Fran Gossett, 55, of Lansing, has figured out what it takes to live a healthy lifestyle. After dealing with fatigue, acid reflux and a variety of other ailments she attributed to her weight (she tipped the scale at 278), she decided to do something about it. Now, the commercial lending assistant at Comerica Bank weights 178 pounds, eats healthy, works out regularly and is a great example of how to be healthy. Here is her story:
What made you decide to change your lifestyle?
I have been a member of Weight Watchers for 16 months. I started going when I was tired of having acid reflux so bad that I had to sleep in a recliner. I got so winded walking up the parking ramp stairs to my car that I had to rest to slow down the pounding of my heart. I have been a member of Weight Watchers for 16 months. I started going when I was tired of having acid reflux so bad that I had to sleep in a recliner. I got so winded walking up the parking ramp stairs to my car that I had to rest to slow down the pounding of my heart.
How is your diet?
My diet is all fruits/vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, low fat/fat-free dairy. I watch the amount of protein and carbs — protein high, carbs low. And I’m proud to say that after 16 months, I have dropped 98 pounds!
How are your workouts?
Some days my life is stressful, and I use my workouts at the gym as a way to de-stress. That is my “me” time. Time to clear my head and unwind from everything I had to deal with that day. There’s just something about that feeling of strength and power, that nothing can stop me from reaching my goals.
What’s your typical workout like?
I have a treadmill at home, so I am up early, putting some time in on it before going to work. After work, it’s a different story. I head to Planet Fitness, where I can always be found doing resistance training. Whether it’s free weights or the weight machines, I do them all. And when I’m not working out with the weights, I’m taking a class. I love them all.
Have your workouts helped your lifestyle?
Remember those steps at the parking ramp I had a hard time climbing without pains in my chest? I now run up the stairs! Instead of driving a few blocks to the store, I walk there and back. My energy level is so much higher than its ever been. I’m walking 5Ks that I wasn’t able to do a year ago.
Do you have any fitness goals?
I’m not much of a runner because I have screws in one ankle, and running is uncomfortable, but I would like to be able to walk at least a 10K.
How is your support network?
I’m very lucky to have a large support network. I have co-workers who limit the treats brought into the office. I have my fellow Weight Watchers members, who listen to my frustrations. I have my husband who, admittedly, wasn’t very supportive when I started, but now I think he’s my biggest fan. I don’t believe I would be where I am today without them. They are so important to me. Many people have told me what an inspiration I am to them; the truth is, they inspire me to keep going and be the best “me” I can be!
Any advice to those who are struggling?
Remember your “why.” Why do you want to be healthy? Why do you want to lose weight? Whatever it is, when you’re struggling to stay in your program, remember why you started it.
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