EAGAN, Minn. (WCCO) — A woman from Eagan is $10,000 richer after she changed her life for the better.

Christine “CC” Hodges started her weight loss in February 2012 and then kicked it up a notch for the Lifetime Fitness’ National 90-Day Transformation Challenge.

She not only slimmed down by 117 pounds, but has now gained $10,000. She was announced as the winner on Wednesday morning.

Hodges was 239 pounds before embarking on her weight loss journey. While she’d thought about losing weight in the past, this time it was different.

“I remember being that woman,” Hodges said. “I remember when I would close my eyes when I was that woman and I’d open my eyes and I’d look in the mirror and I couldn’t believe what I saw. And I’m not that woman anymore.”

Shortly after joining Lifetime in late February, Hodges enrolled in group training courses nervous at first, but quickly found her place. Hodges knew everyone at the gym and she says she wouldn’t be the one to let them down.

“The first 20 pounds that I lost, I started to, you know, walk a little bit prouder,” Hodges said.

After 90 days, Hodges went from 36 percent body fat to 14.8 percent body fat. She says the biggest factors contributing toward her weight loss: weight lifting and diet change, which included high protein meals six times a day, low carbs and cutting sugar.

If you’d like to follow Hodges’ progress, follow her on Facebook.

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