SHELTON, Conn. (WTNH) — A year ago, 37-year-old misty sanders was just a shadow of who she is today.
“I was miserable,” Sanders recalled. “I would hide it with laughs and act like I was confident but inside I really wasn’t.”
Sanders’ weight had reached an all-time high.
“I wouldn’t get on the scale. The heaviest I actually stepped on a scale I was around 230 – 235,” Sanders said. “I would start to work out. I would then on the weekends make bad choices. I was the type of person I would starve myself and then binge eat starve myself and then binge eat and it was just a vicious cycle.”
Her weight was beginning to affect her health.
“My blood pressure was starting to get a little bit higher,” Sanders explained. I didn’t want to go down the path of where I was starting to have health problems. I just wanted to turn my life around and make things better.”
So she did just that. Since last year Sanders has done a complete 180, thanks in part to The Edge Fitness Clubs Weight Loss Challenge — a 60 day, team based program that involves bi-weekly weigh ins, group workouts, nutritional seminars and more.
“I just knew for me I work better with a deadline and I have a competitive edge to me so I just was just really motivated to do something like this,” Sanders said. “I went all in and there’s been no stopping me since.”
Once misty started, she never slowed down. She completed three challenges in a row. In seven months, misty lost a total of 80 pounds and seven dress sizes.
“Almost half of my body weight was body fat when I started,” Sanders said. “I was at 47 percent. I’ve dropped over 20 percent body fat. When they say results are addicting, they’re not lying. Results are very addicting.”
A big part of Sanders’ success were her teammates. When not at the gym, they stayed connected through Facebook.
“We would post in there, vent any of our frustrations, help each other overcome the different challenges,” Sanders said. “We were all struggling with the same thing so it’s good to know you’re not alone in this and we were all seeing results so it’s great to see it for yourself but to see people you care about getting results too that was awesome.”
Sanders’ most recent bloodwork was flawless. She just became a certified personal trainer and her next goal is to compete as a body builder.
“It’s crazy …. almost 40 [and] I feel better than I did in my 20s,” Sanders said. “I never thought that would happen. It’s not just about physical appearances. I feel good on the inside. It’s changed my life. I know it sounds so cliché but that’s what it is. I feel like a different person.”
In Sanders’ third and most recent challenge, she placed first at her gym, taking home $500. For more information about The Edge Fitness Club Challenge, log on to http://theedgefitnessclubs.com.