When Wendy McConkey decided it was time to lose weight the idea of appearing on national TV and in magazines and newspapers didn’t cross her mind.
The Fircrest resident was just upset about the bruise on her side. It was 2006 and McConkey weighed 449.6 pounds. She wedged herself into an airplane seat for a 4.5-hour flight and spent the entire trip in agony as she pressed against the armrests. The bruises lasted for a week, but the memory still hasn’t faded.
Today, McConkey is 302 pounds lighter and is enjoying her 15 minutes of fame.
McConkey will be featured in next week’s edition of “People” magazine. She will also appear on the Jan. 6 episode of NBC’s “Today” show.
In May, she was one of 100 people invited to appear on “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”
Read more about Wendy McConkey in tomrrow’s News Tribune and The Olympian.