Woman Visiting Family After Extreme Weight Loss

Thanksgiving is usually a day to spend time with family. But one Lexington woman, hasn't seen her family in California in three years because she was ashamed of the way she looked. Leanne Banales says she was embarrassed because she was overweight.

Just months ago, Leanne decided to change her life. She joined a gym, CrossFit, here in Lexington. In three months, she lost 60 pounds. Because of that, Leanne is in California this Thanksgiving, seeing her family for the first time in years.

Leanne says she's only at her midway point. She wants to lose 150 pounds.

CrossFit Lexington is looking for their next change of life participant. They are taking applicants on their website, http://www.crossfitlexky.com , or at their new location on Bryant Road in Lexington.


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  • by Tina Location: ky on Dec 9, 2008 at 02:53 AM
    Leanne, I am so proud of you. 1st for admitting you needed help. 2nd for doing it the natural way. 3rd For taking a stand for what you wonted in your life..You go girl..KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK..NO MATTER WHAT IT TAKES...MAY GOD BLESS YOU...
  • by Tia TuTu Location: Ca on Dec 7, 2008 at 11:05 AM
    Way to go SELENA!!!!!!!!!!! Keep up the hard work and dedication!!!
  • by john Location: ky on Dec 7, 2008 at 05:15 AM
    congratulactions to mindy and leanne it don't matter if you lost it in a gym or just a diet.it is hard to lose weight.
  • by mary Location: london ky on Dec 6, 2008 at 07:10 PM
    I THINK YOU LOOK REALLY GREAT KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK
  • by john Location: ky on Dec 6, 2008 at 12:11 PM
    congratulations to leanne and mindy.sorry but it did sound like a advertisement,but it don't matter they both lost weight.
  • by Ray Location: Maryland on Dec 6, 2008 at 06:23 AM
    What a great story. I have lost 47lbs in six months. It's a great day when we overcome negativity and strive for something more that others expect from us! Keep it up and you'll have you own W.O.D.!
  • by Rob Location: Maryland on Dec 6, 2008 at 06:17 AM
    Leanne, way to go and reach your life goals. My mother is larger and I have seen the same feelings you have had in her eyes. Stay in it to win it, remember a rough day is just a day to work hard in the pitt, 3 2 1 GO!!!
  • by r.lee Location: Seattle on Dec 5, 2008 at 10:40 PM
    Such is the power of dedication combined with Crossfit. The heartiest of congratulations to Leanne for working so strongly toward her goal, and best wishes as she achieves it.
  • by Anonymous Location: California on Dec 5, 2008 at 02:29 PM
    LeAnne I am very proud of you.I know you must have worked really hard. After the many times I have tried to lose weight,you have inspired me to try again.I guess us Banales girls were not just born BIG!!!! Mom would be so proud of you. Yet sad because she would lose a eating partner LOL!!! You know she loved to eat. Well just wanted to say CONGRATS!! and that I LOVE YOU keep up the good work! Your "BIG" Lil Sis
  • by April on Dec 4, 2008 at 07:24 PM
    First I want to say, Leanne you have been a true inspiration! I am so increditably proud of you! Mindy, I feel so sorry for you and how lonely you must be. You should come and work out with us there. I workout with Leanne. I am sure since you have lost weight on your own that you could use to workout to tone-up. We will not judge you! This must also be the 1st time you have ever watched the news on Thanksgiving. Every year they ALL have inspirational stories. Come and work out with us and we can show you how special Leanne is and what a change it has made in her life. YOU too will make that positive change and maybe could be on the news. If it takes advertising for people to have the change of life that Leanne has made then ADVERTISE AWAY. Leanne, you go ggguuuurrrllll!!!!!!
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