Weight Loss Success

Congrats to Erin Wuebbling on losing 120 lbs!

Many people make New Years’ Resolutions related to health and fitness, but not many succeed. Statistically, only 1 out of 10 people reach their New Years’ goals. Erin Wuebbling is one individual who reached her fitness goals over the last year. She lost 120 pounds by taking one small step at a time and seeking support of family and friends.

Erin’s fitness journey started after her father passed away in October 2015. He died of a sudden heart attack. He was 60 years old, and did not make health a priority throughout his life.

“I don’t want my kids to go through that,” Erin said. “I knew I needed to lose a lot of weight.”

Erin started by walking 10 to 15 minutes on her lunch breaks. She eventually walked at the YMCA 5 days a week, and began to increase her time and mileage. Eventually, she began to run on a treadmill at the Y, working her way up to 3 miles. She ran her first 5K at the Y’s Turkey Trot in 2016. After that, Erin and a friend decided to try to run a 5K every month. Each lunch break, she tried to run further in the same amount of time. By the fall of 2017, Erin was ready for her first half marathon. She ran the Whiskeydaddle Half Marathon, 13.1 miles, in Peoria this October.

Besides running, in the evenings Erin started taking a variety of fitness classes at the YMCA, from Insanity to STRONG to Kettlebells.

“Fitness class members would invite me to other classes and motivated me to keep coming,” she said.

Erin also knew she needed to make some changes to her diet. She cut down on her portions and stopped drinking soda. She sought the help of the Weight Watchers program to help her keep track of what and how much she was consuming.

The hardest part for Erin has been staying on track with her nutrition. “It’s hard when everyone else is eating good stuff, but you aren’t,” she said. “At work and family events, it was the most difficult.”

Erin learned to pick her battles, not trying to change everything at once. She also learned stay away from certain foods all together. The combination of exercise and changing her diet kept her losing weight, going from a size 22 to a size 10 over the past year.

For others who are trying to reach their fitness goals as the New Year begins, Erin said:

1. “Start small. Make little changes. You can’t do it all at once.”

2. “Find a good support system. Your husband, your mom, a friend. Anyone who will keep you accountable.”

Erin is enjoying the benefits of losing weight. She said she has more energy than before, which helps her throughout her day. She said she no longer feels winded when walking, and has more stamina for taking care of the children at the day care where she works. When she comes home to her own kids, she said she has more energy for them, too.

Erin is not done with her weight loss journey; she would like lose 10 to 15 more pounds. She is currently working to improve her mile time to run the half marathon next year in less than 2 hours, or less than 9 minute miles.

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