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Ashley Cude (r), says she lost 80 pounds with the workout routine Zumba. Ashley Cude (r), says she lost 80 pounds with the workout routine Zumba.
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ATLANTA -

It's the perpetual goal of women everywhere to lose a few pounds. But one local woman lost more than a few and she did it with a trendy workout routine.

It's easy to put the weight on. And as life happens, you get married, have children and grow older, It gets harder and harder to take it off. But one woman found a way -- she danced it off.

It's Zumba time for Ashley Cude. And she's keeping up with the rest of the class, but she says it wasn't always that way. She still remembers her first day.

"I couldn't hardly breathe. I barely made it through half of the class," said Cude.

Cude had a little trouble at first because of what she used to look like. At one time, Cude. weighed 228 pounds. She says she gained it like many women do.

"Put on a ton of weight after having kids and just went through a divorce. And after that, one day I just, I was like, I'm just tired of it. I'm just tired of it," said Cude.

Along with multiple health problems including diabetes and high blood pressure, depression started to settle in.

"My best friend, she looked at me one day and was like I feel like you're this little light, in the corner that's burning out, dying. You're just not you anymore," said Cude

But that was all before Zumba. It's a relatively new workout craze that can burn up to 900 calories in just one session.

"It's music, mostly Latin. It's a one hour workout dancing, non-stop dancing," said instructor Andres Nunez.

"You're doing so much cardio and moving every part of your body. And you're having so much fun you just keep going. You don't want to stop," said Cude.

And she hasn't stopped. So far, Cude has lost nearly 80 pounds.

"I feel like a different person. I feel like half of me is gone," said Cude.

Cude says she owes it all to the instructors at Street Studio who made her feel comfortable in the first place. She says changing her eating habits was also key, and if she can do it, she says so can you.

"I think the biggest thing for anybody watching is get up, get started. You have to make that first step," said Cude.

Cude says she not done. She still wants to loose 15 to 20 more pounds. Street Studio trainers say Zumba is one of their most popular classes but there are others that will take the weight off.

For more information on classes offered at Street Studio, visit their site at http://streetdancestudio.org/atlanta-dance/

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