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    Posted August 15, 2014 by
    Punta Gorda, Florida
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    Your 'Aha' weight-loss moments

    252 pounds LIGHTER

    At the young age of 23, I weighed 427 pounds and wore a size 32 (3/4x). I was extremely sedentary and inactive. My doctor told me that if I continued my unhealthy lifestyle, I would not live to see my 27th birthday. I decided to have the lap band surgery to help assist with my poor eating habits and portion sizes. After having the surgery, I began working out at the gym; something very foreign to me prior to the surgery. I went from being sedentary to extremely active and an athlete in four years! In that short amount of time; I have run 38 half marathons, 6 full marathons, 1 ultra marathon (50 miles), and 1 spartan obstacle race. I am a Bokwa fitness instructor, and am in the process of becoming a personal fitness trainer as well as a Zumba instructor. Physical activity is a part of my everyday lifestyle now; I couldn't imagine my life without it! I have goals for the future; my next goal is to complete an Ironman! This is coming from the person who barely moved four years ago! I have gone from 427 pounds to 175lbs. A size 32 (3/4X) to a size 6 (Small/Medium). I have had major success with my weight loss and am eager and excited to help others who are struggling or have the desire to lose weight!

    Just because I had "surgery" does NOT mean I took the easy way out. I still work very hard every day to get the results. I would like to inspire others and show them that if I could do it, they can too!
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