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115lb Weight Loss Success Story—72 Year-Old Betty Lou Sweeney


Like so many of us, 72 year-old Betty Lou Sweeney spent years battling her weight.

As a child, she lived in several foster homes and endured abuse. Those childhood wounds, along with the stresses of life, fueled a sugar addiction that lead her to gain a great deal of weight. At her highest, she weighed 250lbs.

After spending years dieting and then gaining the weight back (plus more) as well as dealing with various serious health issues, at age 69, Betty Lou knew she had to make a choice—either lose weight and get healthy or die.

On her own, she began to slowly lose weight, but when she connected with personal trainer Dave Candra at her local gym things began to dramatically change. Over the course of three years, Betty Lou lost 115lbs, and became healthy and strong—so strong in fact, in 2011, she broke the world’s record for holding the plank position for 36 minutes and 58 seconds.

Within this interview, Betty Lou tells of how she lost the weight, how much exercise has changed her life, and offers inspiration for us all.

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Time: 67 minutes

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100lb Weight Loss Success Story—Justin Smith

There was a time when Justin Smith couldn’t imagine what life was like not being overweight.

At the beginning of 2010, he was 100lbs overweight. After a dire warning from his doctor, he got serious about losing his excess weight.

Within this interview, Justin talks about the many years he spent being overweight, the mindset change that got him started with his weight loss journey, and how he went from working out at home to now having a total passion for running marathons.

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Time: 60 minutes

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300lb Weight Loss Success Story—Hattie Montgomery

Weighing over 500lbs, Hattie Montgomery felt as though she was on the verge of dying.

Besides the excess weight, she was carrying emotional hurt after enduring years of being bullied as an overweight teenager as well as the aftermath of a sexual assault that took place in her 20’s.

It was the will to live that gave her the drive and determination to lose 300lbs.

Within this interview, Hattie explains what lead her to get serious about losing weight, how she lost weight, and the changes she experienced along the way.

Her words are profound and truly inspirational.

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Time: 65 minutes

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150lb Weight Loss Success Story — Shapely Girl Fitness Founder Debra Mazda

Almost 30 years ago, Debra Mazda weighed nearly 300lbs.

Fueled by a desire to feel better, weigh less, and have a better life, Debra made the decision to start working out at a neighbourhood gym.

Remember, those were the days before the Internet—before we had access to tons of information, could ask experts questions, and could support. It was also before we could choose from thousands of workout DVDs and do our workouts from home. Also, this was a time when morbid obesity was rare. For Debra, walking into a gym wasn’t just a brave thing to do, it was a life changer.

Not only did she lose 150lbs, but she went on to become a fitness instructor and founder of Shapely Girl Fitness.

Over the years, Debra has opened, and maintained a fitness studio and created a collection of workout DVDs and motivational CDs. Her down to earth personality and empathy for people of all sizes and fitness levels has garnered her loyal fans who describe her as “encouraging”, “a great motivator”, and “sassy”.

Within this interview, Debra shares her personal story and gives tons of suggestions on losing weight and making workouts a priority.

Time: 84 minutes

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