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84 Pounds Lost: I was my toughest opponent

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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 | 84 Pounds Lost:  I was my toughest opponentNAME : Bernadette
BEFORE WEIGHT : 220
AFTER WEIGHT : 136
POUNDS LOST : 84

WHEN DID YOU START DEVELOPING A WEIGHT PROBLEM?
I struggled my whole life with weight issues. When I was younger I got picked on a lot cause of how big I was.

HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE?
I never wanted to go anywhere or do anything. I would hide inside my apartment from the world feeling sorry for myself and wishing I was happier.

WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY?
One day after work I came home and started doing what I always did which was live in self pity, then for no real reason I thought to myself you have to stop feeling sorry for yourself. Get up and go do something about this.

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
I saw an add for a free week at a kickboxing gym, so after a day I finally went and got hooked right away .

HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS?
when I first started at the kickboxing gym they did a fitness challenge. After just 6 weeks I lost 12 pounds and 6 inches off my waist.

WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART?
My biggest challenges were time and lack of confidence.

DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING?
Weight Loss journeys are always hard and I am an emotional eater so when times got tough I always felt like giving up but never did.

DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
I think plateaus are apart of this journey. I had to change how I ate and reset my bodies set point.

HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT?
over a year.

DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES?
As a result of this I have started competing in mixed martial arts. Last April I had my first fight. Although I lost the fight in my mind I won so much more. For example, to have the confidence to even get into the cage and fight was something years ago I never thought I could do.

WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
I eat 6 small meals a day. I cut out sugars, processed foods, breads, and dairy. I eat mostly proteins, and get my carbs from veggies .

HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
I train 6 days a week up to 3 hours a day. When I was heavy I could barely do an hour workout.

MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS

  1. diet is everything
  2. never give up
  3. a gallon of water a day will keep the fat away.
  4. get moving even if it is just a walk around the block
  5. love yourself no matter what.

Originally posted 2015-02-19 10:35:27. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

36 Comments

  1. Betty Brown

    June 13, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    Great job!!

  2. Kathy Randalson

    June 6, 2015 at 6:08 am

    You are Amazing !!! Thank You for Sharing !!!

  3. Tracy Swords

    June 5, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    Proud of you!!!

  4. Audette Hagan Johnson

    June 5, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    That is one of the most amazing transformations I’ve ever seen great job!!!

  5. Cindy Brunson

    June 5, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    That’s awesome. I can’t wait till I lose that much. I’ve already lost 30 pounds so far. 🙂

  6. Jessica Iglesias Costello

    June 5, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    Amazing!

  7. Joanne Lennon-Koronczyk

    June 5, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    You look fantastic!

  8. Lori Ashmore

    June 5, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    You look AMAZING!

  9. Edwina Lee

    June 5, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    U look great

  10. Michelle Vooge

    June 5, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    Awesome job, you are such an inspiration!!

  11. Christin Dahlgren Oquist

    June 5, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    Lynzie Oquist read this

  12. Vivian Valiente de Muralles

    June 5, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    Mira Julie Valiente

  13. Cheryle Mcl

    June 5, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    Wow!

  14. Gilli Christin

    June 5, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    What diet did u follow

  15. Mary Capasso-Newman

    June 5, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    Great job you look amazing! !!☺

  16. Scott Martin

    June 5, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    Wow!!!! 🙂

  17. Rashonda James

    June 5, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    Great job Bernadette..

  18. Silvia Pavia

    March 5, 2015 at 2:17 am

    Fab work and well done, girlfriend!

  19. Vicky Sibley Liberty

    March 4, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    awesome

  20. AmberDawn Wright

    March 4, 2015 at 5:30 am

    Anthony Slade

  21. Melissa Ann Miller

    March 3, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    Love love the transformation!!!

  22. Bridget O'Donnell

    March 3, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    Gorgeous. Fantastic work.

  23. Levantate Mujer

    March 3, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    Wow. Great job.

  24. Brenna Hulse

    March 3, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    Rock on!!!

  25. Naomi Porter Robirds

    March 3, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    Awesome!!!! Keep it up!!!

  26. Cynthia JCarlos Hernandez

    March 3, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    Awesome!

  27. Mary Capasso-Newman

    March 3, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    Wow !!!

  28. Mandi Peterson

    March 3, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    Love this. I can relate so much

  29. Janie Christiansen Mason

    March 3, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    Wow! Great job

  30. Tara Moss

    March 3, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    I’m inspired!!

  31. A'Ja Lyve

    March 3, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    She looks beyond fantastic!

  32. Stacey Barbeau

    March 3, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    I love reading these!!! Anything is possible

  33. Lupe Esparza

    March 3, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    You look great…

  34. Trudy Lowther Hess

    March 3, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    Congratulations! You’re a true inspiration!

  35. Lori Shepherd

    March 3, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    WOW!! You look amazing!! You Go Girl!!

  36. Adriane Gilder

    March 3, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    Congratulations. I have an insensitive question, maybe even a stupid question. Does losing weight change the image of your tatoos?

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