- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 25, 2014

COLUMBUS, Neb. (AP) - Two Nebraska sisters have been supporting each other as they dieted and exercised their way to a combined weight loss of 270 pounds.

Kathy Ladehoff, of Columbus, is overjoyed by her loss of 160 pounds over the past year. She told the Columbus Telegram (https://bit.ly/1dKxLtW ) that’s she finally living, “not just existing.”

Ladehoff’s sister, Wendy Konz, of Genoa, weighed 335 pounds at one point. The 44-year-old has lost 110 pounds and dropped from a size 26 down to size 16.

Ladehoff has reached size 12, down from size 28.

Their mutual goal is to reach 150 pounds each.

Ladehoff said she that over a four-year period, she hardly left her bedroom because of her weight, which topped out at 399 pounds.

“I was so obese and unhealthy, I was waiting to die,” she said.

Her three children pushed her to lose weight, Ladehoff said, but it wasn’t until her mother’s death in December 2012 that she began her dedicated effort to get healthy.

Ladehoff was joined on her journey to better health by her sister, who also was obese. Konz weighed 335 pounds and was thinking of quitting her job as a mail carrier: She could barely get in and out of her mail truck, and her weight was putting too much stress on her joints.

They said they tried several times to lose weight, but they would regain what they lost. Doctors had suggested gastric bypass surgery, but the sisters chose to exercise, change their diets and eating habits and use weight loss products.

Their regimens were tough at first, but as the weight came off, exercise became easier. Konz recently walked a half marathon, and Ladehoff now can walk 4 miles in an hour.


Information from: Columbus Telegram, https://www.columbustelegram.com

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