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We lost 330 pounds together to save our love – and lives


This couple is truly living up to that vow “in sickness and in health” – even before they have tied the knot.

Engaged Long Island native Kenny Turner and Lauren Harvey lost a combined 330 pounds after falling in love in 2018 – and together faced life-threatening concerns about their mental and physical health.

“I avoided almost every social setting and event where I should be in public,” Turner, 37, said of his self-hate-fueled social isolation. “Everywhere I went I felt like the biggest person in the room and everyone was looking at me and judging me.”

Turner had hit a massive bodyweight of 410 pounds, while 35-year-old Harvey tipped the scales at 296 pounds.

“I know the weight strained the relationship just because of my general discomfort — but I didn’t really realize the extent of it until later,” said Turner, a New York state official, at Media Drum. “I knew she was my soul mate. Lauren found a way to love me at my worst and bring what little joy I had.

“When I realized it was him, I saw this whole life ahead of me with endless possibilities and opportunities that I never thought I had before,” Harvey said of her fiancé.
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Turner knew he needed to get healthy for his own good and for 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.

The dedicated duo of “reverse enablers” decided to undergo vertical gastrectomy (VSG) surgery in the fall of 2019.

Turner has now streamlined to 211 pounds, while Harvey has slipped to 163.

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Turner weighed 410 pounds. before finally dropping to around 211 pounds.
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Harvey tipped the scales at 296 pounds. before his VSG and has now reached 163 pounds.
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“The thought of being able to have someone go through this process eased a lot of my anxiety, so I finally decided to go ahead with the operation,” he added.

For Harvey, she also felt motivated by Turner to endure the stomach stapling procedure. The surgery drastically reduces the size of the stomach by removing 85% of the organ. As a result, patients are able to eat dramatically less – especially in the first year after surgery – and lose weight.

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The couple met in 2018 and are set to wed later this year.
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“Before I met Kenny, losing weight was always about being pretty and skinny, and I hope I’ll get pretty and skinny enough to find someone who loves me,” she said.

“I’m incredibly lucky things didn’t work out that way. When I met my fiancé, I was near or near my peak weight,” Harvey said. importance. He loved me anyway. He loved me for me and not because of or despite my weight. It was a game-changer for me,” she continued.

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Harvey initially wanted to begin the bariatric surgery process and encouraged Turner to look into the operation as well.
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His diet is now high in protein because VSG patients need to make this their number one food group. She mainly eats egg whites and low-fat cheese for breakfast, grilled chicken and salad or vegetables for lunch, and a Skinnytaste recipe for dinner.

Turner takes 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 complex carbohydrates.

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The lovebirds love to hike and take daily walks together.
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He also exercises at least four times a week, doing strength training, cardio, and muscle exercises.

Harvey’s workouts consist of cardio and strength training, daily walks and weekend hikes.

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Turner explained how VSG limits your portion sizes and decreases your food intake due to reduced stomach size.
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The official now enjoys working out and loves seeing his body changed.
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“When I was older, I really didn’t know how much in life I was missing,” Turner said. “Now I feel very present in the moment and more active in daily tasks.”

Harvey chimed in, “Weight loss doesn’t make all your problems go away, but it does allow you to face them head-on without using your weight as an obstacle or an excuse to work on those problems.

New York Post

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