100 Pounds Lost

“I was too fat to exercise”

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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.comWhen Diane Shaw, 54, caught wind of the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk in 2002.

 

she thought it would be a good team-building activity for her colleagues at theSan FranciscoBayarea transit company where she works. She planned to help raise money, but at 310 pounds she assumed she’d skip the three-mile walk. “I couldn’t even walk a few minutes without getting out of breath,” recalls Diane. “I was worried that I just couldn’t handle it.” But when her teammates told her they wouldn’t walk unless she joined them, she resolved to get into shape for the event.

How she did it: When Diane first started walking on a treadmill in the exercise room at work, she was only able to go for 7 minutes at a time. “I wondered how in the world I was ever going to walk three miles, but I didn’t want to let my team down,” says Diane, who was also motivated by a family history of heart disease and high blood pressure. Around the same time, she started keeping a food diary and paying close attention to nutrition labels. Two months later and 15 pounds lighter, she proudly crossed the finish line with her coworkers.

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The payoff: Diane lost a total of 110 pounds in three years. After that first charity event, she stuck with her walking routine and also signed up for circuit-training classes at her workplace. She’s now a regular at the Heart Walk, having done it nine times. She also completed a 39-mile walk for breast cancer in 2008. “I feel so much better than I did in my 20s; no one believes how old I am,” she says.

 

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