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Brenda D. Smith of Lithia Springs loses 213 pounds

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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 | Brenda D. Smith of Lithia Springs loses 213 poundsFormer weight: 
373 pounds

Current weight: 
160 pounds

 

Pounds lost: 213

Height: 5 feet 6 inches

How long she’s kept it off: One year. She started in June 2005 and met her goal in April 2009.

Personal life: “I am a registered pharmacist, practicing in the metro Atlanta area,” Smith said. “I reside in Lithia Springs with my black-and-white tuxedo cat, Smokey Joe.”

Turning point: “It took me two years to lose 16 pounds,” Smith said. “In October 2007, however, I was introduced to a 12-step program for food addiction. … Within the first year, I lost 180 pounds. I did not realize this program would change my life.” Smith believes it’s important to publicly acknowledge her 12-step success. “We take the focus off of food so you can really deal with the problems of food. … I’m [now] eating to live, not living to eat.”

Diet plan: “I follow the 12-step program for food addiction. I eat three weighed and measured meals daily.” She does
not eat white flour or sugar.

Exercise routine: “I do cardio workouts four to five times a week. I supplement my cardio with two one-hour sessions with my personal trainer every week to target specific areas for toning.” At first, she was intimidated to go to a gym, with the possibility of being the biggest person there, but at Gold’s Gym she found a trainer and “a family away from home,” she said.

Biggest challenge: “Losing the weight has proven to be much less of a challenge than keeping it off for me,” she said. “Now that [the weight] is gone, I have to deal with the feelings that caused me to gain the weight in the first place. Food is not something that goes away; every day I am forced to confront the object of an addiction. … I am [now] dealing with life as it happens.”

How life has changed: “I am living a life more fulfilling than anything that I used to imagine. I am more mobile. I’m hiking, biking and running all over the place,” she said. “Before losing weight, I always woke up dreading life. My body ached. … No amount of money could give me this life, and I wouldn’t trade what I am experiencing now for anything in the world.”

Source: AJC

Originally posted 2012-10-09 07:21:47. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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