Tanya BI had been large most of my life and used my fat as an excuse to bow out of life experiences because I felt terrible about myself. On Mother’s Day 2013, my son and I took a picture together and I couldn’t believe how big I was. That’s when my son gave me the best gift – he added me to his In-Shape membership. At first, I could only do the elliptical and walk in the pool. Then, I surprised myself by falling in love with Group Fitness classes. I loved my instructors and felt so inspired by their healthy lives. To this day, they continue to motivate me to keep coming to class. This year, I turned 47 and I’m proud to say that I’ve lost over 146 lbs. Every day I celebrate my life and the courage it took to get me here.