100 Pounds Lost

Kendra Bates of Marietta loses 116 pounds

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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.comFormer weight: 268 pounds

Current weight: 152 pounds


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Pounds lost: 116 pounds

Height: 5 feet 6 inches

Age: 40 years

How long she’s kept it off: She started March 2008 and reached 160 pounds in December 2009.

Personal life: “I have been fully supported by my husband of 21 years, James Bates, and our home-schooled children: Caleb 18, Aaron and Adam 15, Kenlee 8, Kenan 6, Jaycelyn 5, and Eliana 3,” says Bates.  She’s a group fitness instructor at Anytime Fitness and lives in Marietta.

Turning point: “I hadn’t realized that I had gained so much weight. I knew it in my head, but it wasn’t until I saw [the before] picture that I realized it in my heart,” she says. She was diagnosed with MRSA of the mastoid bone, which is located directly behind the ears. “I was told that because I was allergic to all the antibiotics, if it entered my bloodstream, I would die. It was at this very moment I decided I could not die, I had a family to finish raising and my wonderful husband would go crazy trying to homeschool our children and work full-time. Thus began my journey to fight the disease and get myself back in shape.”

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Diet plan: “As a registered nurse, I thought I knew how to eat but I must have slept through personal nutrition because I could give advice but not follow it,” she says. She joined SparkPeople.com and ate what she wanted, but in moderation.

Exercise routine: She began with Zumba, exercise inspired by Latin dance. “Zumba allows me to work at my fitness level and at my pace, even if that included a wheelchair.”

Biggest challenge: “There were many times my calories would drop to 600 or so a day because I was afraid to eat for fear of gaining back or not losing,” she says. “[Eating more] was such a huge thing for me to grasp.”

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How life has changed: “I am not sure it is the weight loss itself that allowed me to make these changes or the freedom Zumba offers me, or a combination of both, but I have found a new zeal for life. I look at each day as an adventure, a journey to be explored. I have been set free from the bondage of negative stinky thinking …”

Source: AJC

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