4. Paula Hannah Ditched her Excuses
Weight before: 227 lbs
Weight now: 150 lbs
Occupation: Corporate paralegal
Motivation: Eat-clean breakfast: Steel-cut oatmeal with cinnamon, vanilla and egg whites
Paula Hannah used to come up with any and every excuse to get out of a workout. “The most ridiculous one was that I didn’t want to mess up my hair!” she says. But at 227 pounds and with severe asthma, Paula knew the excuses had to stop.
Paula joined the fitness center at work, a gym that’s a 20-minute walk from home, and a smaller gym on her bus route. While having to rely on public transit would have stopped her before, this time she was determined to succeed. “I made a vow to myself to do whatever it takes,” she says. “If I travelled by bus to get to the gym, then I was going to do the work!”
She knew she’d reached a milestone when she lasted an entire spin class. “Friends texted me, one by one, to say they weren’t coming. My instinct was to leave – I don’t like doing things by myself.” Instead, Paula stayed, planning to duck out early. “When the instructor yelled, ’15 minutes left,’ I started to cry. I did it!”
Before her journey began, she used to tell herself that eating healthy meals was too expensive, but that changed, too. “I looked at the cost of having to shop in the plus size section and compared it with the cost of buying lean meats, fresh vegetables and whole grains,” she says. “It was such simple math!”
Now 77 pounds lighter, Paula has a new outlook: “I’d take being fit with bad hair over looking flawless and being unhealthy any day,” she says.
Keep Track Like Paula
Paula says that writing down her fitness accomplishments helped. “I record the smallest victories, like drinking a gallon of water, lifting a heavier weight or getting to bed on time”. At the end of the month, she goes over her successes. “It reminds me to stay on the right track!”
– Lively Group