Before and almost there!
My name is Shirley and I am a 45 year old housewife, mom of four, including adopted twin 8 year olds. My highest weight was 324 lbs. but for the past 5 years has averaged around 300-310.
One day I came to the realization that because of my health I might not be around to watch my children or grandchildren grow up. I knew I needed to make changes in my life! I literally sat down with a phone book in my hands and prayed “Lord show me what to do!” The pages parted and opened up to “Martial Arts” and all I could envision myself being able to do at my size was Sumo Wrestling!! I had heard of Taekwondo, so I called Dothan Taekwondo and talked with Master Lee and he set up a customized program that worked with my special needs and limitations. We set realistic goals and have faithfully worked towards them. For me I needed someone who really cared about me and my health. In the beginning he had to literally help me with each sit-up, leg lift, push up and walked each lap with me!
The benefits that I have received so far are amazing. Since I was 10 years old I have struggled with asthma. I am off all my daily medicine now, and finally living with my asthma under control!! I have also lost almost 150 pounds and feel so much better.
I still have more weight to lose, but am very thankful for all I have accomplished so far. In March 2008 I received Black Belt in Taekwondo and am now a Blue Belt in Gumdo (Korean Sword). I work out about 5 day’s a week and I write down what I eat… not just because of calories, but to make sure I’m getting what my body needs!
As I reach my set goals, I make new ones and reach even greater heights!! Don’t be afraid of trying new things… who would have ever known I would LOVE doing Taekwondo had I not been brave enough to give it a try!!
Originally posted 2015-04-09 20:00:09. Republished by Blog Post Promoter