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Real Woman Fall 2013 : Page 44

in focus FITNESS L MORE OPTIONS When she began her journey last October, Hyde weighed 264 pounds. Less than four months later, Hyde was competing in triathlons, including the Great Six Flags Triathlon, which she entered with her 11-year-old daughter Olivia. ast August, Dr. Christine Hyde went on vacation to Vermont with her daughters, Juliette and Olivia, then 5 and 10. Olivia wanted to go ziplining, so Hyde agreed to take her. “We got to the front of the line, and the woman looked at me and said, ‘There’s a 250-pound weight limit.’ I was so ashamed, I couldn’t tell Olivia why we had to turn around.” Despite being an accomplished and highly educated sex therapist, Hyde’s life was fraying. At 42, weighing 264 pounds, she was going through a painful divorce and battling extremely high blood pressure, sleep apnea, acid reflux, and a disruptive and chronic cough most likely caused by her lungs being crushed by excessive weight. About a month after the Vermont vacation, Hyde called her ex-husband’s phone to speak to her girls during one of their visitation weekends with their dad. When the call went through, Juliette heard Willy Wonka lyrics ring through the house. “What do you get when you guzzle down sweets, eat-“As you start detoxing your body, your mind gets clearer and your energy level soars. You don’t realize how bad junk food and poor-quality food affect how you think.” ing as much as an elephant eats?” She answered the phone, the screen showing a picture of Jabba the Hutt. Not long after that, Hyde reached for a piece of bread during dinner one night, and Juliette stopped her. “She said, ‘Mama, please don’t. Papa says you’re going to die soon, and we’re going to have to live with him,’” Hyde recalls. “I suddenly got very scared and worried, and I realized I’m not living for myself anymore.” And so, after decades of being buried under layers of emotional calluses and pounds of fat, Hyde found within herself an incredibly valuable asset that helped her change her life. Hyde discovered her resolve. 44 r e a l woma n on l i ne . c om

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