Jefferson City couple shares weight loss story

Jefferson City couple says weight loss came from commitment to making better choices

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The transformation took 19 months. The transformation took 19 months.
"No matter how many times you've tried and failed, maybe this time will be the time everything clicks for you, and you get to where you want to be," Justin said. "No matter how many times you've tried and failed, maybe this time will be the time everything clicks for you, and you get to where you want to be," Justin said.
"A lot of hardships that people wouldn't think about, like buckling your seat belt, or, Justin and I have both been kicked off amusement park rides," Lauren said. "A lot of hardships that people wouldn't think about, like buckling your seat belt, or, Justin and I have both been kicked off amusement park rides," Lauren said.

By MONA NAIR
6 News Reporter

JEFFERSON CITY (WATE) – A Jefferson City couple hopes their dramatic weight loss story is an inspiration to others who face a similar challenge. 

Justin and Lauren Shelton lost a combined 538 pounds. It took them 19 months to do it.

When 6 News posted a story about them Tuesday on Facebook, nearly five million people saw the story.

The couple, in their late 20s, says the transformation came from a commitment to making better meal choices and being more active.

"These are a pair of work pants. I used to wear a size 58," Justin said showing us the pants he wore when he was 592 pounds.

"This is my shirt from before. I think it's a '5X' in women's. Now I wear a medium," said Lauren Shelton, who used to weigh 341 pounds.

The couple met online seven years ago. They were overweight and say their romance involved making a lot of unhealthy decisions together. There were consequences.

"A lot of hardships that people wouldn't think about, like buckling your seat belt, or, Justin and I have both been kicked off amusement park rides," Lauren said.

The turning point came when Justin had to go to the hospital one day and the doctor requested a test.

"The machine was unable to support my weight at the time, and that hit me hard," Justin explained.

The transformation took 19 months.

"It feels amazing," Justin said.

"Now people want to be around us more. They don't judge as much," Lauren said.

The couple wants their story to be an inspiration for anyone battling a large waistline to not give up.

"No matter how many times you've tried and failed, maybe this time will be the time everything clicks for you, and you get to where you want to be," Justin said.

The couple tells us that doing this together has made their marriage stronger. Healthier now, they hope to start a family.

The Shelton's are open to being contacted by people who want to do what they did. They can be reached via TwitterFacebook, their blog, or e-mailing Lauren at lauren@overcomingo.com and Justin at justin@overcomingo.com.

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