A 22-year-old woman from California named Dominique Montgomery weighed around 290 pounds. Two years ago, she had a terrifying experience when she almost drowned while swimming in the ocean. Her excess weight made it difficult for her to get out of the water during high tide. While her friends managed to make it to shore, she was unable to climb the rocks and escape due to her heavy weight. Luckily, the tide receded quickly, and she was able to make it out safely. This incident made her realize the seriousness of her weight issue, which she had never really worried about before.

She had always indulged in food without restrictions, even eating a burrito the size of her own head. She constantly felt hungry and had given up on fighting her weight problem in her youth. By the time she turned 19, she weighed around 265 pounds. However, the incident on the beach served as a wake-up call for Dominique. She questioned the direction of her life, realizing the disappointment and shame of not being able to save herself from the water. This motivated her to make drastic changes to her lifestyle.

She started walking more, then progressed to regular running, and also made efforts to eat less. Over the course of a year and a half, Dominique successfully lost 140 pounds through exercise and adopting a healthier diet. However, she now faces the challenge of dealing with excess skin on her stomach, and she is saving money for a surgery to remove it.

Despite this hurdle, Dominique feels proud of her accomplishment and has set new goals for herself. She intends to raise awareness about the importance of addressing weight issues and leading a healthy lifestyle by sharing her story on Instagram.