Success Story: Trish Hanks

Success Story: Trish Hanks

Trish Hanks got a nice surprise when she turned 40: She found out she was pregnant.

But once she gave birth to her new baby girl, Hanks found having a baby at age 40 wasn’t the same as having one when she was 30.

“I had heard at 40 you have trouble losing weight anyway. Well, it’s true,” said Hanks, office manager for the Delta Fair and Music Festival.

At the beginning of 2011, Hanks, now 42, received an e-mail about fitness classes at her former church, Hope Presbyterian Church, called Body and Soul Fitcamp.

The name appealed to her, so she thought she’d give it a try.

“It sounded like something I wanted to do. The spirituality of it interested me, something to do with the soul, plus it was a group event,” she said.

Since January, Hanks has attended the 50-minute classes five days a week and has met with the results she was looking for.

“I’ve lost 25 pounds, and I have more energy to keep up with a 2-year-old,” she said.

At first, she attended the evening classes at 5:30, but she found it cut into her evening time at home and switched to the morning classes at 5:45.

“It’s cooler then too — about 1 degree,” she said.

The classes begin with a prayer; then the group warms up with some stretching and moves into aerobic and weightlifting exercises for about 40 minutes.

Hanks says she has stuck with the class for so long because her teacher and her classmates keep her accountable.

“If you miss, our instructor, Wilson (Stooksberry), calls you to check on you and make sure you’re OK. He’s such a great leader, and as a group we’ve all become such good friends,” she said.

Her new exercise regimen has also inspired her to watch what she eats, cutting out as many carbs as possible — mostly sugars, white flour and white rice — and including more fruits and vegetables in her diet.

“And I drink tons of water,” she said.

She hopes to eventually lose 20 more pounds, but knows it will not be an overnight event.

“It might take another six months, but that’s OK. I’m in it for the long haul,” she said.

Have you lost weight and kept it off, adopted better eating habits, started exercising or had success living a more healthful lifestyle? E-mail your story to .

Trish Hanks

Age: 42

Hometown: Bartlett

What she did: Hanks has lost 25 pounds since January through attending the Body and Soul Fitcamp at Hope Presbyterian Church five days a week.

Class info: Classes are Monday through Friday, 5:45 a.m. to 6:35 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 6:20 p.m. at Hope Presbyterian Church, 8500 Walnut Grove in Cordova, (210) 296-1590, , hopepres.com.

Advice: “Start small. Take baby steps. You want it now, but it’s about patience. And find someone to work out with or a group. I highly suggest our group.”

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