From chaos to weight loss: Hurricane Harvey helps Texas couple drop 70 pounds

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SAN MARCOS, Texas — Losing weight is hard enough, but imagine having to lose weight during a hurricane because your life and health depended on it.

For Shelby and Ana Oostwouder, a lot has changed since 2017.

“That was one of the most chaotic periods of our life,” said Ana.

At that time, the San Marcos couple lived in Houston and Hurricane Harvey brought the perfect storm.


“Soon there was gurgling under the front door and the water just came and came and came and came,” said Ana.

Ana said she was home alone because, right before Harvey hit, doctors discovered her husband, Shelby, had inflammation in his pancreas and he was hospitalized. At 270 pounds, he was also diagnosed as prediabetic.

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