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BIGGEST WINNER: Tacoma Teacher drops 166 pounds

Post by Craig Hill / The News Tribune on April 8, 2011 at 11:30 pm |
April 8, 2011 11:34 pm

KARI FERGUSON
Teacher, Tacoma
Age: 35
Start weight: 356
Current weight: 190

Today Ferguson speaks much differently about exercise than she would have three years ago when she couldn’t even do a jumping jack.

“It’s who I am,” she said of her exercise routine. “It’s what I do.”

Through exercise and an overhauled diet, Ferguson has remodeled her body into a new form that took even her doctor by surprise.

When she dropped 100 pounds in a year, her doctor questioned whether she was healthy.

“But that’s about two pounds per week,” Ferguson said.

Not only was she healthier, she is the healthiest she’s ever been.

She works out regularly in group fitness classes at Tacoma’s All-Star Fitness – where she now has no trouble doing jumping jacks and more challenging exercises – and ditched her bad eating habits.

“It’s not like I was a closet eater,” she said. “I just ate a lot and I didn’t know how to listen to my body when I had had enough.”

She’s been diligent about eating appropriately-sized portions, traded her soft drinks for diet pop and her white chocolate mochas for lower calorie caramel lattes.

Ferguson says one of the tools that helped most during her journey is her blog – Myweightingplace.blogspot.com.

“You start to feel isolated after awhile and think that you are the only person dealing with things like excess skin,” said Ferguson, who still hopes to lose 16 pounds. “But through the blog you hear from people and you realize a lot of them are dealing with the same things.

“The feedback from friends and even strangers is such an encouragement. It is really cool.”

This is the 12th part in a series on weight loss running March 14-April 10. We will post profiles on South Sound residents having success losing weight the right way.  And Fitness Columnist Craig Hill will blog about his attempt to slash his body fat to below 10 percent.

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