Theresa Ahearn never thought that she would be an athletic person when she weighed 267 pounds – but that was before she found Zumba!
After she discovered her love for Zumba, Theresa lost an astonishing 107 pounds! Amazing!
Of course, as illustrated by the pic below, healthy eating also played a big part in the transformation.
Theresa Ahearn’s Before and After Pic – So Proud!
So how did it start?
Theresa began to really struggle with her weight, like a lot of us do, after she had her children. Although the kids were now grown, the weight issues remained. I know a lot of ladies that could relate to that!
Eating became a comforting, mindless activity. Theresa says, “I would eat mindlessly. I would pick at a lot of random foods through the day and then find myself cooking a lot of pasta, chicken Parm, pizza, pork chops and red meats. I ate a lot of white breads, potato chips, hot dogs, cheeseburgers — processed, carb-loaded foods.”
Of course, she did realize there was a problem – she tried Slim Fast, Weight Watchers, pills and crazy fad diets, low carb plans like Atkins and South Beach – however, none had lasting success.
The turning point came when Theresa’s youngest daughter came home for the summer. She had slimmed down over her first year at college and gotten very comfortable in the gym. She got a gym membership for her summer at home, and one day she asked Theresa to go with her.
That’s where Theresa saw (and heard) a Zumba class for the first time. Seeing her interest, her daughter offered to try the class with her. The next night, the two of them went to the class together.
Every other night that week, Theresa went back – even by herself! Three years and 107 pounds later, she’s still going. In the meantime, she’s also run a 5k and started mixing it up by adding weight training and kickboxing classes into her routine.
You can read more of Theresa’s inspiring story in her own words here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/03/i-lost-weight-theresa-ahearn_n_3386139.html
Theresa’s inspiring story just goes to show that it doesn’t matter where you start, it only matters where you finish!