Friday, June 21, 2013
Malissa Lowe, 40, a University of West Georgia staff member, began her weight loss journey in June of 2011 and has lost a total of 160 pounds. After being diagnosed with high blood pressure, Lowe decided to make a lifestyle change for her health.
“I didn’t want to be dependent on taking pills every day for the rest of my life,” said Lowe. “Also as a parent I wanted to be an example for my children and to break the chain of obesity in my family.”
Lowe began her weight loss journey at 338 pounds and is currently down to 178 pounds.
“The first thing I gave up was Cokes, and with just that I loss my first 20 pounds,” she said. “After a while, I started cutting other things from my diet.”
In addition to the change in her diet, Lowe credits her love of dancing. “I always wanted to try a Zumba fitness class, because I love to dance,” she said. “After thinking and talking about it for a while, I finally got enough nerves to go to my first Zumba fitness class in June 2011.”
Lowe is committed to staying in shape and staying on track. “I also keep an old picture of myself in my office and at home to remind myself where I started, and I don’t want to go back there again,” Lowe said.
Lowe shares advice for others who may be interested in starting their own weight lost journey.
“Don’t look or think about the next day or hour,” she said. “If you love it, you will stick to it. It really has to be a personal lifestyle change, anything less will make the struggle harder.”
Photo 1: Lowe after losing 160 pounds.
Photo 2: Lowe before losing the weight.