Everyone has those days where you are at the gym and feel like your feet are dragging as you try to wrap up your work out. There are even times when you feel like giving up because you might think “I’ve already done so much today, what could it hurt to leave early?” While you might feel instant satisfaction in ending your exercise early, in the long run it will only lead to more workouts than if you had stuck with your original plan.
In order to give you some extra motivation that will help you with that extra push to complete your next workout, take a look at some of these incredible success stories!
Teresa Labonte lost 46 Pounds at Age 50
After trying numerous diets throughout her adult life, Teresa felt that she was resigned to her fate and didn’t think there was anything that she could do to stay healthy at her age. She had decided that this was just how she was going to be: constantly tired and unable to hike or climb stairs without losing breathe. It wasn’t until Teresa’s daughter invited her to a workout, asking “what else would you be doing?” that the transformation began to take place.
The Labontes started out simply by exercising for 2 hours twice a week, starting off slow to make sure Teresa was not overexerting herself. Once she began to see small results, a few pounds here, a few inches there, Teresa started making small changes in other aspects of her life. She started drinking more water, eating more vegetables, and avoiding unhealthy snacks.
Teresa was able to stick with her exercise plan and the small changes she had made in her diet for the next few years, losing 46 pounds in the process and eventually running a 5k! This was something that Teresa never thought she would be able to do, but she ended up placing in the top 10 for her age group.
“For anyone that’s struggling, believe in yourself, surround yourself with a good support group.” Teresa’s advice may not be revolutionary, but it certainly worked for her and it can for you too!
Read more about Teresa’s story here.
Roni Tarver lost 100 Pounds after discovering Zumba
For Roni, it all started with a simple goal: to reduce her lower back pain. At the time, she had been taking pain medication to help with her back and was under a good deal of stress as a new teacher, both factors that had led to her gaining additional weight. Tarver had already taken simple steps towards living a healthier life, including quitting smoking and riding on a stationary bike multiple times a week, but it wasn’t until she discovered Zumba that she turned things around.
Roni is the daughter of a dance instructor, so the movements of Zumba were easy for her to learn. In just a few weeks she was hooked and was going to the gym for classes sometimes multiple times a day!
Tarver stated that “you really feel like you’re in a club, dancing with people,” about Zumba, adding “only you don’t have a hangover in the morning.”
After 10 months since starting her dance classes and some encouragement from her trainers, Roni started teaching her own Zumba classes and using her own story as motivation for her clients. If you want to learn more about Roni’s story, you can read about it here!
Jennifer Gillam lost 84 pounds by taking Selfies
Jennifer was another woman who felt like her weight was out of her control. As a mother of two, she had not had the time to work on her fitness level and had kept on most of the weight gained during her second pregnancy. At one point, Jennifer had to rely on crutches to get around.
It wasn’t until she was diagnosed with high blood pressure and borderline type 2 diabetes that Jennifer understood that there was something she needed to do about it. She joined her local Weight Watchers and started a Facebook group where she could document her progress. Sharing her journey with others while both giving and receiving encouragement gave Jennifer the motivation to stick with it.
Now, a year later, Jennifer is down 84 pounds and a Weight Watchers leader for her local chapter. Today, Jennifer says she feels “absolutely amazing,” and is loving her newfound confidence in her body and herself.
Finding a way to document your exercise and weight loss journey is a great way to hold yourself accountable and give motivation to others who are struggling down a similar path. Read more about Jennifer’s story here!