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THANK YOU for helping me raise money for my skin removal surgery!

The first time I walked into Burn Boot Camp, I was embarrassed of myself because I was again the largest person in the room.  I almost turned around and walked out.  Luckily, Devan caught me before I could leave.  My weight has been a constant struggle my entire life.  I could never seem to get healthy eating and exercising in sync.  By the time I came to BBC, I had pretty much given up on me and was to the point of thinking maybe I was meant to be overweight.  It was not like I had not tried over and over again.  But, I was tired of failing at every turn.  When Devan approached me about doing a transformation program with him, I was skeptical.  I did not believe what he told me.  And, I did not believe in myself.  He promised me that I could lose at least 100 pounds, never be hungry, be stronger than I have ever been and learn how to eat correctly…..all within 12 months.  It seemed impossible.  I agreed to the program, thinking to myself if I could just lose 60 pounds I would be satisfied with it.  I was tired of being the heaviest person in the room, tired of being out of shape and exhausted, and simply tired of hating myself.  I did not believe that I had it in me to come as far as I have.  I am grateful to Devan for believing in me when I did not believe in myself.  Saying yes was the best decision I have ever made.  I lost 60 pounds within the first 12 weeks!  A total of 174 pounds gone in 12 months is unbelievable, and I still get a little shocked when I look in the mirror.  I mean, who knew that I actually had collarbones!  The physical changes are enormous.  I am much more active now.  Simply moving about is easier.  I do not get out of breath every time I move.  I can take 5 flights of stairs up to my floor at work without stopping to breathe or rest.  The first time I sat in an airplane seat and didn’t crowd the person beside me and was able to lock the seatbelt without having a belt extension, I almost cried like a baby.  For the first time ever, I have been able to wear size 14 pants.  When you start at size 32 (sometimes larger), a size 14 is really exciting!  I actually enjoy shopping now.  I am no longer embarrassed of me.  I do not avoid the mirror anymore.  I am much more confident.  And, I like me again!  I am very proud of myself for all that I have accomplished.  I feel like I can do just about anything now.  BBC is not easy, and I still go home with muscles aching but it is worth every bit of the pain.  I have decided that I am worth the time and energy it takes to get up at 4:30 every morning and come to BBC.

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