Charlene Buckner wakes up at 4:30 a.m. to go to work at Lil Dizzy’s Cafe from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. She sensed “something was going on” with her body but “didn’t connect weight with fatigue.”

But over the past three years, Buckner has lost 130 pounds, first by changing her eating habits and then pledging to walk 30 minutes a day as a member of GirlTrek.

When she first began exercising, Buckner was unable to scale the incline of the Lower 9th Ward levee. “Now, I run up and down,” she said.

Read more at The New Orleans Advocate:  GirlTrek Makes Strides Towards Health, Involvement