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Laura Losch, 29, of Gainesville sheds 39 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.com• Former weight: 169 pounds

• Current weight: 130 pounds


• Pounds lost: 39 pounds

• Height: 5 feet 3 inches

• How long she’s kept it off: 2 1/2 years. Losch started her weight-loss journey in May 2005. “I reached my goal weight of 127 [pounds] in June 2006 and promptly ran the San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon (www.rnrmarathon.com/home.html) in 5 hours, 3 minutes,” says Losch.

• Personal life: “I have the best job in the world — I am a media specialist at South Hall Middle School in Gainesville,” says Losch. She lives in Sautee with her husband, Matt, and their two dogs.

• Turning point: “In the spring of 2005, I donated my left kidney to my father-in-law,” says Losch, who adds that her father-in-law is doing great. “I was categorized as obese at the time, being 5 feet 3 inches and weighing in at 169 pounds. The thought of doctors and nurses looking at my naked body on the operating table gave me a wake-up call.” She joined Weight Watchers and after losing 20 pounds she began training for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training marathon (www.teamintraining.org).

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• Diet plan: “I always watch portions now and always eat a good, healthy breakfast,” she says. “This was the true key to my success.”

• Exercise routine: “I run at least four days a week,” she says, “either at the YMCA or with a co-worker.”

• Biggest challenge: “Ensuring that I’m eating the proper portion of food at each meal,” she says. “When I began Weight Watchers, I realized I had been eating for four people at each meal — that was the first thing I had to change.”

• How life has changed: “I definitely have more energy now that I have lost weight,” she says. “I also don’t dread or hate to work out like I used to — some days I can’t wait to go out and run. Because I lost the weight so slowly, I am able to maintain my weight loss to this day. I have also run three more marathons.”

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Source: AJC

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