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Retrina C. Lee, 38, of Rex, Ga., loses 254 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 | Retrina C. Lee, 38, of Rex, Ga., loses 254 poundsFormer weight: 429 pounds

Current weight: 175 pounds

 

Pounds lost: 254

Height: 5 feet 3 inches

Age: 38

How long she’s kept it off: She started October 2009 and reached her current weight in January.

Personal life: “I am an EDI [electronic data interchange] analyst for GXS. I’ve been with my company for five years. I really love what I do and the people I work with it,” says Lee. She lives in Rex, Ga., and is single.

Turning point: “I injured my knee before going to Spain in 2009. It was a simple meniscus tear, but because of the weight, it exacerbated the severity of the injury to the point I had to walk with a cane,” says Lee. “I went to Paris and Spain, which made it more evident because they walk everywhere. Europeans automatically assumed I was walking with the cane because I was so heavy … I began to realize the trauma I had put my body through; at that point, I looked at myself and decided I was tired of not loving myself the way I deserved to.”

Diet plan: “I tried everything before. I yo-yo dieted for 25 years. Therefore, this time I did it strictly on my own by feeding my body foods that nourish it,” she says. She starts the day with juice. For lunch and dinner, she has a salad and fish.

Exercise routine: “I exercise every day — I walk one mile and do the elliptical for up to 45 minutes,” she says. “I started exercising in the chair with chair aerobics at first because my knees were almost toast because of the weight.”

Biggest challenge: “For me, the biggest challenge [is when] those that you love succumb to the green-eyed monster — [it’s] most devastating,” she says. “I’ve learned you must give others time to adjust to your success and newfound confidence. After a while, they’ll realize that your success doesn’t mean failure for them.”

How life has changed: “I’m not in fear of going to the airport and thinking I could possibly be asked to buy an additional seat at the counter. I don’t have nightmares anymore of having a heart attack … the fear has subsided.”

Source: AJC

Originally posted 2012-09-29 09:45:06. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

18 Comments

  1. Karen Secrest

    February 22, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    Great job!

  2. LaDena Anderson

    February 21, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    Congratulations

  3. Penny Clayton

    February 21, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    WOW!!! GREAT JOB!! You lost a Whole Me! What a FABULOUS story!! <3

  4. Cathy Waters

    February 21, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    WOW!! That’s awesome

  5. Rachel's Delights

    February 21, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Congrats, Retrina!

  6. Angelica McCormick

    February 21, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Brittney Carroll yes mam

  7. Deanne Jackson Cejka

    February 21, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Amazing- it’s clear that Retrina worked hard for this! Best wishes on her continuing journey towards health.

  8. Carrie Oes

    February 21, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    thanks for liking this Kym–am going to read over and over–if she can do it so can I–I was on my way and then meds for an infection got in the way and gained back a lot–now have to get back on the band wagon

  9. Claire Roberts Bostick

    February 21, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    @Michelle Herrera all things are possible. Just start.

  10. Trish Brown Martinez

    February 21, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    she looks awesome!!

  11. Claire Roberts Bostick

    February 21, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    Thank you for your story, I am dealing with a meniscus tear in my left knee and is trying to exercise. Great suggestion.

  12. Charlene Clark

    February 21, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Amazing!! Such an inspiration!!

  13. Jennifer Williams

    February 21, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Excellent!!

  14. Nora Maribel Lara

    February 21, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Michelle Herrera you do it !!!! Blessings

  15. Cindy Guarraci Seabert

    February 21, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Congrats!! That’s amazing!

  16. Amy Brown Clark

    February 21, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    Wow that’s amazing!! She is beautiful inside and out!!

  17. Casey Frawley

    February 21, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    Way to go Retrina! That is AWESOME!!!

  18. Michelle Herrera

    February 21, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    WoW! God bless her, way to go! Wish I could do that, I’m 325 lbs.

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