"I Saved My Health"
Before: 165 pounds
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- Healthy Body, Second Chance
- Christina's Weight-Loss Plan
Healthy Body, Second Chance
Name: Christina Bomberger
Weight Before: 165
Weight After: 110
Pounds Lost: 55
Time at Current Weight: 2 years
One day, Christina Bomberger walked into her local Victoria's Secret and spent $400 on bras -- a major splurge to celebrate her new body. "It's thrilling to shop for fun, sexy clothes," says the credit-union service advisor from Mount Joy, Pennsylvania.
She used to think that deprivation was the way to get slim, but teenage bouts of bingeing and purging backfired. "In college, I got up to 165 pounds eating pizza and candy," she says. Then, at age 21, Christina had a bone scan at a work-sponsored health fair. The diagnosis was shocking: She had osteoporosis. Heredity played a part (her mother and grandmother both had the disease), but her sedentary lifestyle, extreme dieting, and years of smoking had led to prematurely brittle bones. "I drank milk, but a specialist told me to change my ways or I'd have the bones of a 90-year-old by age 50," she says. Christina dreaded working out, so she started by tweaking her diet: She quit drinking slushies, stopped eating late at night, and sucked low-cal lollipops to quell her sugar cravings. In a year she'd lost 10 pounds, and finally resolved to start exercising. "There was a tae kwon do class offered at work, so I signed up with my friends," she says. "It was incredibly hard, but the powerful kick-butt feeling I got kept me coming back." The result: a steady 10-pound-per-year weight loss. Then she added cross-training, losing another 15 pounds in two years.
Now her bone density is stable and her energy is off the charts. Christina recently formed a support group at her church. "Just last week, a woman told me she's started walking three times a week because of my example," she says. "That's even more amazing than fitting into a cute bra."
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