Twice as Healthy, Half Her Size
Christina Ann Hernandez lost 148 pounds in less than 2 years, and won her life back
Before: 298 pounds
After: 150 pounds
As a teenager, Christina Ann Hernandez was active in sports and a member of the drill team. She was always a thin girl until she reached the 10th grade and traumatic life events led to her gaining more than 100 pounds.
Eat, drink, and still shrink
The Turning Point
Christina, a teacher inHouston, could barely walk 30 steps to the mailbox. She was short of breath and her heart was racing. “I truly felt as if I were having a heart attack,” she says.
After realizing that she had more than doubled her weight since high school, she feared for her health. The first thing she did was give up soda (she was consuming at least 1 liter a day) and drank exclusively water. She lost 30 pounds that first month. Then she started walking 15 minutes each evening. Once she dropped to 225 pounds, she joined Weight Watchers and extended her walks to 45 minutes to an hour. In fall 2009, she made it to 200 pounds and joined Fitness Connection, a local gym, which helped boost her energy. She now exercises 2 hours a day, 6 days a week, combining cardio, light weights and aerobics such as kickboxing and Zumba. Twice a week, she works out with a personal trainer.
Sometimes people mistake Christina and her 28-year-old daughter for sisters, instead of mother and child. And when others ask if she’s had gastric bypass surgery, she just smiles.
Don’t expect perfection. “Recognize that you will go up and down in weight, but do not allow that scale to keep you from striving forth.”
Don’t wait. “If you fall off, do not wait weeks or days to start once again. Begin the next day!”
Eat in moderation. “Food is meant to be enjoyed but not over-indulged.”
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