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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 | ....My turn to motivateHello Fit Nation,      My name is Sheri Harkness.    I am a 44-year-old full time working, single mother of two fantastic sons ages 12 and 17.    In March of 2008 I went in for a routine physical.    When the nurse told me I weighed 282 lbs. my first thought was, “Wow, thank God I don’t weigh 300 lbs.!”    I knew then and there that there was something wrong with my thinking.         In 1994 I moved to New Jersey from California and married my boy’s father.    It was a troubled marriage.    I lost my beautiful mother at the young age of 54 to pancreatic cancer.    Through it all I found comfort in food.    I ate like a high school kid whose parents were out of town for the weekend!    I had absolutely no regard for my health.    I ate whatever I wanted and however much I wanted.    I ate anything from triple cheeseburgers to loaded sub sandwiches to donuts and cheesecakes.    But I made sure every day I drank two 2 liters of soda a day!      I was addicted to soda and as a result had a tremendous amount of inflammation and my blood pressure was high.         I decided that while it seemed as though I could not control the bad things that were happening in my life, I could control my health.    So I decided that I would quietly go on a personal journey….to feel better.    I told no one of my intentions.    I did not want to meet anyone else’s expectations but my own.    I joined my local YMCA and with the help of my sister (a personal trainer in CA) I began working out three days a week.    Against my sister’s advice I followed a diet that made sense to me in the beginning.    I knew I had a lot of weight to lose and did not want to create an early plateau by eating healthy right from the get go.    So, I still ate all of the high calorie, full fat foods I loved; only I cut my portions in half.    The only complete omissions I made in the beginning were that I cut the added table salt and stopped drinking soda all together.    I began losing weight on a constant basis.    When I even sensed a possibility of a plateau I made small changes.    I incorporated lean chicken and salads and increased my workouts by five minutes.         I have participated in 5K’s, mountain hikes and was selected to participate in the Empire State Run Up Race in New York!    That race totaled 1,572 stairs that covered 86 floors.    I finished in 22 minutes!    When I got to the top I could feel the tears run down my fa

 

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