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    Posted July 26, 2014 by
    Kyle, Texas
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    Your 'Aha' weight-loss moments

    Kicking my own butt!


    In June of 2013. I went for my annual post-op cancer screening. I was seeing a new Dr. She took one look at me and asked me what I was doing about my weight, to which I replied, "nothing." I was 212 pounds and barely 5'3". She very harshly recommended that I begin a rigorous fitness program and change my diet. I was going to end up diabetic before I knew it.


    So I did.


    Here I am, 13 months later, 75 pounds lighter and half the BMI I used to have. I have the best support system from my husband (Steven has been my rock), family and the best of friends I could ever ask for. I workout joyfully about 8 hours a week doing Body Combat, Body Pump, CXWORKS and cross-fit. I eat the healthy way. The way we're all supposed to. I'm the happiest I've ever been and in the best shape of my life, Even compared to my 5 years of military service.


    Through my fitness adventures I've met people I never would have. They're an incredible group of women that I train with at the YMCA. They have pushed, challenged and delighted me more than they will ever know. Meeting all of them is the best thing that could've ever happened to me. Lisa, Andrea, Anna, Amber, Adriana, Ana, Tanya, Theresa, Cristina, Daisy, Melynda and Megan are priceless additions to my life.


    With them, I have even found a new calling. I want to help other people. If I can do it (I'm fundamentally lazy), then anyone can! I'm working toward my certification for group fitness instructor! There's power in numbers.


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