Divorced mom of 2 faces her fears to commit to be fit

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HEATH, Ohio -- It’s taken her five years, but Angie Biegler is down 200 pounds.

The divorced mom of two is now a General Manager at Workout Anytime.

After learning the importance of putting herself first, she now helps to inspire other people as they embark on their own fitness and weight loss journeys.

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"As soon as I figured out that, oh my gosh, I am fat and, oh my gosh, I am overweight. Then, it kinda sunk in," Biegler said.

That's when she decided that enough was enough and started making moves to change her life.

"I don't want to be the fat mom on the sidelines,” Biegler said. “So, I was like, it's time to get it together and be happy and healthy and that's what I did."

She started putting herself first. She was used to taking care of everyone and everything else. And as a result, her own health and well-being was often neglected. She calls it her biggest mistake.

"When you don't take care of you, then, it all just falls apart, so," Biegler said. “The first year, I lost 100 pounds because I could focus on me and my kids. So, it was out running or walking every day. Then, when I wasn't walking, I was in the gym. And switched our diet."

She started slow.

"Like, the first year, 100 pounds came off fast,” Biegler said. “I was like, wow, this isn't bad at all."

Eventually building up her strength, her confidence and her workout.

"You can lose as much as you want, you just have to get your mind into it. And if you're not ready to do it, then you won't. You can diet, you can take medicine, but it won't work,” Biegler said. “But when you're ready, you're ready.”

After putting in all that hard work, she’s also putting her fears behind her.

"We went to the beach this year and I was terrified to buy a swimsuit. And then I picked out my swimsuit and the lady said, 'that's way too big' and I'm like, no, I don't think so,” Biegler said. “And I took it in and it just fell off."

Angie says if she can do it, you can too. Her advice?

"Try your clothes on. I tell everybody in here, I’m like, don't get on the scale, I hate the scale,” Biegler said. “Buy a pair of pants a size too small and try it on because when you work out, you build muscle. You don't always lose weight, you build."