Rosalind Canty, 51, of Jonesboro lost 31 pounds

Success Story

Rosalind Canty, 51. From 186 pounds to 155 pounds

Former weight: 186 pounds

Current weight: 155 pounds

Pounds lost: 31 pounds

Height: 5 feet, 7 inches

Age: 51 years

How long she’s kept it off: She started in May 2014 and has kept it off for a year and a half.

Personal life: “I’m self-employed; I have my own cleaning service,” said Canty, who has been married for 11 years. She and her husband have five children. She lives in Jonesboro.

Turning point: “The reason I started my weight loss was one of my friends passed away. I was very depressed. I knew I needed to get my life right. I used to have a lot of stomach problems. I went to doctors for a whole two years. I went to all kinds of doctors. … When I went to Casi and started eating right, it stopped.” She went to Casi’s Straight Millitary Style Bootcamp ( “My husband motivated me to get up everyday to go to the class. He was really right there for me all the way.”

Diet plan: “I am still sticking to her plan. … I stay away from sugar and eat nothing sweet unless it’s a special occasion.” Breakfast is oatmeal or grits. Around 10 a.m. she has a baked sweet potato followed by a salad for lunch. Dinner is baked chicken or fish and a vegetable. “I used to have pains in my stomach like contractions. My husband used to rush me to the emergency room, and they couldn’t find anything wrong, I guess it was the way I was eating.”

Exercise routine: “I try to go running Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at the man-made beach down here. I run 3 miles. Casi’s boot camp, I go the whole week, Monday to Friday, at 5:30 a.m.”

Biggest challenge: “Getting up … at 5 o’clock in the morning is my challenge. I don’t want to go back to the bad eating. I did some of that over the holidays and I got so sick. [I know] I don’t want to go back to that.”

How life has changed: When she started boot camp, there was running: “I thought, I cannot do this, this is not for me — now I love to run,” she said. “I can wear clothes that I never could wear; when I walk, my thighs don’t rub together. I went back to the doctor for a checkup and even the nurse noticed I lost weight; they were so happy for me.” Her advice is do it for the right reasons: “You have to do it for yourself. You can’t do it because your friend did it — it’s got to be in you to do it.”

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