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    Posted October 3, 2009 by
    Ryn
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    Virginia
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    What if we reduced obesity?

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    Bought the Gym and Lost 135 Pounds

     
    I feel it is a story worth repeating.
    We thought it quite humorous the day a neighbor thought my son in-law had a new woman in his life.
    She had not seen Staci for a while, and really thought she was a new wife working out in the yard.
    My daughter had lost seventy-five pounds and indeed looked like a whole new woman.
    She had been a chunky child and a heavier teenager.
    After she married in 1992 and had children, she steadily gained weight. She experienced gestational diabetes with the second child.  By 2000 she was truly obese and scared to death. I had been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and this terrified her.
    Staci made up her mind that enough was enough. She decided to lose the weight . She started the "Weight Watcher's Point's Program" and started using "Walk Away the Pounds" exercise dvd's.
    After losing enough weight to be comfortable to work out in public, she joined a local ladies gym.
    After about a year or so, Staci learned that the gym was to be sold. She was heart broken. The staff and members became such a part of her success and her life.
    My daughter and her husband decided to buy the little gym.
    She took certification classes in circuit training, yoga, nutrition and kick boxing.
    The gym was completely overhauled and turned into a delightful work out, yoga and tanning salon.
    Needless to say she continued to loose the weight gaining good muscle tone. Her confidence and self esteem blossomed.
    Two years later, Staci decided to go back to school and finish her degree.
    With a very heavy heart ,she sold her gym.. She  had lost a tremendous amount of weight and was becoming the person she had always wanted to be. After a tummy tuck to tighten loose skin, she looks marvelous.
    Today she still counts points and exercises. After becoming vegetarian, Staci found the weight creeping back. She really has to count the carbs and work even harder to keep the weight from coming back.
    Along with working on her degree, she is a Board Certified Esthetician Instructor .
    I look at her and am so very proud.  She has gone far beyond what I ever expected.
    She is an inspiration!
    Total weight loss 135lbs
    All photos taken by Ryn
    except one and I am in it.

     

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