Fremont mother's story of weight-loss success gets national attention

Union Leader Correspondent
January 04. 2018 8:45PM
Sara Cloutier made lifestyle changes after her weight climbed to 300-plus pounds. She lost 151 pounds and was featured in the latest edition of People magazine. (Photos: Courtesy (left); Todd Ward Studios (right))

FREMONT — Sara Cloutier hopes that her personal struggle with weight gain and the changes she made to transform her body — and her life — will inspire others.

The 36-year-old Fremont mother is now sharing her story with a national audience after she was featured in the latest issue of People magazine and made a guest appearance Thursday on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

“It has become my mission to share my story to help motivate others and given the opportunity to do it and such a huge platform, really is a dream come true,” said Cloutier, who has become a fitness instructor and runs the Rock Your Body fitness studio in Fremont.

The story of her 151-pound weight loss was included in People’s “Half Their Size” feature with before and after photos.

Cloutier said People contacted her in October after learning about her story online and asked if she would be interested in applying for the “Half Their Size” feature.

Cloutier’s body transformation began when she started making changes after the birth of her first daughter at age 22.

“My weight was out of control. At 300-plus pounds, I had no energy to do anything and it took so much effort to do the smallest things. I started to make very small changes in what I was eating and slowly became active. As I started feeling better and seeing results, the feeling became addictive and I started to love the challenge of becoming fitter and stronger,” she said.

It took her about four years to lose the weight.

In addition to her appearance on “Good Morning America,” Cloutier will also be featured on other national TV shows, including “Extra,” “Inside Edition,” “HLN TV” and “PeopleTV.”

Cloutier said she hopes others will feel inspired to start their own fitness journey and wants people to reach out to her for help or to take the first steps to feeling better.

“The message is that this is a journey. There is no finish line. Even when you reach your goal, it is time to set bigger goals. You have to stop saying you ‘can’t’ do it and start figuring out how you are going to make it happen, because you can,” she said.

Cloutier said no one gets it right the first time and that people have to find out what works for them.

“Hitting a wall doesn’t mean failure, it means it is time to switch things up. Find the best balance in the food you eat and pick an exercise routine you look forward to. You should never dread working out,” she said.

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