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Chandra Erskine celebrates her weight loss progress from 2013 to 2016. In two and one-half years, Erskine lost 110 pounds. (courtesy photo)

Chandra Erskine celebrates her weight loss progress from 2013 to 2016. In two and one-half years, Erskine lost 110 pounds. (courtesy photo)

Chandra Erskine shares a picture with Tech. Sgt. Toby Walton, former 314th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron member and Vital 90 instructor, July 31, 2016 at the Little Rock Air Force Base gym. In two and one-half years, Erskine lost110 pounds. (courtesy photo)

Chandra Erskine shares a picture with Tech. Sgt. Toby Walton, former 314th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron member and Vital 90 instructor, July 31, 2016 at the Little Rock Air Force Base gym. In two and one-half years, Erskine lost110 pounds. (courtesy photo)

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. --

What was the turning point that made you get serious about changing your health?

I changed when my health became a factor. I was informed I have prediabetes and was prescribed Metformin. Also being told I could not get on a ride with my daughter at the theme park because I was too big was a factor. To see the look in her eyes of disappointment, broke my heart. That was the turning point for me.

What programs/diets did you try before your current success?  

I have tried everything: Atkins diet, Slim fast, Watchwatchers, Phetermine, Hydroxcut, Xendrine, Green Smoothie Challenge and many more.

What’s the most important thing you’ve done from a fitness stand point?

I educated myself on health and wellness. I realized I had to do the work for me but also be accountable to others.

What is the most important fitness lesson you've learned in your journey?

I’ve learned discipline, dedication, and determination is key to accomplishing my goals.  You must make exercise and eating right a top priority.

Which battle is most important when tackling fitness, physical or mental?

The mental battle is the most important.

Do you have a favorite training method?

Vital 90 is my favorite because it combines fitness with a community of support.

What is your diet strategy?

I set weekly goals. I have a menu posted on my refrigerator to keep me focused. I hold myself accountable; you must have integrity for yourself before you have integrity for others. Be true to yourself every day.

What is the most significant thing you've changed about your diet?

I only drink water. I read labels now and watch my sugar intake. I limit my starch intake as well.

How has getting fit changed your life?

I am mentally and physically healthier. I have confidence that I can accomplish anything I put my mind to do. It’s changed my relationship with my husband as well it’s better both mentally and physically.

What advice do you have for others who are struggling with their fitness assessment and weight?

Never say can’t.  Get connected to a fitness group and be accountable. Stop starting something and giving up; stick with it. Your health is a journey, and it does not have an end date unless you are dead, so keep moving forward!

Erskine stays in touch with her Little Rock Vital 90 friends through the Whole 30 Facebook Group. I would like to personally thank Erskine for sharing her story with all of us. So if you’re contemplating making a change or hit a bump in the road with your current change, remember what she does. Find a support system that you can be accountable to. Make exercise and diet a priority and never stop moving forward!

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