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A Family Member’s Bold Remark Inspired Cayla Duncan To Lose 100 Pounds

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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 | A Family Members Bold Remark Inspired Cayla Duncan To Lose 100 PoundsName: Cayla Duncan

Age: 26
Height: 5’0″
Before Weight: 247 pounds

How I Gained It: I was not aware of how much I was eating, and I rarely exercised. I went from being very active in college to being not active at all afterwards. I gained a good 100 pounds in the course of three years after college. I wasn’t depressed, I didn’t have low self-esteem; I was just lazy and ate everything in sight.

I would get a large chicken nuggets meal from McDonald’s with large fries and a large Coke for lunch, then snack throughout the day and then go home and have four to five helpings of dinner, which was usually pizza or fried foods. The last thing on my mind was my health.

Breaking Point: “Cayla, you are huge.” Those were the words that changed my life forever. I was 24 years old, had a great job, a master’s degree, great friends. I was sitting at the Thanksgiving table with my family (with my overflowing plate of potatoes) when my grandmother looked over and gasped at how large I had gotten. I was mortified. In front of my entire family, she put my weight on display. For the next month, I refused to talk to her. It took me that long to realize she was right. I was huge. At just 24 years old, I was weighing in at over 200 pounds, and the sad thing is I didn’t even realize it. All the great things in my life made me forget about my increasing waistline.

How I Lost It: My grandmother has always been an advocate for Weight Watchers and she encouraged me to try it out. On January 9, 2012, I became a Weight Watchers member. When I got on the scale that night, I was shocked at the number: 247! I couldn’t believe it. I didn’t even stay for the meeting. I went home and cried myself to sleep. I woke up the next morning, looked in the mirror and said, “That was your last pity party, Cayla. Yesterday was the last day you will ever make an excuse for your poor behavior.”

I turned around and never looked back. In that first week, I lost eight pounds.

Weight Watchers has taught me to stop telling myself that I can’t have something and that making good choices will deliver results. It brought awareness (through food tracking) to how much food I was taking in on a daily basis. I now eat smaller meals and healthier meals because I’m aware of what I’m eating. I still like an occasional McNugget meal every once in a while. In a year and half, I’ve lost 100 pounds, and I’m not stopping until I hit my goal of 125 pounds. I know I will get there.

The three things I tell other members when they ask for my advice is are:

    1. No excuses.
    2. Go to your meetings.
    3. Believe in you. You are worth it. Because of this program, I can do anything.

Before, I was at risk for high blood pressure. My doctor suggested that I start taking medicine for the pending health risk. After losing 50 pounds in five months, he said I did not need medicine anymore and that my health took a dramatic turn for the better. At 24, I could barely walk up the stairs at my job without stopping. I am now running — yes, running — 5Ks. I hate running to this day — I prefer Zumba or dancing — but finishing my first 5K gave me a whole new respect for running. Feeling like I’d definitely accomplished something helped motivate me to keep going and try to hit a new goal. I even helped to organize a local 5K to help with the Special Olympics because getting healthy has become such a big part of my life.

Current Weight: 147 pounds

Source: Huffington Post

Originally posted 2014-02-05 06:44:02. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

47 Comments

  1. Lindsey Lyle

    July 10, 2014 at 11:43 am

    What an inspiration! Weight watchers works! I love the program!

  2. Michelle Pollard-Vaughan

    June 26, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    You look awesome!! 🙂 WTG!!!

  3. Gerard DeWind

    June 26, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    Great work Cayla!

  4. Dawn Tighe Grant

    June 26, 2014 at 8:59 am

    way to go!!

  5. Shawna Sharrock

    June 26, 2014 at 7:44 am

    Congrats Cayla !!!!!

  6. Loyal Kainoa

    June 26, 2014 at 7:30 am

    Inspirational!!!!

  7. Stephanie Young

    June 26, 2014 at 7:25 am

    Such a huge motivation and inspiration…thank you!

  8. Stephanie Spuria

    June 26, 2014 at 4:20 am

    OMG u r gorgeous! Incredibly well done!

  9. Charles Martin

    June 26, 2014 at 2:49 am

    I’m so happy for you

  10. Debra Pearson

    June 26, 2014 at 2:24 am

    Amazing! You should be proud!

  11. Denise Riedl

    June 26, 2014 at 1:29 am

    LOVE THESE STORIES!

  12. Robinson Kimberly

    June 26, 2014 at 1:22 am

    Congrats . Keep up that wonderful work , God Bless You !! ❤️❤️❤️

  13. Brenda Brown

    June 25, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    Very inspiring! You look beautiful and fabulous. You should be proud of your hard work and dedication. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Rachel Swanger

    June 25, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    Awesome!

  15. Ashley Renae Baumbusch

    June 25, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    You look great Cayla!

  16. Betty Ann Krause

    June 25, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    Awesome! I am a weight watchers member. The best way to learn to eat.

  17. Debbie Sherria Wells

    June 25, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    I’m soooo inspired by your story!!

  18. Jacqueline Smith Ames

    June 25, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    So,you look fantastic!

  19. Leontyne Steele

    June 25, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    Congratulations. You did a remarkable job. Way to go!

  20. Toni Little Thibodeaux

    June 25, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    Wow! Amazing! Love how she has such a balanced view; anything in moderation.

  21. Angie Wilson

    June 25, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    Amazing change congratulations on your hard work!

  22. Robyn Jones Robinson

    June 25, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    Beautiful!

  23. Cheryl Williams

    June 25, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    Yea for you

  24. Jackie Wofford

    June 25, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    Bravo cutie great job !!

  25. Orshia Harris

    June 25, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    U go girl, u look great

  26. Nancy Breen

    June 25, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  27. Briana Vollmer

    June 25, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    Awesome

  28. Chris Sanders

    June 25, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    You look beautiful! Good for you!

  29. Susan O'Banion Deveaux

    June 25, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    Great !!! Thanks so much for sharing this, and for inspiration…

  30. Julia Deanne Coleman

    June 25, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    Very inspirational!!

  31. Maricela Enemyga

    June 25, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    So I’m good. Didn’t feel Like it. But THAT is not an excuse lol

  32. Karen Pulliam

    June 25, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    Yes it’s sad to be shamed in front of the whole family, but sometimes it takes that kind of wake-up call to get into action! God Bless you girl and keep going! You look GREAT! 🙂

  33. Marie Steffens

    June 25, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    Fantastic

  34. Christina Vairin

    June 25, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    You’re beautiful!! So happy for you!

  35. Alice AlleyCatt Jordan

    June 25, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    Wow, u look great!!! Congrats

  36. Danesa Gonzalez

    June 25, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    Congratulations

  37. Lillie Locklear

    June 25, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    You look great!

  38. Robyn Viau Rhode

    June 25, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    WOW!!! You look amazing 🙂

  39. Joann Colón

    June 25, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Awesome accomplishment you look amazing. I believe your grandmother should not have said anything in front of people no matter how she felt. Happy to hear you put that behind you. Make you happy that’s what counts. I love Weight Watchers

  40. Carleneta Spearman Harris

    June 25, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    Awesome you look amazing!!!

  41. Christopher A. Hamilton

    June 25, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    Awesome great job

  42. Tina Brown

    June 25, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Thank you for being such a positive motivator!

  43. Sarah Carr

    June 25, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    She looks awesome, and is a true inspiration! I do think it’s sad that she was humiliated and shamed at the dinner table because of her size, though. That’s uncalled for, in my opinion.

  44. Irma Lopez

    June 25, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    Wow!

  45. Stacey Michelle Szanyi

    June 25, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    This is awesome! You look great!

  46. Julie Bowe Youngblood

    June 25, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Maggie Shamp check her out

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