WHEN Cheryl Bohan first attempted the flight of stairs at Curves in February, she struggled to crawl her way up.
Back then, 45kg heavier than she is now, the 64-year-old thought she would have a heart attack when she reached the top.
Ms Bohan is now a shadow of her former self and is brimming with confidence thanks to her dramatic weight loss.
And this Christmas, she is looking forward to continuing her healthy lifestyle.
It wasn't an easy road for the Warwick woman, who said her transformation was thanks to her joining Curves, where she received the support she needed.
"The turning point though was two years ago, when I lived in Rivertree," she said.
"I was depressed and I didn't get around at all - I couldn't walk from the kitchen to the lounge chair and I was addicted to sugar. I had soft drinks, fruit juices, biscuits. It was unbelievable.
"I realised I had to change or I was facing a heart attack or diabetes."
Ms Bohan moved to Warwick to be closer to a hospital and started doing twice-daily walks.
"I've been doing heart moves, pilates, Zumba and not to mention the resistance training," she said.
"(Before the weight loss) I was very unhappy. Now I'm living life how I should be living it."
Ms Bohan said she urged anyone else who was in a similar situation to her, to consider joining a gym.
"I get frustrated because I was in the same boat as them - and it's never too late," she said.
"I wanted to share my story to tell them to pick up the phone and take the first step."
Curves co-owner Sue Ferguson said the change in Cheryl since she first joined was huge.
"At the time she didn't have any self-confidence and didn't even like to walk down the street," she said.
"Now she's joined the Leukaemia Foundation to raise money which is huge for her. We're just really proud of her."
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