Co-workers pen book on weight loss journey

LINDENWOLD, N.J.; Dec. 30, 2013

Collectively the women have lost more than 200 pounds! And they are sharing the secrets to their success.

Natosha, Rayanne and Gina have been co-workers and friends for more than 20 years.

So when Rayanne started losing weight, Gina took notice.

"When I saw her, I was like what are you doing and why haven't you told me about it," said Gina.

At the same time, something was weighing on Natosha.

Natosha recalls, "It was very depressing to be at that weight and I decided no more."

Action News sat down with the three women - all over the age of forty, and all working mothers - at Giant Fitness in Lindenwold, New Jersey.

Over a year's time, together, Natosha has lost 65 pounds, Gina 70 and counting, and Rayanne 100 pounds!

"Sometimes I want to pinch myself because I am like I actually did it," Rayanne says.

Although the women are now hooked on fitness, they admit it in their new E-book, it wasn't always easy.

In 'Weight Broke the Wagon' the women share their stories on how emotional weight, lead to physical weight, and how they overcame those struggles.

"It was time to stop looking for food to comfort me and look at exercise because I feel so much better," Natosha notes.

And even if motivation ran low for one, the others were there to keep them going.

"I have my accountability partners saying come on, you got to go, I'll see you there at 11:30," Rayanne notes.

Rayanne says having friends on the same journey was the icing on the cake.

But they all agree you have to first want to do it for yourself, and Gina says you must have faith you will succeed.

"You must not only believe you can do it but also have to get out and move, got to get out to do something- you may not be ready for the gym but you are ready to stop drinking sodas for today," Gina says.

Gina's tip is to start small. So if you are eating two bags of chips everyday, cut it to one

And if you never exercise, start walking just a block at a time.

Of course, they all recommend trying to enlist friends or family to join you.

And they say when you slip, don't beat yourself up, just start again. Nobody is perfect.

Also, work to build self- esteem and confidence. Once you do that, the weight will follow.

"Weight Broke the Wagon" can be purchased on for $9.99.

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