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How Newly Single Shelley Slimmed Down

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Read her success story! Before and after fitness success motivation from women who hit their weight loss goals and got THAT BODY with training and meal prep. Learn their workout tips get inspiration! | TheWeighWeWere.comName: Shelley Carroll Summer

Age: 37


Height: 5 feet, 4 inches

Before Weight: 268 pounds

How I Gained It: When I went to college, I did not censor what I ate at all — pizza was a staple in my diet. The result? Not only did I gain the “freshman 15,” it was probably more like the “freshman 40.”

Not too long after college, I met my soon-to-be husband and embarked on a whirlwind wining and dining romance. We got married in 1997 and had our first child in 2000. I gained about 60 pounds with my first baby — plus, he was a C-section baby and I used that as an excuse not to exercise.

In 2004, as my marriage was completely falling apart, I had my second son, also by C-section. Once I moved out of my marital home, my focus was entirely on my sons. The divorce was hard and it took me about three years to finally get back to who I was before I got married.

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Breaking Point: In September of 2009, I realized that I was ready to get out and date again, but I knew I had to make some big changes before I could re-enter the dating pool. My son also made the comment to me that struck a chord: He told me that he never wanted me to die. That was it — I knew I had to do something.

How I Lost It: In September, I started kickboxing. I was completely addicted and after about a month, I went from doing the sport two days a week to all five! It is the best workout I could have imagined.

In addition to kickboxing, I also started counting calories and journaling them on Livestrong.com — I kept track of every bite of food that I put into my mouth. I also started setting small goals for myself. My first goal was to lose 30 pounds by December 19 and I hit that goal with a week to go.

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My second goal was to lose another 30 pounds by April 20 — the day I was leaving for a work and vacation trip toChicago. I wanted to do some serious shopping inChicagoand that was a big motivator. On April 20, I got on the scale and had not only hit my goal but also had lost an additional three pounds!

While I was inChicagoI ate pretty much whatever I wanted and enjoyed every minute of it. I arrived back inGreenvillerecently and have managed to maintain my 60 pounds weight loss since — I am thrilled. My next goal is to lose another 30 pounds by the end of the summer. I can’t wait. The best part? I realize now that nothing is impossible.

Current Weight: 208 pounds and counting.

Shelley continues to lose weight. Her next big motivator? A shopping trip toNew Yorkin July.


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