Morbidly obese woman loses 90 pounds, starts fitness initiative


Helen Costa-Giles, from San Antonio, Texas, was able to shed 90-pounds after a medical examination left her fearful for her future.

Helen weighed 220-pounds when she was classified as morbidly obese. The extra weight on her  5′-2″ frame had her headed for chronic disease. She reports that she was living an unhealthy lifestyle, gorging on snacks and maintaining a shocking 3,000-a-day calorie diet.

“I would eat at fast food drive thru everyday,” Helen said. “I was miserable, burned out, tired, exhausted. I would come home and be unable to play with my boys.”

Her weight caused embarrassment, as the 38-year old mother reports strangers would inquire if she was pregnant. The health test was the tipping point, however, because Helen knew her weight issues were impacting her life, and she didn’t want to “leave” her boys.

Helen and her husband Gary, who had both gained weight while snacking at home and going on “date nights,” removed the junk food from their home and “ate clean” for 30 days.

When she dropped down to 175-pounds, Helen joined a gym and started weight lifting, eventually reaching 130-pounds. After that, Helen’s health goals took on a life of their own. She started weight training, a boot camp and began an online fitness program.

Helen and Gary have established a new lifestyle. Helen reports that their relationship is better, and they trade shifts at the gym.

Her fitness initiative, NME Rise N Grind, is designed to help others get and stay healthy. “I hope to make it a global movement,” Helen said.

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