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146 lbs shed in a year

LEWISPORTE - Florence Ryan, 48 of Lewisporte, is living proof that people who struggle with obesity don't need a fad diet or the Biggest Loser trainers to drop the weight.

Florence Ryan of Lewisporte has an amazing story to tell of her weight loss journey to almost half her previous weight.

By PAM SNOW

The Pilot

 

LEWISPORTE - Florence Ryan, 48 of Lewisporte, is living proof that people who struggle with obesity don't need a fad diet or the Biggest Loser trainers to drop the weight.

Starting her weight loss journey in January of 2011, Ms. Ryan has lost 146 pounds - going from 324 pounds to a current healthy and fabulous 178.

The lifestyle change started for Ms. Ryan when her body began to give her health problems and her mind was set on making a change towards a healthier way of life.

"I knew I had to do something," she said. "It had gotten to the point where I couldn't even stand without limping or getting out of breath. I had back problems and the pain was unbearable most days. Something had to change."

So Ms. Ryan began cutting back on junk food, gave up her sodas and consumed healthier foods, paying particular attention to nutrients she needed to lose weight and maintain the weight loss in the long run.

"I'm not a breakfast person, but throughout the day I would pay attention to my eating habits and I began to walk and drink lots and lots of water," she said. "It was slow going at first because exercise was something I never did, I would just sit on the couch and watch television all the time, but with those changes I started to lose weight."

 

Back to school

Ms. Ryan found the confidence in herself to go back to school and is striving to obtain her Level III through Adult Basic Education at the College of the North Atlantic in Grand Falls-Windsor.

"When I began there I was after losing so much and then I was encouraged by my instructor to join their Biggest Loser program," said Ms. Ryan. "The class gets together and weighs-in every Wednesday, there's a ‘no-no' for that week whether it's sweets or bread, etcetera and it's very encouraging to everyone involved."

The support from family and friends is very important during any weight loss journey, but Ms. Ryan said faith in yourself and having the mind set to start and follow it through is even more important.

"People always ask me how I did it and I tell them you can do anything if you put your mind to it," she said. "But you have to determined to do it. You can be an inspiration to other people."

 

Organizations: College of the North Atlantic

Geographic location: LEWISPORTE, Grand Falls-Windsor

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  • Rhonda Kearley
    March 16, 2012 - 16:04

    way to go Florence, you look fabulous!!!

    • Diana Fudge
      March 24, 2012 - 14:25

      Florence you are someone who should be proud of yourself, it makes anyone feel proud to lose weight, I lost 70 lbs in a year and that made me proud, I can only imagine how proud you are of yourself , I am so happy for you because I knew you before you lost your weight and you truely are someone to be proud off.....the best of luck with your next 28lbs...God Bless....