Magazine article Ebony

Losing 100 Pounds the Old-Fashioned Way

Magazine article Ebony

Losing 100 Pounds the Old-Fashioned Way

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BY all conventional wisdom, Barbara Wiggins' weight loss regimen was extremely unconventional. Tipping the scales at 235 pounds, the 33-year-old wife and mother of two shed her excess pounds the old-fashioned way--through hard work and patience. Losing weight without the benefit of an '80s-style diet center made her task all the more difficult, but she was determined. So with the help of family and friends, she embarked on a daily exercise routine and a self-styled diet, and in two years lost 100 pounds.

"I always wanted to be thin," says Mrs. Wiggins, a military supply clerk stationed in Pirmansens, West Germany, with her husband, Claude Wiggins III, who is in the U.S. Army. "I tried diet after diet, but I was never successful. Once I saw positive results, I'd start eating again, and I'd be right back where I started."

But this time Mrs. Wiggins did not fail. During the winter of 1987, she began her weight-loss journey. The process was "agonizingly slow," but the result was well worth the pain. First, she attended a military-sponsored aerobics class with a neighbor two or three nights a week. As her endurance increased and her body began to tone and firm, she was able to work out five nights. And she did so diligently.

"Going to aerobics was like a drug or a ritual," she says. "After a while, I just had to go. Just thinking about not going to class made me feel guilty."

As the pounds gradually melted away, the more weight Mrs. …

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