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    Posted August 25, 2014 by
    Prestonsburg, Kentucky
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Your 'Aha' weight-loss moments

    Dance saved my life and made me a new person


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    When you have always been the biggest person in the room all your life, even as a child, that becomes the norm for you, until something happens to change it. The change for me happened when I had tried every diet there was to lose weight. I had become so miserable I did not want to leave my house. I basically wanted to just curl up and die. Then at the end of March 2013, my best friend since high school asked me to go with her to a dance fitness class she had been wanting to try. I tried to think of an excuse not to go but I had none. I had always loved to dance but never thought I could use it to lose weight. The first class I attended I hid as far in the back of the class as I could get hoping no one would notice me even though I was huge and well over 350lbs. The music moved my soul and even though I felt sure I was going die after each song, I kept moving. For several months I attended this class a couple of nights a week and the weight started to drop off. I soon learned that the instructor had lost over 100lbs and that's when things really started to click for me. I started attending more and more classes and soon I was going 5 nights a week. I began to really pay attention to what I was eating and gradually changed my eating habits. I moved out of the back of the class and slowly made my way to the front. It wasn't long before I was no longer taking any medication to control my blood pressure or for depression/anxiety. By October 2013 I had dropped 100lbs. In the early Fall of 2013 I began participating in 5K races and successfully completed 4 races that year. I have now lost 127lbs and am still losing(at a much slower pace now). I have participated in two 5K races this year with plans to participate in at least three others before the year is over. At 43 years of age I am in better shape than I was as a teenager.
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