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My Story

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WHEN I WAS 33 YEARS OLD, I WEIGHED 240 LBS AND HAD 3 STROKES. FOLLOWING ALMOST TWO YEARS OF TRYING TO GET PREGNANT, INCLUDING FERTILITY TREATMENTS, I HAD BACK-TO-BACK PREGNANCIES. WHEN I WAS 7 1/2 MONTHS PREGNANT WITH MY YOUNGEST SON, I WAS HOSPITALIZED WITH PRE-ECLAMPSIA (ESSENTIALLY MY BODY WAS SHUTTING DOWN FROM THE PREGNANCY). I WAS FOUND UNCONSCIOUS ON THE HOSPITAL FLOOR AFTER HAVING SEIZURES, HITTING MY HEAD AND HAVING THE STROKES. ONCE I WAS STABILIZED, MY SON WAS DELIVERED VIA C-SECTION. HE WAS A 4 POUND DYNAMO AND A HEALTHY BABY. I, HOWEVER, WENT INTO A COMA.

WHEN I CAME OUT OF IT, I HAD TO RELEARN MY LIFE — HOW TO USE A FORK, DID I LIKE PIZZA, HOW DO I PUMP GAS? IT WAS SEVERAL MONTHS BEFORE I COULD BE LEFT ALONE OR DRIVE. WHEN I WAS FINALLY CLEARED TO DRIVE SHORT DISTANCES, I DID NOT KNOW WHERE TO GO.

 

AT A DOCTOR APPOINTMENT, I FOUND OUT MY WEIGHT WAS 240 POUNDS!!! YOU CAN SEE MY BEFORE PHOTOS ABOVE AND TO THE RIGHT.

THERE WAS A GYM A FEW MILES FROM MY HOME, BUT I WAS AFRAID THEY WOULD LAUGH AT ME …. I WAS THE FAT GIRL. I STARTED SLOW; I WOULD GO LATER AT NIGHT AND JUST WALK ON THE TREADMILL, SLOWLY BUILDING MY TOLERANCE. AS I GAINED MY CONFIDENCE, I DESPERATELY WANTED TO TRY A STEP CLASS. WHEN I FINALLY FOUND THE COURAGE TO WALK INTO THE GROUP EXERCISE ROOM, THE INSTRUCTOR WAS SO INCREDIBLY KIND.

THAT ROOM FULL OF MEN AND WOMEN, WHO I WAS CONVINCED WOULD LAUGH AT ME, CHEERED ME ON! WHEN I FIRST STARTED, I HAD TO TAKE A BREAK EVERY 10 MINUTES OF THE CLASS — BUT MY CHEERING SECTION KEPT ME INSPIRED.

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I LOST 100 POUNDS. AFTER MANY YEARS OF BEING A PARTICIPANT, I WANTED TO HELP OTHERS MEET THEIR GOALS. WITH THE HELP OF THREE AMAZING MENTORS, I GOT MY GROUP EXERCISE CERTIFICATION AND HAVEN’T LOOKED BACK.

I HAVE BEEN FEATURED IN SHAPE MAGAZINE FOR MY STORY. I HAVE KEPT THE WEIGHT OFF FOR 15 YEARS — IT HASN’T ALWAYS BEEN EASY, BUT IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN WORTH IT.

WE ALL HAVE A STORY. I JUST SHARED MINE WITH YOU. I HOPE YOU WILL STOP BY AND SHARE YOURS WITH ME. I WOULD LOVE TO BE A PART OF IT!

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