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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 | Investing in Fitness40 pounds lighter, Rebecca Yount is thrilled with her new figure

 

VITAL STATISTICS

Name: Rebecca Yount

Current Age: 47

Weight Lost: 40 lb

Accomplishments: Dropped 4 dress sizes, increased energy, became a certified aerobics instructor

Successful Strategies: Strength training, aerobic activity, portion control, family support, a personal trainer

I always found excuses for my poor diet and nonexistent exercise habits. With two children and a busy life, I was tired. Money was tight. I liked to cook and entertain–and I had an old neck injury from a car accident. By my mid-40s, a decade of sloth and second helpings had piled on an extra 40 pounds.

My weight problem made me increasingly unhappy: I avoided mirrors, I felt listless, and every night, as I pulled up the sheets, I felt sad and disgusted and resolved to do better the next morning. But I didn’t do better. After several unsuccessful diets, I gave up and blamed my ballooning shape and waning energy on age. Instead of changing myself, I bought clothes that hid my flaws.

When my 19-year-old daughter, Laura, came home from college in 1999 and said, “Mom, let’s join a gym,” I knew my disguises weren’t working. She has my body type, and I realized that my bad example might be setting her up to have weight problems in the future. I didn’t want Laura to see me as lazy and unable to achieve my goals. Instead, I wanted to be a positive role model for how to be fit and healthy.

Eye on the Prize Laura and I joined our local gym that summer. I started with the low-impact aerobics class, which was harder than I’d expected. I struggled to keep up and would start crying when I saw myself in the gym mirrors. But I needed to keep going for Laura. So I went 2 or 3 days a week and fixed my eyes on the instructor as a way to focus on my goal.

Within a few weeks, I felt healthier and began to have more energy. My neck pain even stopped flaring up. After 9 months, however, I had lost only 3 pounds. It was very discouraging. But my husband pointed out that if I was typically gaining almost 5 pounds annually and now had dropped 3, I had really lost 8 pounds. His sunny outlook kept me motivated.

With renewed determination, I searched for other changes I could make. I’d heard about the benefits of strength training, so once or twice a week I’d leave the safe confines of the aerobics area and use the resistance machines. I also realized I couldn’t ignore my poor eating habits any longer. But instead of dieting, I stopped eating second helpings and was careful not to eat too much fat or sugar. I switched from baking every week to making cakes or cookies only when we entertained–and the leftovers went home with the guests.

During the next several weeks, I lost 2 more pounds and began to think weight loss might not be impossible. Then I plateaued again. Laura was getting married in 2 months, and I really wanted to lose more weight before the wedding.

The Final Push

Desperate for results, I spoke with the gym manager. He suggested I work out with a personal trainer. I thought, How frivolous! We had one child in college and another one almost there, and we had to pay for a wedding. My husband is a minister; we’re supposed to be frugal. What would the church community think? But the suggestion stuck with me, and since the first two sessions were free, I decided to try it. It was one of the best choices I ever made.

I worked with Eddie, my trainer, twice a week (my family bought me more sessions as birthday and Christmas gifts). He wasn’t at all judgmental or intimidating, as I’d feared. He just helped me find a program that worked. We focused on upper body, abs, and cardio one day and lower body, abs, and cardio the next, doing four sets of 16 reps of each strength-training exercise. Being accountable to Eddie made me more dedicated to getting to the gym regularly, and he pushed me harder–though not too hard–than I ever would have pushed myself. By the time the wedding rolled around, I had lost another 10 pounds. It felt great to hear people tell me how beautiful I looked and that they couldn’t believe I was the mother of the bride.

I kept working out 4 or 5 days a week and losing weight. At the 2-year mark from when I’d started, I had lost 40 pounds, gone from 38 to 25% body fat, and dropped from a size 16 to an 8. I’m proof that perseverance pays off.

Student Becomes Teacher During the next year and a half, I decided to help other women who were struggling like I had been. A few of the instructors at the gym suggested I get certified to teach aerobics. I sent away for the textbook, studied for several months, practiced with supervision, and finally took the test to be a certified instructor. Today I teach at my gym, and I’m the one bugging my daughter to work out.

My husband calls me his bionic babe. Eddie calls me “Turbo.” Friends call me Wonder Woman. I call myself content. Making exercise a daily discipline has brought balance to my life and given my daughter a healthy example to follow. And that’s the greatest reward of all.

Source: Prevention

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