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Gerri Kept Her New Year’s Resolution and Lost Nearly 100 Pounds

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Name: Gerri Ann Foster,  Age: 25,  Height: 5’4′,  Before Weight: 273 pounds

How I Gained It: I’ve always had weight problems — I was a little chubby girl who turned into an overweight teen who turned into a morbidly obese woman. Although my lifelong struggle with weight was in part due to infant health issues, I ultimately gained it by living a sedentary lifestyle and slowly killing myself by overeating. I also lacked the knowledge and motivation to do anything about my health issues.

Breaking Point: In 2007, I became violently ill after coming back from a vacation and lost about 50 pounds. This was the first time I realized that it was actually possible to lose weight — just in a healthier way. Instead of condemning myself to a lifetime of pain, I decided to seek help and do some research, so I made an appointment with my doctor. But what I discovered at that appointment shocked me — I found out I weighed almost 300 pounds, was living with endometriosis and was in the prediabetic stage.

How I Lost It: Toward the end of 2009, I was dating a guy named Chris who was starting a diet and exercise routine. He persuaded me to join him, and in January 2010, I made a New Year’s resolution to lose weight and started a friendly competition with Chris. We would check in with each other’s weight, food intake and life in general as we continued to date off and on.

I’ve never been crazy about exercise, and past gym memberships were never used. But Chris kept telling me about new machines and how many calories he was burning, and eventually it motivated me to start going. I went for the first time on Monday, January 11, and vowed to become a regular, whether I liked it or not. When I set my mind to something, I do it wholeheartedly. That first day I was exhausted from work, but I used the time to do some soul searching. I knew I needed to change my life. That next day, January 12, was the first day of my life.

Around the same time, my doctor set me up with a nutritionist to talk about diabetes, calories and portion control. The weight started melting off, about 10 pounds a month. When May 2010 rolled around, I walked across the stage at my college graduation weighing 55 pounds lighter. I was so proud of myself, but I knew it was time to set a new goal. I vowed to reach 200 pounds. By that time, Chris and I had parted ways, so it was just me now — no more competition.

Life threw me a curve ball in the summer — I switched jobs and could no longer work out at my regular hours. So I signed up at 24 Hour Fitness and was offered a free session with a personal trainer. I didn’t take it at first, thinking I didn’t need help, but eventually I thought, “What have I got to lose?”

It was worth it — my trainer, TJ, changed my life. When I started with him, I couldn’t lift a five-pound dumbbell over my head. He’s taught me about perseverance, he’s helped me change my body for the better and he never ever gave up on me. He is more than just a trainer — he is a friend, motivator and someone to count on when I feel like there is no one who understands me.

I’m now down five dress sizes, and though I still have a ways to go to get to my goal weight of 140 pounds, I am confident I can achieve anything I set my mind to. I am the healthiest I have ever been. To anyone considering this journey, I have this advice: Make today the day to invest in yourself and know that anything is possible … this all lies within you!

After Weight: 188 pounds and counting.

Gerri continues to lose weight with TJ’s help — in fact, she signed up for another weight loss competition this month! She hopes to run a marathon one day.

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 | Gerri Kept Her New Years Resolution and Lost Nearly 100 Pounds

Source: Thatsfit

Originally posted 2012-08-25 06:41:54. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

18 Comments

  1. Joanne Enciso

    December 31, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    Amazing! What an accomplishment!

  2. Michelle Potter

    December 31, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    Amazing xx

  3. Della And-Tony

    December 31, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    Go girl.

  4. Patty Hillert

    March 8, 2015 at 10:04 am

    Good job!

  5. Roxy Roller

    March 8, 2015 at 8:51 am

    What an accomplishment!!

  6. Tanisha Hubbard

    March 7, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    Way to go!!! Keep up the great work.

  7. Muriel Allen

    March 7, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    This is a wonderful story!

  8. Pamela Smith

    March 7, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    Does anybody mind if I copy some if these inspiring stories to put in my fitness journal for my motivation?

  9. Leasa Terrell

    March 7, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    congrats

  10. Amy Villafuerte Golde

    March 7, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    Alicia Villafuerte Olabarrieta

  11. Yadira Ochoa

    March 7, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    Congratulations

  12. Laura Robert

    March 7, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    Your really an inspiration!

  13. Carol Cummings

    March 7, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Congratulations. Know that had to take real commitment.

  14. Mike Summers

    December 30, 2013 at 3:35 am

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  15. Jessica Jackson

    December 30, 2013 at 12:33 am

    That is awesome!

  16. Demoada Fischler

    December 30, 2013 at 12:10 am

    Great job!!!!

  17. Lydie Johnson

    December 29, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    Congratulations, you are an inspiration to me, keep the good work!

  18. Robbie Smoot

    December 29, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    WTG! I am hoping that I have a story like this next year!

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