Weight Loss Success Story: Regina Lost 67 Pounds And Avoided Knee Surgery

BEFORE THE TRANSFORMATION: I’d drink a lot of sweet, sugary drinks throughout the day.

I never ate breakfast, so by the time I ate lunch I was starving.

And so, if you don’t go to a fast food restaurant, you’re at the full service restaurants that serve these crazy large meals and you eat everything on your plate because you feel like you need to because it’s expensive, and I was starving.

THE TURNING POINT: One thing was knowing that my family had a history of heart problems.

My father died of a heart attack, and also I had problems with my knees and the doctor told me that if I didn’t lose probably about 40 pounds, I was going to end up with two knee replacements.

And when he first told me that, I thought, “Oh, well, I guess I’m going to have two knee replacements because I’m not going to lose the weight.” But then I realized, “This isn’t going to work. I got to do something.”

THE PLAN: Marty became my trainer because we worked together and we both had a very strong interest in mixed martial arts. He said, “Well, we can start next week.” And I was like, “No, I need to lose some weight before we start working out.” And he looked at me like, “That’s the point. You’re going to lose weight when you start working out.” And I’m like, “No, I don’t want to be in the gym with all these beautiful people at this size.” So we waited actually until the first of the year to start the program.  I was in the gym on my birthday and I thought that my trainer was the meanest person in the world to have me at the gym on my birthday, and he said, “Trolman, it’s not your birthday in the gym.”

CHANGES INTERNAL AND OUT: Since then I’ve made a whole lot of choices that I probably would not have made. I was very — I made — safe choices. I had been working the same type of job for over 20 years. I decided that that’s not happiness. So I’ve taking a hiatus from corporate America and I’m doing what I want to do now. I look good. I look good. I want people to see me whereas before I was hiding.

FIGHTING THE SABATEURS: My ex-husband, who was not as supportive as I thought he should have been when I was trying to lose weight, thought, “There’s no way that you’re going to get up every morning with Marty and go work out, at 5:30 and go to the gym and be at the gym at 6:00 in the morning.” And I thought to myself, “I am going to the gym. I’m getting up. I’m leaving the house no matter what.”

TOOLS OF MY SUCCESS: Weight training. A personal trainer for support. Smarter food choices.