No pity party here – After a spinal injury left her partially paralyzed below the waist, Mia Vayner ballooned to 540 pounds. She wore a size 36 dress.
No pity party here – Vayner decided she wasn't going to live a sedentary life and threw away her motorized wheelchair. She built a new sport wheelchair that was efficient for rolling long distances.
No pity party here – With the support of her wife, Evelyn, Vayner started pushing herself around the block of their neighborhood in Queens, New York. By the time she had lost 100 pounds she was doing a mile every morning.
No pity party here – Vayner also started swimming laps at the local pool. She now does 2 miles every morning and is considering doing a triathlon.
No pity party here – One of Vayner's favorite activities is rock climbing. She and Evelyn started with the NYC Adaptive Climbing group and were eventually climbing three times a week.
No pity party here – Vayner currently weighs around 265 pounds and wears a size 16 dress. Her cholesterol and blood pressure are at normal levels and she no longer has type 2 diabetes.