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Strive To Thrive: Fitness Coach Wendy Ida Takes The First Step Out Of An Abusive Marriage (VIDEO)

At age 43, Wendy Ida was 80 pounds overweight; by age 56 she was taking home the top prize in a body building competition. For Wendy and the three other experts featured in "Strive To Thrive," an original video series produced by Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker, the difference between accepting the status quo and being transformed hinges on one thing: taking the first step.

Here's how Wendy did it, embarking on a harrowing journey toward self-acceptance and physical well-being. Check back next week to hear more of Wendy's story and to find out where she is now.