Over the past five weeks we've profiled several South Sound residents who have lost weight. Here's one last profile. Read the others at blog.thenewstribune.com/adventure.
Start weight: 356 pounds
Current weight: 190 pounds
Today Ferguson speaks much differently about exercise than she would have three years ago when she couldn’t even do a jumping jack.
“It’s who I am,” she said of her exercise routine. “It’s what I do.”
Through exercise and an overhauled diet, Ferguson has remodeled her body into a new form that took even her doctor by surprise.
When she dropped 100 pounds in a year, her doctor questioned whether she was healthy.
“But that’s about two pounds per week,” Ferguson said.
Not only was she healthier, she is the healthiest she’s ever been.
She works out regularly in group fitness classes at Tacoma’s All-Star Fitness – where she now has no trouble doing jumping jacks and more challenging exercises – and ditched her bad eating habits.
“It’s not like I was a closet eater,” she said. “I just ate a lot and I didn’t know how to listen to my body when I had had enough.”
She’s been diligent about eating appropriately sized portions, traded her soft drinks for diet pop and her white chocolate mochas for lower calorie caramel lattes.
Ferguson says one of the tools that helped most during her journey is her blog – Myweightingplace.blogspot.com.
“You start to feel isolated after awhile and think that you are the only person dealing with things like excess skin,” said Ferguson, who still hopes to lose 16 pounds. “But through the blog you hear from people and you realize a lot of them are dealing with the same things.
“The feedback from friends and even strangers is such an encouragement. It is really cool.”
Craig Hill, staff writer While researching weight-loss competitions, fitness columnist Craig Hill decided to take part in one. Visit blog.thenewstribune.com/adventure to follow his journey. Share your story via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.