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    Posted January 20, 2014 by
    Gilmer, Texas
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Your 'Aha' weight-loss moments

    My Journey to Life


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Teena Henson was always trying to lose weight for other people, but never for herself. She had gone from one failed diet to the next until she realized that 'diet' was "a four letter word for failure." In the end, it wasn't a diet that helped her lose weight, but rather a series of good lifestyle choices. "I started from scratch. Trial and error. I had no prior knowledge of exercising in a gym atmosphere. I researched, I asked the trainers questions, I watched others exercising and figured it out," she said. Losing 50 percent of her body weight has completely changed Henson's life. She called this her "journey to life." "I know that the journey I was on with no exercise and unhealthy foods had me on a path to a very short life, and I just wasn't going to let that happen without a fight," she said.
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    I posted a few days ago but it did not upload the pictures so I want to try this again. In March of 2011, I walked into Anytime Fitness that had opened in my hometown of Gilmer, Texas. When I first walked in their doors I weighed 332 lbs.. Today as I write this I weigh 166. That is a 50% body weight loss. I set alot of little goals along the way to reach the ultimate goal that I have reached. I did this without surgery, fad diets, or "magic" pills. What works for one person may not work for another. You have to find what is best for yourself.

    I work out 6 to 7 days a week and eat with common sense and balance. Two major changes I made were that I gave up soft drinks "cold turkey" the day I walked into the gym and then this past year I gave up all artificial sweetners. These were two major changes that i combined with alot of smaller ones along the lines of food products. Another big change was to get the people out of my life that were downers. Surround yourself with those that will support you day by day. Lift you up when you are down and never never judge you.

    I have gone from a size 28 to a size 12. I can make a bed without having to stop and rest. i have done four 5K by walking them since this past fall. I hope to one day do an inside rockwall climb.

    Self confidence replaced self loathing. I am now focusing on toning and maintaining. I hope to help others reach their goals by my actions and story.
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