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Kerry Overfelt, trainer and owner of Darkside Athletics, instructs Michelle Gabbard with glute exercises during a training session at the gym.

About three and a half years ago, topping out near 400 pounds, Michelle Gabbard, of Cox’s Creek, began her journey to health and fitness with an improved diet and exercise.

Her struggle with weight didn’t begin until her late 20s.

“We had a garden every year growing up and there was always an abundance of healthy fruits and vegetables, so I ate well,” Gabbard said.

However, after continuously putting on the pounds, her mother encouraged her to get a physical.

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