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125 Pounds Lost: My turn

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Great success story! Read before and after fitness transformation stories from women and men who hit weight loss goals and got THAT BODY with training and meal prep. Find inspiration, motivation, and workout tips | 125 Pounds Lost: My turn

NAME : Melinda
BEFORE WEIGHT : 355
AFTER WEIGHT : 230
POUNDS LOST : 125

WHEN DID YOU START DEVELOPING A WEIGHT PROBLEM?
I always struggled with my weight. I felt I had control around 18 years of age. After having children and becoming a single mom of two babies, I ballooned over the next 20 years.

HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE?
I developed sleep apnea, causing me to have Afib. I was hospitalized 3 times with abnormal heart arrhythmia. I also had high blood pressure.

WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY?
It sounds corny, but I had a dream that I was dating Jon Seda as the character in the movie Selena. I watched it earlier that day. I woke up and had my “a ha” moment. This dream combined with my worry I might have a stroke and die, I decided it was time to not only lose weight, but to someday have a relationship again after not dating for 20 years. My kids were now grown, and it was time.

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
I talked my friend into joining Curves, and I taped every episode of Dr. Oz, watching his shows faithfully every night after working and working out. I put together my clean diet from all his ideas.

HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS?
The first 4 months I lost 50 pounds. The next 75 took about 2 more years. I still have another 60 to 75 to go.

WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART?
Eating healthy was expensive at first, but I started eating almost the same thing everyday, and it actually got to be affordable. I felt I was going through a sugar and preservative withdrawl. I knew it was like being an addict so I fought hard not to give in. Some nights I would go to bed early just so I wouldn’t cheat.

DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING?
I never did. In my mind there was no turning back.

DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
Absolutely. I think in 2014 I lost only 25 pounds. I still do often.

HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT?
50 in four months, then 75 in two years.

DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES?
I remember buying two $50 tops at a plus size clothing store, because it was the only tops that would fit me. They were 30 & 32s. Now I can even fit in some size 16 clothes. Also, I went from 5x to XL. I’m also off all my meds after my heart Dr told me my heart checkup went well. I haven’t had an Afib attack in about 2 years.

WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
Clean eating now compared to processed and sugar foods. I eat small meals 4 to 5 times a day. I used to eat huge meals often before.

HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
I am much more active. I hit 17,000 steps yesterday. I now work out at the Y taking 3 Zumba classes a week, along with a body sculpting class. I walk my dogs for about an hour every night. When the weather is cooler, I walk even more. I also try to incorporate some 30 minute circuits at Planet Fitness. Not bad for a person who used to get winded walking a block.

MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS

  1. Clean Eating
  2. Small 4 to 5 meals
  3. Exercise often.
  4. Have one or two cheat meals (but not ridiculous)
  5. Get enough sleep (7 hours for me if possible)

Great success story! Read before and after fitness transformation stories from women and men who hit weight loss goals and got THAT BODY with training and meal prep. Find inspiration, motivation, and workout tips | 125 Pounds Lost: My turn

Originally posted 2017-01-20 08:16:51. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

14 Comments

  1. Theresa Padovano

    February 11, 2017 at 5:31 pm

  2. Theresa Padovano

    February 11, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    Congratulations

  3. Liz Summers Ellis

    February 11, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    Congratulations

  4. Elizabeth Dysart

    February 11, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    I am inspired by this

  5. Jackie Altuna

    February 11, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    Awesome!

  6. Carl Jolley

    February 11, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    Getting in shape is hard…extremely hard to do !

  7. Tracy Hendrickson De Hart

    February 11, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    Awesme!!

  8. Joanne Enciso

    February 11, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    Melinda you are gorgeous!

  9. Phyllis Blottenberger

    February 11, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    Wow awesome

  10. Monique Mullin

    February 11, 2017 at 1:02 pm

  11. Wendy Bryan

    February 11, 2017 at 7:19 am

    Healthier, happier YOU! You are an inspiration to me! I have lost the weight over and over and over again. I WANT to tell my success story like you <3

  12. Kimberly Carrigan

    February 11, 2017 at 6:16 am

    That’s SO awesome!
    Keep up the GREAT work!!

  13. Michelle Reames

    February 11, 2017 at 6:12 am

    Go, Melinda! You’ve done a great job! Woooohoooo!

  14. Dianne Suzuki

    February 11, 2017 at 5:43 am

    Go girl….you look wonderful!!

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