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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Woman From Mississippi Loses 230 Pounds By Simply Doing This!

Theresa S. Thames

Theresa S. Thames from Southern Mississippi weighed 280 pounds by the time she was 14 years old. By the time she was 33, she weighed 447 pounds. Yet she was able to lose 230 pounds by starting one simple routine. Walking.

Walking every day for 30 minutes enabled Thames to lose 230 pounds. She had been raised on good southern home cooking which continued to add to her weight over the years. For many years, she blamed it on her southern background, but eventually it became a source of misery and depression.

How she saw food

To Thames, food was the way to solve problems and make herself feel better, not just to satisfy hunger. It was the way she coped with an abusive marriage, a demanding career, an emotional divorce, and the deaths of her sister, her father, and her ex-husband. In addition to walking, she realized she also had to change the way she looked at food.

Walking set her free

Thames attributes GirlTrek: Healthy Black Women and Girls Facebook page for saving her life. GirlTrek is a movement of black women taking control of their health and their lives. The organization's web site states, "GirlTrek is a national health movement that activates thousands of Black women to be change makers in their lives and communities — through walking."

After Thames joined the group, everything began to change. For the better. As she explains it, "I walked and walked until 230 lbs of burdens lifted from my body."

She learned to cope without turning to food and discovered a new kind of freedom that she never had before; food had her trapped into a vicious cycle that was literally killing her. Now Thames encourages other women to join a GirlTrek group in their area.

To learn more about GirlTrek, visit www.girltrek.org
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