Story of Daphene Baines

Daphene Baines – Some Highlights
From My Health Story

Daphene Baines running the 2015 Queen Bee half marathon in Cincinnati, Ohio

Daphene Baines running the 2015 Queen Bee half marathon in Cincinnati, Ohio

Hello, my name is Daphene Baines. I was born in 1966, and at this point, I believe that I am in decent shape. I am 5 feet 2 inch tall and weigh less than 150 pounds. I work on having a peaceful mindset, healthy eating, and getting enough exercise.

I am a runner, and I like to run 6 miles at least two days a week. Once a month, I like to do a long run. This is an 8 to 13 mile run on an early Saturday morning. I normally lift weights twice a week.

At my worse …
In 1989, I gave birth to my youngest daughter. When I went back to the doctor for my six week checkup, I weighed in at 289 lbs. (what a bummer). Like my husband (Robert), my greatest challenges at that time were poor eating and not enough exercising. I didn’t eat a lot of fried foods, but I loved my candy. If you are a GenXer you probably remember penny candy. Yes, there was a time when candy only cost one penny. I ate almost every kind of candy that stuck to your teeth. I also failed to eat vegetables and rarely drunk water. My breakfast consisted of a pack of “white powered” mini donuts and a 16 ounce bottle of orange juice.

Easter 1993 (size 20) Half Marathon 2015 (size 8)

What got my attention …
My husband said in his story that “I never looked terribly fat too myself.” That’s what I said about myself also. In fact, my husband did not give me any indication that I was so overweight (he is so lovable). In 1989, the doctor told me my pressure was out of control. I said, “Okay,” but did not do anything except take my medicine. My body was a mess.

Daphene Baines in 1989

Daphene Baines in 1989

I went back to school and discovered that I could hardly walk to my class from my car. That inspired me to get serious about my weight. Over the next few years, I went from a size 26 to a size 18/20. Still thought I was cute and I became comfortable with that weight. I became more conscious of my food selections when my oldest daughter gave up red meat at the age of 10 and Ricky Allen highlighted I ate too much candy. I lost more weight through my conscious food selections and exercising with step aerobics and dancing (Rose Alexander). I worked my way to a size 16 and stayed there for a few years.

My current attitude and actions …
Today, being healthy is very important to me. I believe that my body belongs to God, and I should respect it. I also have two beautiful daughters that admire me and are witnessing my transformation (I am still changing). I work with many clients as a personal trainer, fitness instructor, and health coach. They look to me for guidance.

The following are some of the key parts of my daily eating habits: I drink at least two and a half liters of water, try to eat at least five servings of vegetables, eat a combination of carbohydrate and protein about every three hours, and try to keep my carbs intake under 180 grams a day.

The following are some of the key parts of my weekly exercise routine: I run two and sometimes three days a week, power walk one hour a week, do a full-body resistance routine two days a week, two full-body stretch routines.

My loves, fears, and hates …
I would love to have good health and live to see my 80th birthday. I love being in positive relationships, enjoying my family, and being a companion to my wonderful husband.

I fear the people I love becoming sick due to unhealthy choices.

I hate the idea that people use artificial items to appear healthier (i.e., clothing items that make you appear a few sizes smaller), instead of doing the work to becoming healthier. I hate that all health insurances don’t pay for gym memberships.

As you can see, I am just an ordinary gal trying to live a healthy life. I replaced a life of a 289 pounds, size 26, and candy driven person with a 145 pound, size 8, and oatmeal eating person. Those that know me are probably clapping, because they know I have food texture issues – smile. I want to share my knowledge and experience with others, as I journey to get and stay in shape after 40.

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Great storym. Encouraging. Thanks for sharing this.