Success Story: Sheila Turn

Find out how a trip to an amusement park pushed this woman to drop 170 pounds.

Name: Sheila Turn
Age: 61
Former RealAge: 69
Current RealAge: 53.5
Start weight: 300+
Current weight: 130

What was really killing me: The combination of a sedentary job and an inactive thyroid caused me to gain 100 pounds in 1 year. I had high blood pressure, was borderline diabetic, and even had trouble tying my shoes. I hated myself and was tired all the time. (Check out these sneaky signs of prediabetes.)

My wake-up call: Being at an amusement park and barely being able to get buckled into a ride. I was mortified.

What I changed:

How my life has changed: I was asked to be in a fashion show at the Lancaster Mall, and it was fun. Six years ago, at 300 pounds, no one would have asked me to do this.

How RealAge helped me: By keeping me on the healthy track. The RealAge tips have helped me modify my diet and exercise habits, which has been the key to maintaining my weight loss. I read them every day on my lunch break. (Overcome seven common weight loss obstacles for women.)

What keeps me motivated and on track: I went back to the amusement park to take a spin on the ride in which I could barely fit before I lost the weight. There was half a foot between me and the bar. It was one of the happiest moments of my life. Now, I'm determined to maintain my weight because I love my new lifestyle.

What I really love about the new me: Having the energy to run and play with my three grandsons. And at 61, I feel so fortunate to be able to do that.

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Medically reviewed in January 2020.

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