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I Lost Weight: Joan Minnery Wanted To Be There For Her Son And Lost 163 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 | I Lost Weight: Joan Minnery Wanted To Be There For Her Son And Lost 163 PoundsName: Joan Minnery

Age: 46
Height: 5’2″
Before Weight: 303 pounds

How I Gained It: I have always been heavy, but it wasn’t until the past five years that I morphed past 250 pounds. I ate non-stop, from lunch to midnight. I ate lots of carbs, stopped at many drive-thrus and totally gorged myself on pop and greasy foods.

Eventually, I was topping the scales at almost 300 pounds. I had lost my will to live and had given up on myself. I’m a performer by profession and teach musical theater, and even that had become a chore and a source of stress. I’m a single mom of a teenage son who is also a performer. He had resigned himself to the fact that he was going to live his adult life without his mom. We had been told by many health professionals that I was a walking time bomb, but nothing was hitting home, not the pleas from my family nor my acute GERD.

Breaking Point: In August 2010, after a routine medical procedure in a doctor’s office left me humiliated, I was faced with a very real choice: either continue on this path or choose to live. I pulled into the driveway to find my son on his knees begging me to stop the insanity. I had to make a choice between junk food and my son — he won! I started on a health and wellness journey, which has resulted in me turning my entire existence around.

How I Lost It: No gimmicks, no fancy pills, no shakes, no surgery, no medical clinics, just plain old-fashioned common sense. Simply: I put down the fork and got moving. I started a controlled eating plan with more protein and fewer carbs. I ate my carbs in the morning and afternoon, and ate plenty of chicken and fish. And I don’t eat anything past supper time, unless it’s my “treat” night of popcorn on Thursdays while I watch “Grey’s Anatomy.”

Now, I am back dancing, I am back performing, I am back acting, I am back teaching and I am back living. I have reinvented myself and have totally transformed my life. I am the healthiest I have been in 20 years. My proudest achievement is that in December 2011, I became a certified Zumba Fitness instructor, and I am embarking on a health and wellness career, joined by my son, who is a Certified Personal Trainer. I teach six classes per week and take another three. I walk at least six miles every day and take a boot camp once a week.

 Two years ago, I was at the end of my rope; now I’ve let the rope go and have hitched my wagon to a star. The sky is the limit.

After Weight: 140 pounds

Source: Huffington Post

Originally posted 2014-02-07 23:18:42. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

41 Comments

  1. Kelly McCumber Henning

    October 7, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    Wonder if she responds to questions? I haven’t seen any public replies

  2. Joanne Howard Ireton

    April 7, 2016 at 1:18 am

    Wow. Incredible.

  3. Debra Texeira

    April 6, 2016 at 10:47 pm

    You look great!!!

  4. Maureen Shannon

    April 6, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    Congrats you look so so great

  5. Cindy Stroud Miles

    April 6, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    You look amazing!

  6. Yvette Dubuc

    April 6, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    Wow BEAUITFUL

  7. Barbie Holowell Hutchens

    April 6, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    Fantastic

  8. Jo Jo Holbrook

    April 6, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    Can I be in message you you so we could chat I need that help

  9. Lisa Tonglet Guttuso

    April 6, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    Wow…. Awesome!!!!

  10. Rachel Marie Schreier

    April 6, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    Hot mama!!!! You go girl!!!

  11. Adrienne Baron

    April 6, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    Wonderful

  12. Cee Zendejas

    April 6, 2016 at 11:35 am

    Wow!!! What a transformation. You look awesome. Keep going strong.

  13. Cee Zendejas

    April 6, 2016 at 3:35 pm

  14. Nerys Mancebo

    April 6, 2016 at 10:58 am

    Congratulations…… Amazing!

  15. Nerys Mancebo

    April 6, 2016 at 10:56 am

    Wow…… Congrats girl.

    Iam struggling to get the consistency, the determinacion, and the commitment to help me lose 120 pounds and get my life back.

    I applaud you……
    I too would love to do Zumba ….

    🙁

    • Betty

      April 7, 2016 at 2:56 am

      I’m right there with you, I have about the same amount to lose but can’t get motivated

  16. Jennifer Moore

    April 6, 2016 at 10:35 am

    Awesome! Love these stories..showing it can and is done!! Thank you for elaborating on how u lost it & kept it off!

  17. Erika N Berry

    April 6, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    Hmm what is the difference Btwn the two? I’m basically trying to lose weight. I have 80-100 lbs to lose. My sister in law suggested a low carb, high protein diet. She is very health conscious and in shape, also a vegetarian and in her 40s like me. It helped her lose weight. I do have IBS-D so I can not drink or eat certain things bc it triggers attacks.

  18. Cassandra Day

    April 6, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    low carb or keto? I’m on a keto diet and I love it! my carbs come mostly from non starchy veggies, but sometimes specialty baking products like coconut or almond flour as well. today I’m eating sweet egg muffins with berries and cream cheese for breakfast.. berries and cream cheese are some of my carbs for the day

  19. Kathy Boone Wallace

    April 6, 2016 at 10:15 am

    Great job! Congratulations.

  20. Kimberley Duncan-Pride

    April 6, 2016 at 10:07 am

    Wow hot momma

  21. Judy Hardy

    April 6, 2016 at 10:00 am

    You look beautiful.

  22. Janet Campbell O'Neal

    April 6, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    How did you find the daily encouragment? And congrats!!

  23. Erika N Berry

    April 6, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    Chloe N Silver thank you

  24. Lynn Marion

    April 6, 2016 at 9:45 am

    Congratulations!!

  25. Kelly Krocker

    April 6, 2016 at 9:33 am

    You look AMAZING!!!!

  26. Andrea Rio

    April 6, 2016 at 9:30 am

    Thank you

  27. Mary Capasso-Newman

    April 6, 2016 at 9:28 am

    Wow wow wow! You look amazing! What a beautiful story

  28. Chloe N Silver

    April 6, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    http://www.dietdoctor.com
    This site is easy to read and understand, and has been very helpful.

  29. Erika B Dingeldein

    April 6, 2016 at 9:24 am

    Does anyone know a good resource on good carbs vs bad carbs? I’m wanting to go on a low carb high protein eating plan but I need resources to know what I’m doing. Thanks

  30. Kathy Rowan Caldwell

    April 6, 2016 at 9:21 am

    Wow, you look entirely different.

  31. Dianne Suzuki

    April 6, 2016 at 9:20 am

    Whoohoooooo…..you look fabulous!!!

  32. Amy Villafuerte Golde

    April 6, 2016 at 9:16 am

    Fantastic and very inspirational!

  33. Toni Stevens

    April 6, 2016 at 9:11 am

    you look amazing!! Congratulations 🙂

  34. Rika Van Hardeveld

    April 6, 2016 at 9:01 am

    Congratulations on a great job done, looking great.

  35. Joanne Miller

    April 6, 2016 at 8:58 am

    You look awesome good job be proud of yourself

  36. Elizabeth Flora

    April 6, 2016 at 8:56 am

    Phenomenal!

  37. Jeanne Landolfi DeMonte

    April 6, 2016 at 8:53 am

    Sensational!! Great job

  38. Julie

    March 24, 2014 at 9:43 am

    What a complete inspiration you are!! I thank you so much for sharing your story and giving me hope today. I lost weight a few years ago – 75 lbs to be exact – and gained it all back. I have printed your story out as a source of inspiration. I CAN and WILL do this. Thanks so much.

  39. Angie

    March 23, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    Man, life IS just a serious of choices- isn’t it? I applaud your decision to LIVE. I am struggling and it is so inspiring to see women like yourself who, plain and simple, made up their mind and achieved a life that they want to live. Congratulations to you! Great job!

  40. Kristi Eaves

    March 23, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    Wow! You are a true inspiration to all of us struggling with weight issues!

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