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Cortland woman shares her weight-loss success

Many have tried unsuccessfully, but a Cortland woman is one person who has been able to lose a dramatic amount of weight – and keep it off.
Cortland (WSYR-TV) – Many have tried unsuccessfully, but a Cortland woman is one person who has been able to lose a dramatic amount of weight – and keep it off.

Jo Tobias says exercise has been a key to her success in keeping weight off.

She wasn’t always a regular at the gym, but now she’s there routinely.

A few years ago, Jo met Cory Russell – who was about to start a senior project that matched SUNY Cortland students with people looking for personal trainer – and the pair hit it off.

The result: Tobias lost more than 100 pounds.

“I found something that I really enjoy and it makes me feel good. He makes me want to try and better myself every time I do a workout,” Tobias said.

The project ended after three months – but the workouts didn’t. Tobias hired Russell and the two continued what they started.

“She not only seemed that she wanted to change and make that lifestyle change, but she was ready to do it at the same time. I kind of just got very comfortable with that relationship right off the bat,” Russell said.

But it took close to a year before Jo says she saw the physical changes and felt her confidence increase.

"I recognize her, but I can't relate to her anymore because it’s a completely different person. I eat completely different, my physical fitness life is completely different, everything is just different so when I look back it's almost like looking at somebody else compared to who I am now,” Tobias said.

“Seeing people reach new plateaus, that's the reward I get. Seeing them see the changes in themselves and reaching the goals they want to weight loss, strength, whatever it is,” Russell said.

But when Cory trains Jo, there’s a little bit more to his passion than just that.

“Even when I was younger too I had problems with weight and I completely transformed that around so it was an empowering feeling for myself, so I saw myself go through it and I could see myself doing it for other people,” Russell said.

It’s a powerful relationship that continues to have them looking forward, knowing where they’ve come from.

“It’s not me anymore. I don't want to do that to myself, my body, mentally, physically. I don't want to ever go back there,” Tobias said.

Jo herself has gone to school and become a certified personal trainer.

She hopes to begin helping others within the year.

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