Kathleen Carlson’s weight loss led to new adventures in her life

LANCASTER — Kathleen Carlson calls herself an adventurous person. Her plans to go skydiving this month on her 38th birthday no doubt prove that point.

But she took on the adventure of a lifetime about five years ago when she decided to lose weight and started taking classes at the Robert K. Fox Family YMCA. She now teaches classes at the Y, along with her full-time job as a case manager for children with disabilities at the Fairfield County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

Carlson said she has lost about 150 pounds now.

“I grew up my entire life struggling with my weight, my health and issues with food,” Carlson said. “In my 20s as I continued to gain weight my health problems became more evident. I worked with doctors to try to manage my issues, but a recurring theme was the need to lose weight. I decided it was time to make a change. I started slow, monitoring my food intake, and just walking around my neighborhood.”

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