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It is so hard to believe this is what I used to be at my heaviest was 210 pounds.  I have tried to lose weight before and the lowest I got was 189. I'd started walking in the galleria and on the braes bayou but, something always happened and I stopped. It's always hard to start again once you have stopped.  Then my good friend, Jessica started working out with Coach Evans and she kept telling me to call.  She was losing weight and looking so good.  I called just as I was leaving to go on vacation to see my uncle in Charleston, SC. I started this journey on Monday August 1, 2016 at Hermann Park, I was 199 pounds and a size 14/16 and xlarge.  I had high blood pressure, high cholesterol and I am diabetic. My a1c was a 12, which is really bad.  So you already know I had to do something. Believe me when I say I was late getting there and it took me fifteen minutes after the first session was over to get to my car.  The first time we went around the big loop, I was walking more than jogging and I really thought I was going to die, everything hurt and it was truly sad.   I had little to no endurance but, I was strong and I didn't give up.  Trust me when I say I got lectured about being a couple of minutes late and gaining weight. I even gained seven pounds in a week and no it was not in the holiday season. Thank God it was water weight but, still very disappointing.  There was even a point where we almost ended our training for good.

Slowly but surely I have been losing the weight, getting stronger, gaining more endurance and energy. Now don't get me wrong, there have been times when I didn't meet my weight goal at all or just stayed the same. I have laughed, made faces, given evil eyes and yes even cried but, it has ALL PAID OFF.  Coach Evans has been there every step of the way with tough love and encouragement. So I can say that at this point on Thursday, May 4th 2017  I am 142 pounds with a1c at 5.5 my blood pressure and diabetic mess have been decreased.

This process is not a quick fix, you will feel pain, sweat and it is not easy. But anything worth doing and achieving you have to be willing to put in the work. And believe me y'all it's worth it!! And I am proof of it


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