For the past 30 years, I have always been considered obese. Last summer I went to the doctor for my annual checkup and my numbers were high enough that I realized I was killing myself. My weight had ballooned to 294 pounds, my blood pressure was high, my cholesterol was at 264 and I was pre-diabetic. I was so miserable and knew at 54 years of age I was headed to an early grave. It was then that I knew I had to make a drastic change. I was already taking Zumba classes twice a week, but I wasn’t eating healthy. I was introduced to a new weight lost program Shred: The Revolutionary Diet before the book was published. The program involves healthy eating 4 to 5 meals a day. I followed the program and I’m still following it to this day. Here, a year later, I’m 84 pounds lighter, from 294 to 210 pounds. My cholesterol went from 264 to 180, my blood pressure is normal and I am no longer pre-diabetic. I am in the best shape of my life. I would like to lose about 20 to 25 more pounds. Now, my regime is 4 to 5 small meals a day, Zumba class 3 times a week and resistance training twice a week. I try to include extra cardio everyday with a walking DVD. My before picture is from June 2012 and my present picture is June 2013, 84 pounds light from 294 to 210 pounds.