Diana Brazeau shares her story of losing 71 pounds in 14 months
Diana Brazeau and this is my story
I read Kelly’s story about a week ago and decided to share mine.
Diana Brazeau shows off her bikini body at 121 pounds
I was the chubby kid all through my school years, I took my share of being picked on and really was never popular with the boys. I married a great guy when I was 24 and am still with him and hope I am forever. After 10 years of marriage I had put on even more weight and finally topped 190 pounds.
My husband runs three times a week and has for years. He has no desire run a marathon, he just always said it made him feel good.
The day I stepped on the scale and weighed in at 192 pounds, I decided to do something about it. Keep in mind, I have never been into working out or dieting, I was quite content in coming home from work and curling up in front of the TV.
I did not know where to start or what to do, but I went for a walk that evening for about a mile. I was exhausted when I got home and the next morning I could hardly move. The next evening I forced myself to go again. This went on for two weeks, each night I would fill my water bottle, put on baggy clothes and go for a walk just after dark.
After two weeks , I had simply cut out my snacks and walked a mile 5 times a week. When I stepped on the scales I was already down to 186 pounds. I was so excited, I actually felt strong for the first time in my life.
So I increased my walks to two miles and would try and jog the last quarter of a mile. Within 5 weeks I was jogging the two miles not walking and was down to 179 pounds, I had lost 13 pounds. I also felt so good inside and full of energy.
I continued to run but changed my schedule so I ran every second day as my knees were getting swollen, I also joined the lunch hour yoga class at work and did my best to get 3 classes in a week.
I could feel my body slowly changing, my once tight and strained clothing was becoming baggy and I had to start to buy new outfits.
At 4 months in I had lost a total of 19 pounds or about 1.2 pounds a week, I never felt starved and I could feel myself getting stronger every day.
I was so high on life, my energy level was through the roof, and I felt amazing.
My next step was to join a gym, and add some weight training to my program, so now I was running 3 to 4 times a week in the morning, doing yoga 3 times a week at lunch and going to the gym on my way home 3 times a week for an hour for strictly weight training.
To make a long story short after 14 months, I weigh 122 pounds. I run into people regularly that do not recognize me.
My husband and I decided to take a trip to Mexico in Jan. of this year.
Her is my secret, I had never worn a bikini in public and I mean never. I went online and purchased two bikinis for the trip, I never told my husband. When they arrived, I tried them on and I cried, I cried like a baby. I never in all my life thought that, I of all people would ever wear a bikini in public.
Diana Brazeau with friend Sara she met in Mexico
When we got to Mexico, we went to our room and settled in, I sent my husband out to the pool bar to get us drinks and find us a couple of loungers. While he was gone, I put on one of my new bikinis, and a little sarong and sauntered out to the pool.
People were actually looking at me, when my husband saw me, all I needed was to see the reaction on his face and I started to cry again.
I am so happy and proud of myself, I feel amazing, I think I look great and my life has never been better. I know I am not a beauty queen but you know, I can turn some heads in my bikini.
If you have never been physical in your life, let me tell you, it is like being on a happy drug, it changes your whole life. The old me is gone and is never coming back.
I love life
Thanks Diana xoxo
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