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Paula Hickman, 52: Weight lost: 150 pounds

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Former weight: 300 pounds

Current weight: 150 pounds

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 | Paula Hickman, 52: Weight lost: 150 pounds

Pounds lost: 150 pounds

Height: 5 feet, 6 inches

How long she’s kept it off: She started in January 2009 and has maintained her current weight for six months.

Personal life: “My husband, Charles, and I live in Dallas,” Hickman said. “We have three children, Nicole, Memory and Chris, and three wonderful grandchildren, Joseph, Nia and Madison. I love working for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in my position as manager of physician data systems in the medical staff office.”

Turning point: “I attended the [2009] presidential inauguration with my daughter, Nicole,” she said. “On a day of freezing temperatures and miles of walking, I found myself gasping for air as I was not physically up for the challenge.  At one point, I looked over at Nicole and saw tears and fear in her eyes as if I was dying in front of her.  I knew that day my life had to change.  I returned to Atlanta and began my weight loss journey.  One of the tools I use in my journey is a program called Strong4Life, provided by my employer, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.  The program is an employee wellness initiative designed to help employees interested in improving their health.”

Diet plan: Breakfast is a whey protein drink followed by a boiled egg or protein bar. Lunch is lean meat with cottage cheese and an afternoon snack of nuts or a protein bar. Dinner is lean meat with a vegetable and a baked potato.

Exercise routine: She walks, aiming for 10,000 steps per day. She does strength training two times per week in the evening. On Sundays, she hikes.

Biggest challenge: “My biggest challenge was learning how to make time for exercise,” she said. “I had to learn that it was OK to say no to others and to put myself first.  I learned to care enough about myself to stop putting everyone and everything else before me.”

How life has changed: “I have found myself again and I like me,” she said. “Exercise is the norm instead of the abnormal.  I enjoy the outdoors and love hiking.  My husband, Charles, has started hiking with me on Sundays and it’s a great time to connect and talk.”

Source: AJC

Originally posted 2012-10-15 08:28:09. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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