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Adriene O’Connor Success Story

Why did you join Shape Up RI?

I joined shape up RI because a friend needed another “team member”. I never thought I would lose 55 pounds in 8 months. I am amazed at what I did with my life.

What did you change in your daily routine to achieve success in Shape Up RI?

I started out walking 12,000 steps a day. I would get home from my night walk and look at my pedometer and if i did not make the 12,000, I would not come into my house until I did. I walked in the morning before work, then at lunch, and then again after dinner. It took me 3 times a day to walk about 4 miles. I walked in the rain, snow, sleet or hail. I did not miss a day at all during the months I was in Shape Up RI.

I started eating much healthier; more fruits and veggies, lean cuts of meat, and lots of fish. I also CUT hydrogenated oils from anything I ate. I went through my cupboards and threw everything out. Imagine to my surprise breadcrumbs were bad for me. I had to either make my own or buy all natural. I had the idea eating “fresh” and natural was more expensive, and maybe it was a little, but it is worth it. I am never hungry. I eat all day but good food like nuts, plain greek yogurt, fruit, natural peanut butter and red meat, (I can’t give up everything). Before I joined Shape Up RI, my doctor wanted to put me on high cholesterol meds, but now I do not need them! I decided to bump it up, so I began walking 4 miles before work, worked out an hour at the gym usually doing 2 miles on the treadmill, then 4 miles after dinner. That was 70 miles a week!!!

How do you plan to continue the healthy habits you have started?

I turned 50 last year and it felt great to hear people tell me how wonderful I look and how great I feel. My kids bought me a great road bike for my 50th birthday so that is part of my life. I need to mix things up, so I did get a friend of mine to walk with me every morning and she is happy for it.

I have personal training once a week at The Way HPI. I no longer walk ten miles a day, but I walk at least four, and I go to the gym every day, unless the skies are sunny and I go for a bike ride. I was a size 16 and now I can wear size 8!!!! Although to be honest not in everything, but Eddie Bauer, my favorite store, size 8, and no more XL tops, they are all medium.

3 Responses to “Adriene O’Connor Success Story”

  1. Marilyn Kelley

    I am starting a team at North Smithfield School. Paul is on our team and puts us to shame. We have a new gym right down the street from our house….he is there every morning… turn now!!!
    Best to John….you both look great. Paul just turned 60, still with the Scouts. My turn for 60 in May.
    Best of luck!

  2. christine

    What an inspiration you are Adriene! You do look fabulous and it is GREAT to be 50!! Keep it up and get your friend to start up again!!!

  3. Dawn Engelhardt

    Way to go! Never knew your story was out there till I came upon it today. You do look amazing! Adriene just awesome…….


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