Reshape Your Body Success Stories
These women got with Prevention’s exercise and eating program and saw amazing results–you can, too!
Lose 10-15 Pounds
Kerry Blanchard Basking Ridge,NJ38 years old Lost 10 pounds, 8 inches, 4% body fat
Body Type: Soccer Mom Spread Once you hit your late 30s, it’s harder to lose or even maintain your weight. Life gets in the way–jobs, kids, and aging parents all conspire to steal exercise time. Making matters worse, you start losing muscle tissue, so your metabolism slows. The result: an extra 10 to 15 pounds that seem impossible to shake. “To drop those stubborn pounds, you need high-intensity cardio and full-body strength training,” says Freytag.
Why She Signed Up “With school, sports, and work, I found I got so busy I lost motivation.”
Biggest Obstacle “I felt if I couldn’t do 45 minutes or an hour of exercise, I shouldn’t bother doing anything.”
Blanchard, a physician assistant and single mother of two boys, 10 and 11, used to work out all the time. But as her sons got older, she started tending more to their activities and less to her own.
Steady weight gain and the realization that life wasn’t going to slow down helped change her mind. “Finding time is still hard, but I’ve learned to seize the moment as often as I can,” she says. “I grab 15 minutes here and there to do my exercises. If it’s 8 pm and I’m not doing anything, I’ll hop on the StairMaster rather than sit on the couch and watch television. The weight comes off a little slower this way, but it still comes off.”
Food Tip Blanchard had tried diets but could never maintain their stringent restrictions. “Turns out, all I really needed was to keep my portions in check. I love to eat all kinds of foods; I just need to eat a little less. Now I will actually count my crackers or measure out my cereal to double-check that I’m eating just a serving, not three or four.”
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