Updated: August 26, 2011

Dara's Background

Age:

38

Goal weight: 125 pounds

Month 1

Height: 5'0"

Weight: 147 lbs.

Body fat: 34%

VO2 max*: 33.4 ml/kg/min

Aerobic fitness: average

Resting blood pressure: 122/84 (normal)

Cholesterol: 215(borderline high)

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Month 12

Weight: 121 lbs.

Pounds lost: 26

Body fat: 26.5%

Body fat lost: 7.5%

VO2 max*: 41.2 ml/kg/min

Aerobic fitness: average

Resting blood pressure: 122/80 (normal)

Cholesterol: 198(normal)

I was a cheerleader in high school and an aerobics instructor in my 20s. Today, I still walk 30-45 minutes every day and play co-ed indoor soccer once a week, but my eating habits are horrible. Like many working moms (I have two kids, ages 8 and 10), I rely on a lot of frozen foods and sometimes skip meals when my schedule gets hectic. As a result, I've packed on the pounds-and I've made it clear that I don't like what I see in the mirror. That's hard because my daughter, who's built a lot like me, watches my every move. I don't want her to internalize my poor body image and wind up disliking her body, too. I want to take off this weight and feel comfortable with myself-so I can teach my daughter to do the same.

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