rn #scrubs #nurselife

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Speaking to the Mirror, the nurse revealed how much better she feels in herself but that surgery is not just a fast track to losing weight.

‘I feel confident and amazing, and feel like my patients are more interested in what I say.

‘A lot of people think weight loss surgery is miraculous and that the weight just falls off, but you still have to eat healthy and exercise.’

The Mirror reports that Katie swapped fast food for a breakfast of egg and turkey bacon and tries to run three miles, four times a week.

Katie has shared her inspirational journey on social media, also documenting the excess skin she had been left with after losing so much weight, which she chose to remove with surgery.

In a before and after picture on Instagram, Katie asks followers, ‘Do you guys have a reward in mind that you want to get for yourself once you reach your goal?—my biggest reward for myself was my excess skin removal.’

When I was heavier.. I remember wishing I.could shop at Victoria's Secret. And after I lost weight- I did shop there a little. But I have always wanted a pair of their yoga pants- and they are freakin expensive 😅 so I told myself when I got to where I wanted to me- where they wouldn't be too big in a few months I would buy a pair. That day has come. Sometimes you gotta treatttttt yo selfff 💁🏻 Do you guys have a reward in mind that you want to get for yourself once you reach your goal?—my biggest reward for myself was my excess skin removal. so happy I made the choice to have that skin chopped off…cause damn. It feels good to love my body. PS- Its unfortunate I have to write this disclaimer but any and all negative comments will be ignored and blocked. We as a community need to learn to magnify each other's strengths not their weaknesses. #swellhell #vsgjourney #wls #wlsfamily #wlscommunity #weightloss #weightlossstory #weightlossjourney #fattofit #weightlossmotivation #weightlossinspiration #fitnessmotivation #vsg #flatstomach #extremeweightloss #extremetransformation #weightlosstransformation #transformationfitnation #tummytuck #tummytuckjourney #plasticsurgery #abdominoplasty #victoriasecrets #excessskinremoval #excessskin #wlsproblems #bodypositive #beforeandafter #loveyourself #fitspo

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Followers have praised Katie for her transformation, flooding her posts with comments such as, ‘Your transformation is admirable. Keep up the good work!’ and ‘Aweee, I bet your mom would be so proud of you for doing it! @kburg21 I bet she is looking down on you now and constantly sending you ❤!’.