The date was September 19, 2012, and I was turning 40. In my mind, I felt great and excited about the future. There was one hang up, however. My beautiful spritely self was trapped in an overweight and sick body. At only 5'1" tall, I was 167 pounds, a BMI of 30, and blood pressure of 140/90. During a trip to the doctor in the days that followed, I got the shake-up of my life. My doctor looked me squarely in the face, lips dripping with concern and revulsion, and said, "You are obese." I was angry, and had finally had enough.
With the help of my wonderful ZUMBA! Instructor, Mrs. Crystal Sylvester, and a few changes to my diet, I have managed to lose 34 pounds, two dress sizes, and watched my blood pressure drop to 117/70! I have not been in a size 8 dress and seen blood pressure numbers like that since I had my first child almost 13 years ago. I am still in disbelief that I can make a testament like this. I am proud of myself for sticking with it and so grateful to Crystal and all of my ZUMBA! girls that continuously encourage me and lift me up. I could not have done it and cannot keep it up without you!
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