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Posted on: November 29, 2021

For Betty, fitness is ENERGIZING!

Betty with arms up, smiling, looking energized

For Betty, fitness is ENERGIZING! This is her story…

“My name is Betty, and thanks to fitness I have A LOT of energy – so much that my friends call me ‘The Energized Betty.’

I spent nearly half my life trying to lose weight and get in shape. At 50 years old I developed knee problems. Because I was overweight with a short stature, there was a lot of stress on my body. In 2008, I required a full right knee replacement. 

As the years went on, the weight continued to creep up, and I was eventually diagnosed with diabetes. By 2014, I weighed in at 265 pounds. With my many medical issues and a height of 5 feet 1.5 inches my doctor warned me that I was a “walking time bomb.” My condition deteriorated my left knee, which required a full replacement as well. 

After having both knees replaced, I no longer had an excuse to not exercise. My first step was losing weight under the care of a registered dietitian. For two years I kept a journal and wrote down the details of everything I ate, which was reviewed with my dietician bi-weekly. The weight started to drop. I learned to eat six small meals per day with controlled portions. I went from 265 pounds, down to 186 pounds. I felt lighter and ready to move! 

I joined fitness classes at Glen Pine Pavilion in Coquitlam. I tried several fitness classes and found that I enjoyed Zumba immensely! Because I enjoyed it so much, I gave my all each time I attended and finished class soaked. 

My instructors Eli and Carolina taught me how to use my feet correctly when doing Zumba to prevent injuries. They ensured I was squatting and lunging correctly, and was aware of my surroundings so I wouldn’t bump into others or fall. Eli and Carolina, I owe it to both of you for making me work so hard and helping me to become fit!

Fitness has become a fun way to do what I love (Zumba) and have more energy. I am now 68 years old, 132 pounds and fit as I will ever be.”

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