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Reclaiming Her Freedom

John HartDonna Keith is on a mission to lose weight. To help reach her goal, she works out at South Yuba Club on Searls Avenue in Nevada City.
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Donna Keith, of North San Juan, will be fit by 40. Two years from now, on New Year’s Day 2004, Donna will have lost a significant amount of weight and recovered her youthful athleticism.

To reach her goal, Donna exercises 10 hours a week – weights, stretching, dancing, aerobics, walking on the treadmill – to build stamina and strength. She’s also changing her eating habits.

In her youth, Donna threw a discus, shot put, and javelin as well as played tennis and volleyball. Married right after high school, Donna’s unhappiness showed itself in a 125-pound weight gain. Once established, bad habits produced additional gains over the next decade, ultimately taking her to 340 pounds.

The decision to get fit was prompted, not by a medical emergency, but by introspective truth-telling. Donna’s desire to live an extraordinary life promoted a commitment to weight loss, fitness and wellness. As a life coach, massage therapist and county crisis worker, she wants to be at her personal best. The extra weight stands between her and being an even greater service to others.

Even though Donna has a strong body, she worries the extra weight will eventually take a toll on her joints. It also compromises her desired lifestyle – one filled with adventure, romance and athleticism. The cost of continuing to be overweight is higher than the cost of change.

Already 30 pounds lighter, Donna is confident more will come off. She’s in it for the long haul and determined to reclaim her body and the life she’s meant to lead.

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