"Martial Arts Helped Me Reshape My Body"
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- "I Did It!"
- Kimmarie's Healthy Eating Plan
"I Did It!"
Name: Kimmarie Barrett
Her Weight Before: 198
Her Weight After: 136
Pounds Lost: 62
At Current Weight: 12 months
For Kimmarie Barrett, inspiration to start exercising came from an unusual source: her 9-year-old daughter. "She was taking tae kwon do classes and I decided to join her," says the systems administrator from Mims, Florida. "I thought, We'll spend time together and I'll lose weight," she says. But it took a few years for the scale to budge. "I had to commit to working out more consistently and change my fatty diet to see results."Cheese Cravings, Weight Gains
Cheese-aholic Kimmarie weighed about 160 through her 20s. "I loved anything with melted cheese -- pizza, burritos, calzones," she says. "I tried low-carb dieting so I could still eat cheese, but it didn't work." By her early 30s, she was up to 198. "The amount of exercise I was doing wasn't enough to control my weight, and my blood pressure was high," she says. "My doctor prescribed medication. That woke me up; I felt way too young to be taking pills and worrying about having a stroke."The 25% Rule
First, she eliminated foods that got more than 25 percent of their calories from fat. Fried food, cheese, and chips were out; grilled chicken, fish, and yogurt were in. Then she increased her tae kwon do classes to three a week and added daily yoga and walking. The first month, she lost 10 pounds. Soon, Kimmarie replaced walking with running. Within six months, she had lost 62 pounds and was off blood-pressure drugs.
Now Kim is a black belt, tae kwon do instructor, and owner of a martial arts studio. "I posted before and after photos of myself to show my students what you can accomplish if you try."
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