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Kim Fouché, 48, of Lithonia lost 164 pounds

SUCCESS STORY / Kim Fouché, 48: From 338 pounds to 174 pounds

Former weight: 338 pounds

Current weight: 174 pounds

Pounds lost: 164 pounds

Height: 5 feet 9 nine

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Age: 48 years

How long she’s kept it off: She started in January 2017 and reached her current weight this month.

Personal life: “I’m a mother of two boys, 18 and 20, and I work for a staffing firm,” Fouché said. “I live in Lithonia.”

Turning point: “I never worked out for 46 years,” Fouché said. “… I never moved, that was the reason for my weight gain.” In 2003, she had a gastric bypass. “Your body is wonderful, it adapts. … I started gaining weight again,” she said. “… What motivated me to go to Orangetheory Fitness, I was tired of being the same weight. I love wearing maxi dresses. I was tired of going to size 22, then to size 24 — I really didn’t want to go to size 26 the next year. I was tired of being uncomfortable in my skin, honestly. … It motivated me to do the free one-hour class. I wasn’t going to tell anyone I’ll just do it for a month. I really enjoyed it. … I was going down in sizes, I kept going down. Maybe this is real.” Last year, a mammogram discovered pre-cancer cells. Removal of nodules and radiation soon followed. “I worked out the entire time,” Fouché said. “… I was tired, I think it was mentally. … I’m addicted to the endorphins, It’s my new drug of choice, it’s not food.”

Diet plan: Breakfast is eggs, an avocado or oatmeal. She usually has chicken or salmon on a salad for lunch, and dinner is just protein. Often, she’ll have steamed shrimp. “The main thing is a gallon of water and 90 grams of protein per day,” she said.

Exercise routine: She works out five days per week. She also tracks steps on her Fitbit with a goal of 14,000 daily. “Any conventional gym is not for me. … I need to be told what to do,” Fouché said. “I don’t like the one on one with a trainer, it’s too much attention. When I saw that a coach is going to be with me and tell me what to do,” she knew that was the workout for her.

Biggest challenge: “It’s probably accepting that I have had dramatic results with weight loss,” Fouché said. “It is mentally accepting that I am smaller.”

How life has changed: “I have more energy. I sleep a lot more. I used to stay up all night and watch TV and be sluggish. I have more energy. I am getting more rest,” Fouché said. “My day starts around 5 a.m. I go to bed around 8:30 p.m. or 9 p.m. I used to sit around, watch movies and eat. … What has changed is my hobbies. My hobbies have changed to go get salads and go to the gym. Deliberate progress is slow, but you persevere until something happens. … Hard work pays off. Do it for you. … If your center is not full, you are not good for anyone, just do it for you — you’re worth it.”

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