Local mom is voted fan favorite in weight loss competition

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Keely Shaw is oozing with self-confidence. So much so, that if she really tried, she believes, she could just take off and fly away.

The Westminster resident was recently voted the female fan favorite in Life Time Fitness’ 90-Day Weight Loss Competition after losing 54 pounds and 26 percent of her body weight. This was her second 90-day challenge. During her first challenge she lost 58 pounds.

“I am so confident, I feel like can fly if I try hard enough,” she said. “I can’t believe this is me.”

Shaw wasn’t always this full of life. Less than a year ago, the 32-year-old weighed 260 pounds and felt uncomfortable in her own skin. After the birth of her daughter, Shaw decided to turn her life around and joined Life Time Fitness in Westminster.

“When I had my daughter, I had to confront my life and the issues I had with my weight and being heavy all my life,” she said. “I struggled with self-esteem, and I didn’t want my daughter to have the same experience that I did.”

After winning the title, Shaw said she felt like her win was validation for the heavy girl she once was.

“I’m really different from that heavy girl I used to be, but it feels like I did for her,” she said. “I’ll always keep my gym ID card that I got when I first joined, when I was heavy, as a reminder of what I did, why I’m here and who I was. That motivates me.”

As a fan favorite, Shaw received a one-year Life Time Fitness membership and a $2,000 travel voucher toward a vacation of her choice.

She is currently training for her first half-marathon. She said the best part about losing the weight is gaining years back to her life.

“I feel like I’m the person I was when I was young,” she said. “I feel like I’ve taken 15 years off my life and I’m only 32. I’m comfortable in my body, and I can move.”