SUCCESS STORY / Sally Thompson, 59: From 224 pounds to 179 pounds
Former weight: 224 pounds
Current weight: 179 pounds
Pounds lost: 45 pounds
Height: 5 ft 9 inches
Age: 59 years
How prolonged she’s saved it off: She started in August 2017 and reached her current weight in March 2018.
Personal life: “I have two great children, they have been very supportive of my journey,” Thompson talked about. “I am an elementary school teacher at a wonderful school, and I live in Kennesaw.”
Turning degree: “In August 2017, I joined Sparkle A New You. I contacted wellness coach Jacynta Harb after reading about one of her success stories in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. I left there and I pictured myself thin. That had never happened before. After our conversation, I joined immediately and I’ve never looked back,” Thompson talked about. “… Earlier that year, my dad had died. I was at a very low point in my life. He had about 1,000 people who attended the viewing. His impact in the community was very evident; he left behind a strong legacy.”
Diet plan: Breakfast is an egg, avocado, historic grain toast and greens similar to kale, spinach or dandelion. She douses the breakfast greens with balsamic French dressing. Lunch is generally selfmade soup or salad. For dinner, she has fish or hen with greens and just about on no account eats crimson meat. “Tracking your food daily is so important,” Thompson talked about. She makes use of MyFitnessPal.com to hint her daily power.
Exercise routine: “I do monthly 5Ks with my Sparkle support group, and I do my own personal 5K each month. We have monthly group exercise challenges as well,” Thompson talked about. “I run several times per week. In my 20s, I was a runner, but at age 59, I do mostly run/walk intervals.”
Biggest drawback: “I don’t call it a challenge,” she talked about after being taught to not focus completely on weight-reduction plan inside the temporary time interval, nonetheless reasonably to change her approach of life for the long term. “I feel that I am a living example that you can maintain weight loss. … I allow myself to have planned indulgences; 90 percent of the time it is planned. It could be a dessert or an occasion that is important. … I am changing my lifestyle — to me it has never been about a diet.”
How life has modified: “In every way possible. I’m happier, I have more energy, I try new challenges that I didn’t think I could do before,” Thompson talked about. “I have become more self-confident. … I believe that our maintenance classes, our guest speakers and community partners have all contributed to my success and realizing that the journey is lifelong.” Her concepts for others embody: “If you are having a bad day, don’t beat yourself up. Just start over the next day and just realize … you can succeed, really.”