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

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Great success story! Read before and after fitness transformation stories from women and men who hit weight loss goals and got THAT BODY with training and meal prep. Find inspiration, motivation, and workout tips | 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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Source: iReports

Originally posted 2014-11-24 20:00:04. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

55 Comments

  1. Pamela Burden

    March 15, 2015 at 4:27 am

    This is a very encouraging story. She looks good!

  2. Su'Rita Lanae Coleman

    March 15, 2015 at 2:32 am

    Great job!!!

  3. Renee Gabriel

    March 14, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    Love Zumba !

  4. Alyssa Arlock

    March 14, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    Oh you go girl

  5. Stacy Rogers

    March 14, 2015 at 11:11 am

    Well done.

  6. Laura Miller

    March 14, 2015 at 9:58 am

    Way to kick butt girl!

  7. Gail Holland

    March 14, 2015 at 9:45 am

    love this story 🙂

  8. Elizabeth Flowers

    March 14, 2015 at 5:17 am

    Great Job!!!!

  9. Rachel Kennedy

    March 14, 2015 at 3:45 am

    Well done Gabrielle on your weight loss and for inspiring others to feel good and get healthy through your Zumba classes. I loved reading the local news story that you attached. Your classes sound fun.

  10. Nathan Etheridge

    March 14, 2015 at 3:08 am

    😮

  11. Jacqueline Prude

    March 14, 2015 at 12:47 am

    Congratulations!

  12. Elizabeth Hamada

    March 14, 2015 at 12:39 am

    Congrats!!! You look awesome!!!

  13. Barbie Wilson

    March 13, 2015 at 11:45 pm

    Great job you look beautiful

  14. Destiny Harden-manns

    March 13, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    u go girl!women we r all beautiful at any size congrats an enjoy your body

  15. Jackie-Levi Davis

    March 13, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    love

  16. Kristen Gibby Walton

    March 13, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    So inspiring!

  17. Patty Soileau

    March 13, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    Wow amazing

  18. Sandra Procario

    March 13, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    Awesome.. You look amazing. Good for you!!

  19. Angela Warrington

    March 13, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    You’re amazing!!!! Congrats on your success! Where do you teach Zumba? I’d love to apart of your class!

  20. Beth Sheldon-Badore

    March 13, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    🙂

  21. Beth Manwaring

    March 13, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    I wish I could afford bypass surgery but this is a wonderful story

  22. Gabrielle Williams

    March 13, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    Thank you! I actually have lost 220lbs and now own a fitness studio!
    http://www.facebook.com/cosmiccrazy

  23. Ashlee Davidson

    March 13, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    Yea Gabrielle!!!!

  24. Amy Jordan

    March 13, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    Wow! How fantastic and how proud you must feel !

  25. Melissa Brown

    March 13, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    Wow you are an amazing woman! Congratulations!

  26. Glennda Northcutt

    March 13, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    WONDERFUL!!! REAL BIG SMILE HERE FOR YOU!! 😀

  27. Melinda Brown

    March 13, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    That’s such a fantastic story. I love it. I really need an ex cerise class. Congratulations you are a super woman 🙂

  28. Linda Sacristan

    March 13, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    Wow! Great work!

  29. Jerrica Williams

    March 13, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    looking good

  30. Pam Casey

    March 13, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    Awesome!!!

  31. Susan Nevius-Cleveland

    March 13, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    ROCKSTAR!!!! Keep up the great work! Be the best you you can be!!!

  32. Nancy McGowan

    March 13, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    Wow. Good for her.

  33. Sharon Gommesen Wyman

    March 13, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    Such a beautiful soul you have, thank you for the inspiration as I too am at that point of needing to do something.

  34. Carla Rocker-McGowan

    March 13, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    Nancy

  35. Jill Lawrence Pribble

    March 13, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    WOW, thats awesome.

  36. Jennifer Ravary

    March 13, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    Queena LaShawn Thomas

  37. Michele Chandler

    March 13, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    Awesome!

  38. Cindy Kirn-Palmer

    March 13, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    Fantastic!!!

  39. Melissa N Curtis

    March 13, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    Check out her story Michele Chandler thought you might enjoy it !

  40. Tracy Garland Mckivitz

    March 13, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    Beautiful

  41. Rose Anne Lamb

    March 13, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    U are beautiful!!! Congratulations!

  42. Nicki Laskowski

    March 13, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    Awesome! You go!!

  43. Miki Clark

    March 13, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    I wonder how far she’s come since this was written.

    • Angela T

      March 13, 2015 at 11:42 pm

      Check out Cosmic studios in Florence,to see her updates! Find your place at Cosmic❤

  44. Priscilla Erias

    March 13, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    I was going on 300lbs about 2 months ago I scared myself I am also doing Zumba, I am now 270 and still counting

  45. Roberta Germain

    March 13, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    Great job you look fantastic

  46. Tamika Porter

    March 13, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    You go girl!!!

  47. Claudia Alexandria Cirinna

    March 13, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    Go girl !!!!

  48. Nina Caligirl Hamilton

    March 13, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    You go girl!!! I’m so proud of you

  49. Sheila Tashiro

    March 13, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    Keep up the great work you are awesome 🙂 woot woot

  50. Emmi Jones

    March 13, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    AWESOME!!!

  51. Charity Wells

    March 13, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    Very inspiring! 🙂

  52. Stacey Barbeau

    March 13, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    Love these!!

  53. Lauren Medlin

    March 13, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    She looks amazing

  54. Tom Hilgers

    March 13, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    Absolutely fantastic. What an incredible accomplishment.

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