Posted: Jan 10, 2013 8:01 PM by Victoria Fregoso - MTN News
BILLINGS- Sarah Fry, 29, begins her day with a two-mile run, lifts weights and goes back to cardio on the elliptical trainer. But this wasn't the case just a few years ago. "Within the last, I would say, about five years, I've lost over 200 pounds," Fry said.
In her mid 20s, Sarah weighed well over 430 pounds. Now she hits the gym five to six days a week. "I didn't realize how overweight I was. And I just started going and I didn't stop," she said.
Having spent most of her life overweight, it was hard for Sarah to realize her weight was an issue. "When I was in high school, I was 350 pounds. When I was in middle school, I was between 200 and 250 pounds. College, in the 400s."
Thinking back about her old self, Sarah recalls what it was like when she had to wear a men's size 64 in jeans. "I think when I was overweight, I didn't like myself. I didn't know that at the time."
Sarah's main motivation to exercise is herself. "My goal was to reach my (drivers) license weight, to match that. That was my first goal. My next one was to be able to buckle a seat (belt). Just small goals at a time. Small goals are huge goals at the very end."
Gym members and employees are amazed by Sarah's accomplishments. "She should be an inspiration to everyone who has started off with a daunting task and overcome it," said Carol Bradford, who exercises with Sarah every morning.
"When you don't think you can do it, then think of her. I think that's what keeps us all going. When she can do it, then I can try to do it," said Angelina Leon, YMCA Customer Service.
But dropping the pounds didn't happen overnight. It took dedication and determination. Now, her day isn't complete without a workout. "Working out now helps with my stress, it helps with everything. If I don't work out, I'm stressed throughout the day. I have to have this in my life."
Sarah's weight loss journey has been a long one. But by setting small goals each day, she's able to make her new healthy routine a permanent lifestyle.