Dottye Holt, 58
I was overweight as a child and struggled throughout my life to manage my weight. By the time I reached my 30s, I was over 200 pounds. The weight just kept adding up. At times, I joined a gym and lost 50 or 60 pounds, but it always came back. At age 47, I weighed more than 300 pounds. I had developed high blood pressure, metabolic disorder and other conditions that were alarming. I made a decision to get my life on track and started a healthier eating plan. I lost 135 pounds and have kept it off for almost six years. I cycle, run to compete in local races (the photo is from the 2011 San Antonio Rock’n’Roll half marathon), work out weekly with a trainer, go to Zumba and enjoy many other outdoor activities and gym workouts to keep variety in my schedule. I do some type of activity every day, even if it is only a 3 or 4 mile walk in my neighborhood. My diet has evolved and I now eat locally sourced, organic foods. I avoid processed foods, soft drinks, artificial sweeteners and processed fats.
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