By Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa
The Arizona Daily Sun, Flagstaff.
It took Tammy Linares and Tad Moore two years to meet one of the most common New Year’s resolutions in the U.S.: lose weight.
Both Linares and Moore had been battling the bulge for a number of years. That all-too-common creep of a few extra pounds a year.
“I have two kids. I never lost the weight after the first kid or the second kid,” Linares said.
At her heaviest, Linares said she was about 175 pounds. She now weighs around 148 pounds.
“I was super overweight,” said Moore.
Moore was about 300 pounds. He now weighs around 125 pounds.
They both tried at various times to exercise more and eat better, but like most people, they would be doing well for a few weeks at a time and then fall off the wagon. The two Flagstaff residents reached their limit in 2013.
“I was really depressed. I was uncomfortable with the way my clothes were fitting. It’s an emotional thing for women,” Linares said. “It makes you not feel good about yourself.”
While both took a similar approach to losing the weight through more exercise, joining a gym and a better diet, they went about it in slightly different ways.
Linares started going to the Flagstaff Athletic Club and using the elliptical machines. Then she started taking spin classes, which are indoor cycling workouts. As she started to lose weight and become more comfortable with her shape, she added other exercise classes to her list.
“I took lots of different classes. I didn’t want my body to become too used to one form of exercise,” she said.
She also started running. At first it was just around the block, but then she started adding 15 minutes, 20 minutes and then 30 minutes to her runs. Now she can run around Buffalo Park easily.