By Josh Saunders
A dangerously obese trainee teacher who lost 21 stone after her heart stopped is now accused of photoshopping pictures because she’s unrecognizable.
Robin Janes, 28, from Newfoundland, Canada, chose to change her life after suffering a fatal blood clot four-years-ago, needing nurses to tirelessly work to bring her back to life.
At her heaviest she was over 32stone (450lb) and was so large that she was forced to use an industrial set of scales meant for weighing large quantities of fish.
But after nearly dying and being declared ‘too overweight to work’ she radically changed her lifestyle, switching four large lasagne servings for nutritional shakes, healthy food and daily walks.
Now having lost a whopping 21 stone (290lb) Robin’s making up for lost time by flying and going to amusement parks, both of which she was previously too wide to ride.
But her extreme transformation has drawn criticism with some saying she must have photoshopped her images or had weight loss surgery because she looks so good.
Robin, a trainee elementary school teacher, said: “Doctors addressed my weight many times, telling me if I didn’t change I wouldn’t have many years left and it wasn’t hard to see that at all.
“I got to the point where I was so large that I couldn’t do everyday things, I couldn’t work anymore or got to school, my health had deteriorated to such a bad way
“The biggest wake-up call came after my heart stopped, all the nurses had to work so hard to revive me, I got to a very scary point in my life.
“I had blood clots in my lung caused by pneumonia, it was terrifying, being watched for 24-hours to make sure I was still alive was a rude awakening that I needed to change my lifestyle.
“I wasn’t educated about health before, so I cut down my portion sizes immediately and adopted a new lifestyle, where I used Isagenix meal replacement shakes.
“Because I didn’t know how to cook or eat properly I would have the Isagenix shakes twice a day, so that I only had to prepare one healthy meal.
“I started activities like hiking, bike riding and swimming and took pictures to savour the moment, unlike the strict routine of the gym.
“After losing weight, the biggest thing is that now my life is back in my hands now, I’m doing great in school and am becoming a teacher, I do everything I want to now.
“People are blown away when they see how I used to look, a few people have accused me of photoshopping myself as they can’t believe it’s me.
“Other say I must have had weight loss surgery, but it’s all natural – I used Isagenix shakes, started eating healthily and exercising – so I take it as a compliment.”
Robin was overweight since she was seven-years-old when she tipped the scales at over seven stone (100lb) – nearly double the heaviest a child of that age should be.
Her excessive food intake expanded into adulthood, with her believing that she used to consume well over 6,000 calories every day.
Robin said: “I was eating a lot of greasy fried food, no vegetables and would always have a second plate of food, even as a child I’d have three hot dogs instead of one.
“In adulthood, if I ordered a large pizza I would eat the whole thing or would drive to multiple drive throughs for chicken nuggets and more.
“Even my lasagne portions would be a slab and probably the equivalent of four normal-sized servings, it was ridiculous or if I had spaghetti it would be piled up to the ceiling.”
Doctors warned her about the dangers of being so seriously overweight, which at her worst saw her in the highest level of obesity with a BMI over 64 – a healthy range is 18.5 to 25.
Robin’s size presented such a problem that she couldn’t take the classes she wanted because the seats weren’t wide enough and eventually was even signed off from work.
She said: “It had come to the point where I had outgrown seats in school, so was choosing classes based upon the classroom seat size, if I couldn’t fit I would run out of the classroom.
“I had limited movement so would go for short little walks, at the beginning I was so large that while sitting down my stomach was over my knees and would hurt my thighs
“I was out of breath very easily and couldn’t walk far around grocery stores without being winded.”
Robin started turning her life around in 2014, changing to healthier foods and nutritional shakes alongside daily exercise.
She said: “Before if I walked ten feet I would have to put my hand on the wall to rest because I was so out of breath, I’d be wheezing and my chest would hurt.
“Now I can run and hike, I tell people I don’t think I’m human any more as I don’t really even sweat, it takes a lot to get me out of breath now.”
Now at a healthy weight of 12st 2 (160lb) Robin’s started travelling, something she struggled to do before because she was too large for airplane seats.
She attributes her success to healthy Isagenix shakes and setting small goals, which helped to break down her weight loss journey into smaller, manageable chunks.
Robin said: “I kept setting short term goals, which helped to motivate me and ensure I celebrated each milestone, keeping me on track.
“I would log every achievement into the My Fitness Pal app or look back at old pictures as it helped me to realise how far I had come.
“I have a new life completely, I went from not being able to do anything to limitless options where I’m seeking out adventure.
“Now because I can I travel as much as I can, I get on rollercoasters, I seek out adventure to catch up on all the time I missed out”
Robin used Isagenix meal replacement shakes for her weight loss and is now maintaining with them, she credits them as being pivotal to her success.
Kathy Coover, Isagenix Co-Founder & Executive Vice President, said: “Robin’s transformation is a tremendous testament to her perseverance and commitment to living a healthier and more fulfilling life.
“Losing more than 200 pounds is an amazing feat and Robin is an amazing woman who made it happen, we are pleased that we could help her on her journey.
“While Robin’s results are extraordinary and should not be considered typical or average, Isagenix worked for Robin for the same reasons it has worked for so many others.
“She stayed committed to her goals and achieved her results using our weight loss system which delivers delicious nutrition that is convenient and satisfying.
“Our meal replacement shakes and bars and our other products are all designed to grab and go.
“But, perhaps the most important part of our program is that we have a global community of Isagenix customers who are there to support each other, making the journey a whole lot easier.
“Robin is a member of our 100-Pound Club where her success is celebrated and has inspired so many other people.”
ROBIN’S 6,000+ CALORIE DIET BEFORE
Breakfast – nothing
Snacks – lasagne with lots of cheese
Lunch – a whole large pizza or slab of lasagne equivalent to four portions
Snacks – nachos
Dinner – hot dogs
Dessert – popcorn or whole bag or large chips
ROBIN’S DIET NOW
Breakfast – Isagenix shake or eggs and one slice of wholegrain toast
Snacks – almonds or berries
Lunch –chicken breast with sweet potato and broccoli or asparagus
Snacks – boiled egg or Greek yoghurt
Dinner – 5oz salmon with brown rice and mixed vegetables