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Gulfport woman loses 110 pounds and keeps it off


By Karen Abernathy – bio | email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Obesity is out of control around the country, but especially here in Mississippi. Many people say they don't have the time or energy to stick with a healthful diet and exercise program. But one working Mom, who changed her lifestyle and lost more than 100 pounds, is serving as an inspiration to others who want to lose weight.

Today, it's hard to imagine 40-year-old Christy Profitt as overweight and inactive. She's constantly on the go as a military wife, mother of three children and an administrative assistant at the Seabee Base in Gulfport.  But six and a half years ago, it was a different story. Christy was 110 pounds heavier than she is today.

"Like a lot of Moms, I tended to put everybody's needs before myself and the result was me not having a healthy lifestyle and being overweight," Profitt said.

As a result, Profitt said she "was overweight for 12 to 14 years; close to 100 pounds overweight that whole time."

For years, Profitt felt about doing anything to change the situation.

"When you have a large amount of weight to lose, you do feel hopeless. You feel, why tackle it? I'll never make it. Those are some of the things I used to say to myself."

But she decided to make a change six and a half years ago, and lost 110 pounds in 18 months. She said the key to success for her was taking it slowly.

"Take it one step at a time. Just try to lose five pounds. Then start on your next five pounds. That's what I did, and when I turned around, I saw all those five pounds added up to something very significant over time."

She also attributes her success to Weight Watchers, a weight loss program she still relies on today. And exercise helps her keep it off. Profitt said following an exercise program is the hardest habit to get into, and the easiest to break, but it's important to make the time for it.

 "It's so easy to say, ‘I don't have time. I can't fit it in to my schedule.' And I hear that a lot. But for me personally, I get up at four in the morning. I have to be at work at seven, so I go to the gym before work and do what I have to do to fit it in somewhere."

Christy credits her weight loss with helping her conceive again. After she started losing weight, she got pregnant with her youngest son, now seven. Her older children were 12 and 14. Thanks to her weight loss, she said she's a more active Mom at 40 than she was when she was 25.

Christy hopes her story will encourage others to see that with willpower and determination, it is possible to lose weight and keep it off.

"The first thing is to say to yourself that you are worth the effort, fight for yourself, because no one else will."

And she said for it to be successful, it needs to be a lifestyle change.

"The success rate of keeping weight off is not very high and I think the key to that is not to look at it as something you're going to start and stop. It's not a diet. It's not something you're going to get to a finish line. I think you have to look at it like. ‘This is the rest of my life.' This is a total change to a healthier lifestyle."

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