The day that Brenda King looked at the scale and realized she weighed as much as her 6’2” father, she was mortified. Her dad passed away at the age of 54 from a massive heart attack, so she knew she had to make some changes.
With support from family and friends, who encouraged her every step of the way, it took the Montezuma Manufacturing employee about eighteen months to shed 100 pounds.
Evidence shows that people who lose weight gradually and steadily at 1 to 2 pounds per week are more successful at keeping weight off. (Mayo Clinic)
“I changed the way I ate and I started exercising and the weight just came off,” she explains. Brenda opted not to go on any fad diets, but simply started making healthier choices. She didn’t even give up her baking. “Now I just give it away,” she laughs.
Exercise makes it possible to create a calorie deficit and lose weight without starving your body and slowing your metabolism.
Brenda enjoys anything outdoors – walking, working in her garden, and spending time with family and friends. Her exercise regime also included time on her Total Gym and kettlebell.
As a general goal, aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day. (Mayo Clinic)
Blood pressure often increases as weight increases. Not only did Brenda’s lifestyle change make a dramatic difference in her appearance, it had a beneficial effect on her overall health. “I’m currently off all my blood pressure medicine and I feel great!”
Losing just 10 pounds can help reduce your blood pressure. Losing weight also makes any blood pressure medications you’re taking more effective. (Mayo Clinic)
After losing the first 30 pounds, Brenda says, “I could already feel a big difference so I just kept going!” She also took advantage of the weight loss programs offered at work. As any successful dieter will tell you, surrounding yourself with positive, supportive people, helps keep the motivation levels up. “I want to thank my many family and friends that encouraged me along my journey. It’s been great and I couldn’t have done it without them!”