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Featured Altramaniac: Terri Shimmin

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I spent almost my entire adult life morbidly obese. I would temporarily lose weight only to regain it. At 300 pounds I was dealing with high blood pressure, medication for high cholesterol, and then in 2003 I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I didn’t make any changes in my eating or exercise habits, thinking the medication I was on would take care of everything. Needless to say I didn’t pay too much attention to my blood sugar levels. In 2006 I underwent weight loss surgery, thinking it would magically solve everything, I wouldn’t have to do anything and the weight would just drop off ~ I lost 24 pounds. I resigned myself to the idea I would spend the rest of my life fat!
Then, as I turned 50, I signed up for the Healthy Lifestyle Challenge with my work at Nebo School District. Each month we are given a different healthy challenge and I half-heartedly attempted to make changes in my life. As January of 2009 kicked off, something clicked for me, probably my grandson asking me, “grandma why is your butt so big?” How can you argue with the honesty of a child? I realized I was running out of time to make positive changes with my health. I climbed on a treadmill, and completely overhauled how and what I ate. I learned to love vegetables, make healthy recipes, realizing I ate out of sheer boredom and laziness, not true hunger. I still have those moments when I overeat, but I came to the realization I needed to forgive myself and get right back on the horse, so to speak. I reached my goal weight in March of 2010, losing a total of 160 pounds and I have maintained my weight loss with the lifestyle changes I’ve adopted. I no longer take any prescription medication and my physician told me I am no longer considered a diabetic.
I now walk 5 1/2 to 6 1/2 miles, 6 days a week on my treadmill. As part of our monthly compliance at work we were encouraged to participate in some sort of event. I did my first 5k, the Salem Hills High Witches Fun Run in October of 2010. The thought of doing a race had never entered my mind, but because of that experience, I AM HOOKED. I have done two 10k’s, and five more 5k’s since then. I will participate in a half marathon on July 7th and another 5k on July 14th. My son, Skyler, who has lost over 100 pounds himself, is my race buddy and one of my cheerleaders.
After my husband purchased a pair of Altra’s for himself, he surprised me with a pair of Intuition’s. They are so comfortable and I absolutely love them. Probably my favorite feature is the extra room in the toe box.
My advice, be patient with yourself, it took more than one day to get where you are and it is going to take more than a day to get healthy, but it will be worth it. My favorite quotes: “Don’t you dare be the one thing standing in your way.” I have it on my wall next to my treadmill.

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  1. I lived through this transformation, her whole life changed, her eating habits, her exercise habits and her personallity. She became more outgoing, loving and overall happy. I am so proud of her and I am her biggest cheerleader….

  2. Wow, Terri, your story is amazing and so are YOU! I don’t think I’ve seen you since a little after high school, so when I see your picture at the bottom of your blog, you look just the same. Good for you! You are such an inspiration in so many ways that have nothing to do with weight. You go, Girl!!

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