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“I’m My Slimmest Ever at 47!”

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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.comKimberly Justus thought she was destined to be fat, but her active son taught her otherwise




Age: 47

Height: 5’5”

Weight now: 152 pounds

Weight then: 220 pounds

Pounds lost: 68

My story: I was diagnosed with dyslexia when I was in third grade, so when my schoolmates worked on reading, I had to leave for special ed. Being singled out took a toll on me emotionally. The only thing that made me feel better was eating, and by eighth grade, I was 150 pounds and a target for teasing. When all the girls were wearing cool jeans, I was taunted for my elastic-waist pants. I never tried to lose weight, though. I guess I just accepted that I was destined to be fat. And I kept gaining: Years later, after I had my son Beau, the pregnancy pounds stuck with me. When I reached my largest size, 22W, I hid my body under my then-husband’s sweats.

“Oomph syndrome”

In 2001, Beau was 10 and active in sports. It was getting hard for me to keep up with him, and one day when I bent over to pick up a ball he’d just thrown, I realized I had developed “oomph syndrome”: I couldn’t pick it up without making a big oomph sound from the exertion! It hit me right then that I needed to slim down. If not, I’d be on the sidelines the rest of my life.

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Behind the binge

After losing 10 pounds on my own, I joined Weight Watchers for extra motivation. My son kept me focused, too–he learned the Points system and what I could eat. I also started a food journal, which made me realize how much my emotions spurred my eating. Eventually, I was able to turn to nonfood activities, like playing my guitar, when I felt an emotional binge coming on.

Sink or Spin

Six months into the program, I got a job as an office manager at a gym. Each day I watched the Spinning class. It looked fun, but I didn’t think I’d be able to keep up. Then an instructor urged me to try it, so I did–and after a couple of classes I was hooked. It took me 2 years to hit my goal of 150. I still felt shapeless, so I treated myself to a personal trainer: Within a year, I went from a size 12 and 33% body fat to a size 8 and 17% body fat. I still weigh 150, but I’m toned. That’s why it’s silly to pay so much attention to the scale! Today, I’m proud to say I’m an athlete. In 2005, I ran my first half marathon, and I’ve since completed four triathlons. Exercise makes me feel alive and, best of all, happy.

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How I did it

I ate more…raw, healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

I ate less…refined and artificial sugars. I still enjoy organic honey and maple syrup, but I’ve eliminated everything else.

I exercised…with a personal trainer. Having to answer to someone made me want to show up and work hard. My mantra was…”Love yourself.” I’ll always be pear-shaped–and I accept it! I focus on the positives of my figure, like how strong my legs are and how they’ve carried me across so many finish lines.

Unexpected gain: A newfound confidence and self-esteem. I went from an insecure kid labeled as someone who couldn’t complete anything to someone who worked hard, reached her goal, and has maintained her success.

My health bonus: My chronic headaches are gone. Cutting back on sugar made a world of difference not only to my weight but to my overall health too.

Source: Prevention


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