How I Lost Weight: Dedra Fabre’s 58 Pound Weight Loss Transformation
Former weight: 243 pounds
Current weight: 185 pounds
Height: 5 feet 8 inches
How long she’s kept it off: Ten months. She started in September 2009 and met her goal in May 2010.
Personal life: “I live in Brookhaven and work for Manheim as a senior quality assurance analyst,” Fabre said. She “paid her weight loss experience forward” by creating a support group on Facebook.
She also has a weight loss blog: Healthy is the New Fine
Turning point: “There were two triggers. When I visited my doctor in spring 2009, I asked her what [could I do] to prevent cancer. I thought she was going to tell me to pop this pill or that pill but she said, ‘Dedra, we are the same height and you weigh in excess of 50 more pounds than me!’ It’s not what I wanted to hear, but it is what I needed to hear. Even though my doctor scared me, I wasn’t mentally prepared to take on such a huge undertaking. What took me over the top was a picture my niece took of me. Seeing that picture changed my life. I knew I had to change my lifestyle.”
Diet plan: She ate five to six meals per day. Breakfast is high-fiber cereal with almond milk, berries and flaxseed. She has a grilled chicken salad for lunch and chicken and vegetables for dinner. Snacks include Greek yogurt and protein bars.
Exercise routine: She started walking and lost five pounds. Then she met with a trainer two days a week and did cardio four days. To maintain her weight, she works out three days a week doing cardio and strength training.
Biggest challenge: “The biggest challenge was making the mental commitment to change my lifestyle. After you make up your mind, your body will follow.”
How life has changed: “Before my weight-loss journey, I tried to climb Stone Mountain and I stopped after five minutes. Recently, I went up and down the mountain twice. Most importantly, my weight-loss journey helped me walk into my purpose by supporting other people during their healthy lifestyle journey.”
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