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Dec. 29th, 2004 @ 06:22 pm Success Story (Karen)
When she signed up for the NATIONAL BODY CHALLENGE, Karen Staitman weighed in at 196 pounds. She owns two companies — a cookie company and a candy company — and had a hard time staying away from sweets. But all of that changed when she transformed her diet and reintroduced herself to exercise. The result? She lost 28.5 pounds and is going strong. Here's Karen's update:

Hello from Los Angeles! A lot has happened since I finished the "official" NATIONAL BODY CHALLENGE. I've got to tell you that my own personal "Body Challenge" is a constant struggle. Losing weight is a whole lot easier when you have to perform and you have incentive. After the lights, cameras and competitors are gone, all you have is you.

I still get up at 4:20 a.m. five days a week to work out. It's the only time I have in my day. Being a wife and mother to three children — 8 years old and under — and running two businesses doesn't allow much personal time for me. I work out not because I love it (although I like it better than I used to), but because I love to eat and I'm not about to give up the yummy stuff. Plus, I do not want to gain the weight back! I still love sugar, and owning a cookie and candy factory makes my life a bit challenging. I have not been perfect with my diet, but all in all, I'm doing pretty well. My new clothes still fit, which is always a good sign. And when they do get a bit snug, I adjust my diet and — voila! — I'm back down again.

I've been skating every Tuesday night since the end of the challenge and I'm even taking lessons. I hope to take my Gold Dance Tests soon (that's where I left off almost 12 years ago).

Life is fun, hectic and challenging. I've learned that everything in life can be a challenge, but it's up to me to turn challenges into opportunities. I still have about 25 to 30 more pounds to go, which I don't know if I will ever lose, but I'm really happy with where I am ... for now. I wear a size 10/12, down from an 18. Thank you NATIONAL BODY CHALLENGE for everything! You have been, and will continue to be, an integral part of my life for the rest of my life.
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