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Weight Loss Success: Fitness Instructor Transformed By Weight Loss

Posted May 14, 2003 9:47 a.m. EDT

— For some people who lose weight, the transformation is both mental and physical. That is the case for a Raleigh woman who lost 100 pounds without dieting and has kept the weight off for 10 years.

Building muscle, strength and self-esteem are a big part of Suzanne Brown's daily life as a fitness trainer.

Ten years ago, Brown had to learn the lessons herself. She was in her 20s and 100 pounds overweight.

"I wasn't happy with who I'd become and I couldn't imagine what I'd be like in 10 years," she said.

"You start with baby steps. I remember I couldn't even walk around Shelley Lake. There was this hill -- a baby hill," she said.

Brown did not diet -- she said she just cut back.

"I don't believe in diets, I believe in balance. As soon as you realize the little things you can do, it gets easier," she said.

After Brown lost weight, she threw away photos of herself. Once a size 22, she is now a size four.

The dramatic makeover was life-changing. Brown switched careers and became a fitness instructor. She said her success inspired her to help others achieve their goals.

At times, Brown admits her motivation slips.

"Sometimes I don't want to run. Sometimes I don't want to race. Sometimes I don't want to teach, but my life is worth a lot more now, so I'm still going to do it,"she said.

Brown said she sets new goals for herself -- like the possibility of running a marathon -- to help her stay on track.