POSTED: Tuesday, November 16, 2010 - 10:22pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, November 16, 2010 - 11:33pm
EAST TEXAS --- Losing big didn't take a ranch and a group of trainers for some east texans.
One woman's life-long struggle with weight ended when she dropped 50 pounds almost two years ago.
I go to a pretty tough pilates and yoga class. I've always thought the instructor had a lifetime of practice to carry out those tricky poses. Turns out, two years ago she was on an uphill struggle to get down from one hundred and 84 pounds.
"When you get to the point that your scrubs are tight ... you sit down and your clothes just dig into you," says Kim Reeves.
She's talking about the pounds that came on faster and faster every year.
"There would be tears at the end of some days. You know shopping, jean shopping, for a woman is probably one of the most awkward experiences," Reeves said.
She knew she needed some help, so she finally stepped into the gym and got on a life-changing diet and exercise plan. Kim says her entire lifestyle had to change to get from 184 to 130. She says getting on a cardio exercise machine made her sweat in too minutes flat at first.
"You get discouraged. You say, well I ran an hour a day and I'm not losing any weight," she says.
But with the right work out plan and some patience, she lost all 50 pounds.
"I don't remember looking like that, but I remember feeling that way," Kim says as she looks back at old pictures.
Her whole attitude toward exercise changed. Kim says there's no magic pill that could have gotten her to the front of the Pilates and Yoga class she now teaches. In fact, a key to keeping it off was a nutrition plan going against most commercial diets.
"The most aggravating thing people ask me is 'oh what are you taking?' I''m not taking anything!" Kim says.
The right nutrition plan didn't make sense mentally to Kim, "eating four and five meals a day was a challenge for me because I thought 'I'm eating too much. I'm not used to eating this much.'"
Kim was used to starvation-style eating plans including one where she ate only a handful of fig cookies a day. After two years of healthful diet and exercise, Kim says she's confident she'll never be back to the woman in the pictures.
"I'm doing it the right way and I think that's what's made the difference in keeping it off now and years ago when I would do the fad diets," she says.