An alcoholic who garnered attention from men with a fat fetish is now a stunning aesthetician after she quit drinking.
Courtney Maguire, 30, of Houston, Texas, dropped 165 pounds after the binge-drinking addiction she had since college led her to overeat.
The zaftig beauty still got attention for her looks, but not the kind she was hoping for.
“The men who dated me would tell me they preferred bigger girls and would essentially enable my bad eating by not being very supportive if I tried to diet,” Maguire told Caters.
“I was also in denial about my weight, so when guys would say this to me, it would sting a little harder,”
Maguire’s first unsuccessful attempt at slimming down was in 2009, when she was fitted with a gastric lap band. It made her unable to digest food and she’d end up throwing up. It also made her want to binge on even more food.
“I would go to fast food places and order five meals and there would be some nights where I was able to eat it all, if I ate it right,” Maguire told Caters.
Maguire — who hit rock bottom at 310 pounds — stopped drinking in 2014. She also made the difficult decision to have a gastric bypass.
“I was nervous about getting gastric bypass because of how much of a failure lap band was. But I was willing to do the work this time,” Maguire told Caters.
Maguire, who became dedicated to working on her compulsion to overeat, lost 40 pounds in the first four months after her surgery.
“Waking up from the surgery, I realized how serious of a change this was. They had rerouted my organs, for crying out loud,” she told Caters.
In addition to switching from fast food to a high-protein diet, she took up fitness classes like Pilates, pole dancing and barre.
Maguire’s body was changing for the better, but she was left with excess skin and sagging breasts. That’s why she decided to treat herself to a breast augmentation and abdominoplasty in 2016.
“People compared my stomach to women who have had multiple children. Just a deflated balloon and my breasts had lost all fat,” said Maguire.
After having her makeover, Courtney says, men treat her differently.
“I don’t find myself settling for just anyone because they like me,” said Maguire.
“I used to get into bad relationships because I thought I didn’t deserve better because of the way I looked,” she added.
Maguire, who now proudly rides a motorcycle, credits her new look and fearless attitude to sobriety and her 12-step program.
“As a recovering alcoholic, I know for a fact if I wasn’t sober, none of this would be possible,” she said.