Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Women Lose Weight, Thanks to a Determined Trainer

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Women Lose Weight, Thanks to a Determined Trainer

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Byline: Rhonda Reese

Since Patty Harper and Pat Kuehn have been sharing the expertise of Mick Rose, amazing things have happened.

Since April, the ladies have rendezvoused with Rose at 5 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Williams YMCA in Mandarin.

When Rose, a certified, hard-pushing trainer, finishes putting this dedicated duo through a sweat-producing series of nonstop paces, the two 40-something moms are wet-haired and red-faced.

They are also thrilled to be seeing a difference in most every aspect of their lives. Since Rose has been training them, Harper has lost 32 pounds and dropped from a size 16 to a 10. Kuehn has sweated off 29 pounds and dropped three dress sizes.

"It's not just the pounds," Kuehn explained. "It's inches too. That's where a person can really see a difference."

Harper explained that every few months she and Kuehn have measurements taken of their arms, calves, waist, chest, stomach, thighs and hips. Every month they've seen those numbers decrease. What hasn't decreased are compliments from family, friends and co-workers.

"I had a lady stop me at work last week to say she hardly recognized me," Kuehn said. "She told me I looked skinny. Boy, did I smile."

Harper does a lot of smiling, too. In addition to accepting unsolicited compliments, this mother of three young adults is excited about what she's accomplished.

"I've always had weight struggles," she said. "I've tried exercising before, but I didn't really know what to do."

Harper said her husband was the one who suggested she get a trainer. Both she and Kuehn, who said she never exercised before last year, feel like having a trainer has made all the difference.

"Mick doesn't let us rest the entire hour," Harper said. "He sets up three stations at a time so both of us are always moving."

"We sometimes refer to him as the drill sergeant," Kuehn added. "He just smiles and tells us to get back to work."

Kuehn and Harper began sharing a trainer after they'd both completed the Y's "Biggest Loser" (now called "Commit to be Fit") program. Both ladies said they've felt no jealousy over each other's success.

"This hasn't been competitive at all," Kuehn said. …

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