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    Posted December 28, 2012 by
    Florence, Kentucky
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    Your 'Aha' weight-loss moments

    After Losing 170lbs, I Became a Zumba Fitness Instructor!


    I'll never forget the day that I stared down at the scale "447." 447lbs was the number staring back at me. I was 22 years old, I had so much life to live, how did it get THIS out of control? I knew then that I had to do something drastic to save my life. I knew before long I would be 500lbs, 600lbs then what?


    I have always been obese for as long as I remember. I was 180lbs by 8 years old! Over the years, it progressively got worse. It felt like nothing I did had a dramatic or lasting effect. I would have some weight loss success, but it never would last and it was never enough.


    When I was 19, my sister passed away from a massive heart attack caused by a lifetime of obesity. My family was concerned that I would be next. I tried to get the weight off then, but ultimately gained more. Then there was the day that the scale read "447" and I knew that enough was enough.


    On March 15th, 2010, I started my journey with gastric bypass surgery. I knew that it would be a tool, and the beginning of my story, but surgery alone would not take me across the finish line.


    As soon as I could properly exercise, I did. The weight poured off. Within the first 4 months I lost 75lbs. After 6 months, my weight loss slowed down dramatically.


    Searching for something that would push me further, I started going to Zumba Fitness classes. I was hooked. I went to every class available and would feel guilty if I missed. The weight continued to drop.


    Today I have lost around 170lbs. I am constantly pushing to lose more. In October, 2012 I became licensed to teach Zumba Fitness. I will start teaching classes in January, 2013 so this is a big step in my journey! I never in my life dreamed that I would be a fitness instuctor. Never. It is my goal to help other people that are in the position I was.
    My life has dramatically changed, and I am so thankful for my wake up call.



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