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Fotini Vagena

This JYM Girl made steady progress and slowly but surely has changed her body and her health.

Fotini Vagena

Written by Fotini Vagena

I was an overweight child. I went on my first diet when I was 15. Until I turned 31, I struggled with the yo-yo effect. My weight went up and down. I tried so many diets. My skin and my emotions suffered; I felt helpless. I always loved the look of an athletic physique with muscles, but I needed time to convince my brain what my body was capable of. Now I'm 39 and fit and healthier than ever.

On my birthday in August 2008, I was so frustrated that none of my clothes fit. I promised myself that I would do something. I changed my eating habits and started exercising. My fitness was so bad that I couldn't even jog a mile, so at the beginning I started to walk, and day by day I lost weight. Then I started jogging. In 2011, I ran a half marathon. I finished in 2 hours, 11 minutes and I was really proud of myself.

But an alarm went off when I hit 105 pounds, down from 159 pounds at 5'3''. I didn't like the "skinny fat girl" I had become, so in 2010 I started going to the gym. I was fit but wasn't as strong as I am now.

My real transformation began in 2014...

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