I feel energized, ready to face life. I feel like I can do anything I want.

“I was never the skinny skinny one in high school, but I was active and comfortable with my body. In my 20s I was gaining weight, losing weight because I had 4 kids from 22-29. I was really heavy with my third pregnancy and didn’t lose all the weight before my fourth. When I was 30, I lost a lot of weight walking and was happy to be going to college, but life was stressful. I was a full time nursing student, working part time nights, raising four kids and my husband was traveling all the time for work, and the marriage was rocky.

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I had steadily gained weight during nursing school and with more massive life shifts I didn’t recognize myself by the time I was a year out of school.

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More than 20 years later, I was just feeling heavy and tired of it. Ever since my walk I felt like I didn’t want to be a sedentary person, I wanted to be able to walk when I’m in my 90s. Since I’ve been overweight all of my 40s, most of my 30s and here I am 54. I was tired of carrying all this extra weight around. I was at a time when I said enough is enough.”

“Getting started, it was easier than I thought. Can’t say I wasn’t hungry at all. Weight coming off every day was a big inspiration and motivator. First few days was two pounds a day. The quick little successes were very motivating.

Currently, I’m almost there – closer than I’ve been in decades. I lost a bunch of weight in 2010 and was close to this but have never come this far –

I feel energized, ready to face life. I feel like I can do anything I want.

And, I haven’t had to exercise my butt off to get here!”

-Rebecca Hays, 54, Lawrence KS