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Dormowa Sherman
"From Maryland tells her weight loss story of going from 253 to 140 pounds"

Dormowa Sherman Before Inspirational Image
Dormowa Sherman After Inspirational Image

I was a 19 year old college sophomore when I had my pre-quarter life crisis. Flipping through my roommate's pictures of prom, homecomings, and random outings, I realized that I had let my teenage years go by without really living them. At 5'4 and 253 lbs, I was at the morbidly obese marker. I was aware of my condition, but in a bit of denial about it. This awareness was not enough to spur me into action. On many occasions, my mother would urge me to lose weight for my health and on one memorable occasion, my father went to the extent of telling me that I would never fulfill my dream of acting "being as fat as I was." To shift the blame from myself, I accused them of being ashamed of me and insisted it was their fault for "allowing me to get this big." Still, I was not ready to change.

It was that day, after looking at those pictures that I snuck away to look into the mirror. The eyes were mine, but that body that housed my energetic spirit was someone else's entirely. It was the week of exams and days before the semester would adjourn for summer break. I declared in a dorm room full of my friends that "I'm going to lose 30 pounds this summer!" I am not one to speak convictions that I do not intend to fulfill. But there was something about saying it out loud that gave me a determination that I knew would not subside.

That summer, I borrowed $150 from my mother. I took that money to the Gold's Gym not too far from our home and bought a 3 month gym membership. I opted not to have a trainer; my only gym companions that summer were a treadmill, some resistance machines, and a few friendly free weights. I worked out six days a week, using Sunday as my official day of rest. Each day, I walked for an hour on the treadmill (I could not do more than a brisk walk) and alternated muscle groups for resistance training. I did not consult with any nutritionists; instead I switched to what I liked to call "the common sense diet." It was common sense to me that I could no longer eat the outrages meals that I used to eat with my three roommates. It was common sense to me that fruits, vegetables, and whole grains must be a staple of any healthy diet. And it was common sense to me that I could not consume more calories than what I was burning off.

I averaged a 10 pound weight loss every month of that summer. And I kid you not, when I went back to school, I was exactly 30 pounds lighter than the day I left! Now, the new dilemma was how to maintain and continue my new lifestyle amidst the bad influences that supported my poor food and fitness habits before. It wasn't easy and that semester, I gained back 10 pounds. I was so disappointed in myself, but that feeling of let down was what I needed to kick start me back into action. I recruited one of my roommates/good friend and we committed to waking up at 6 am each morning to hit the fitness facility in the recreation center of our complex. We urged each other on, while the pounds kept dropping off. Together, we developed healthy habits that will last a lifetime.

I only had that fitness buddy for a couple of semesters, but seeing the results that hard work can obtain, I became self motivated to proceed. I never gained another pound back and I am continuing to alter my body in ways I never imagined I could. I don't use a scale to measure my success anymore but my clothes, my health, and my burgeoning muscles tell me that I am still on the right track.


It's been almost six years since my initial weight loss declaration and I cannot get enough of working out! I exercise seven days a week; alternating between cycling, kickboxing, dancing and running. I have eliminated all meats other than seafood from my diet and I have made it a point to lead a lifestyle that promotes the good health of my mind, body and spirit. I feel and look better than I ever have and my amazing personality is still intact!

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