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TRACEY KELEMEN

   

Tracey Kelemen

 

About two years ago, Tracey woke up one morning and decided to turn her life around. As a single mother of four children working two 70-hour-week desk jobs, she wasn’t left with much time to worry about herself. At 5”1 and 305lbs., she was experiencing issues not only with obesity, but depression, diabetes, sleep apnea, and high blood pressure. Her knee problems had her scheduled to see an orthopedic surgeon as she was walking with a walker at the age of 48.

Many people don’t realize how hard it can be to form a new set life habits. Tracey wasn’t just changing her diet, but her exercise habits and overall happiness. Not only did she use an app to track her caloric intake, “I started walking on the treadmill for ten minutes at a time at 2 miles per hour because that was all that I could do.” As her knees started hurting less and her surgery was decidedly postponed, she gradually increased her time on the treadmill, eventually started walking to work, taking stairs instead of the elevator, going for walks with her son and to the gym with her daughter. “I reached my goal weight of 123 pounds on September 13, 2013. I had been logging my food and exercise every day for 610 days in a row and had lost 182 pounds in total!”