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Fitness tips from people who have changed their lives

Photo Caption: Lindsey from Abbotsford BC has lost 227 lbs. and wants others to know “anything is possible if you're willing to take baby steps”

(NC) Instead of drowning in a flood of diet and exercise advice from the Internet, take a look at this snapshot of three inspiring Canadians who have transformed their lives with basic good sense – and with a little guidance, they say, from the pros at GoodLife Fitness:

Lindsey, from Abbotsford BC: Lindsey started her journey weighing 485 lbs. Her doctor gave her two recommendations: gastric bypass surgery, or diet and exercise. Lindsey decided to try exercise and felt that doing it as a group was fun and motivational. She lost 227 lbs. and transformed her life. Lindsey's Tip: “My tip is to believe that anything is possible if you're willing to take baby steps. Start small and work your way up,”

Joanne, from Sudbury, Ontario: Afterexperiencing two strokes at the age of 19due to her weight, Joanne realized that changing her health was the key to changing her future. When she first joined GoodLife she felt uncomfortable with the other members , but then came to an important realization: “I decided to make a change in my thinking,” she said. “I went from envy or dislike to praise and respect; I began to look up to them.” Having lost 115 pounds, Joanne is now preparing for a bodybuilding competition. Joanne's Tip: “If you're going to start your own health and fitness journey, remember to tell yourself that there will be times that you are going to falter a little, and that's okay. Old habits can stray you away from your goal, but knowing you will make it up means you are on the path to success.”

Karen, from New Glasgow, Nova Scotia: Karen, a grandmother of 2, had chronic pain. Her goal was to lose weight, but she worried about additional pain from exercise. She started working with a personal trainer who showed her the importance of building muscle mass. After working together for six months, Karen lost 47 lbs. 36.5 inches, 14% body fat, and the pain in her body was significantly reduced.
Karen's Tip: “I think the key to this journey is to take one day or week at a time. You would like the weight to fall off immediately, but the reality is it takes time.”

More information about these three inspiring stories can be found at: www.blog.goodlifefitness.com.

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