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Ann Cut Out Processed Foods And Lost 126 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 | Ann Cut Out Processed Foods And Lost 126 PoundsName: Ann McMullen
Age: 30
Height: 5’6″
Before Weight: 297 pounds

How I Gained It: I have struggled my whole life with my weight. I was always the biggest girl in school. I never played sports because I was too scared I couldn’t keep up. I was teased on a regular basis (even by family members) from the age of 4.

I met my now-husband in 2004. He had also struggled with his weight. Food became our entertainment; we would eat at Taco Bell at 2 a.m. just for something to do. By our first wedding anniversary in 2008, I had ballooned to my heaviest weight at 311 pounds.

I tried many diets, but nothing stuck. I would lose 25 pounds and gain 30 back; I figured I would be heavy for the rest of my life. But my health was starting to suffer. I was pre-diabetic, my cholesterol was borderline-high, and I was taking five pills a day for my blood pressure. I was also suffering from severe anxiety and unexplained infertility, which my doctors believed was due to my weight.

Breaking Point: I went as far as to schedule gastric bypass surgery in August 2010, just so I could do something lasting about my weight. I was sick of not being able to buy clothes off the rack. I was sick of feeling sick all the time. I was sick of looking at myself and not liking what I saw. I was sick of not feeling attractive to my husband. I felt hopeless; when you weigh that much, you feel like there is no alternative.

But after seeing people who had the surgery who later gained back all the weight, I knew even gastric bypass wouldn’t solve the problem. I was too young and too healthy to lose weight like that; I had to be able to prove to myself I could do it on my own. Plus, I really could never accept the fact that my stomach and body would never be the same after surgery. Why put my body through something that can be avoidable?

How I Lost It: After my husband lost his job near the end of 2010, we decided to leave our home in upstate New York and move across the country to Phoenix, Arizona for a sort of “new beginning.” We decided since we were starting fresh in a new place, we could take control of our health too.

I stopped eating processed foods, limited my carb and fat intake, and cut my total calorie consumption to just 1,300 a day. I go to the gym every day (sometimes even twice a day on weekends) and discovered I love exercising! I allow myself a “cheat” day now and then, but I have found I don’t need to splurge as often because I really love how I feel when I eat healthier.

Along the way my husband also lost a lot of weight: When we started, he weighed 377 pounds. Today, he weighs 269 pounds!

One of my favorite things to do now is run. A few months into my lifestyle change, I decided I wanted to be able to run a 5K race by my 30th birthday. I trained and focused on my goal, and when I crossed that finish line on November 19, I burst into tears. It was something I never thought I’d be able to do. Our journey is far from over, but I’m no longer on medication and I have never felt so good in my entire life.

Source: huffingtonpost

Originally posted 2012-10-19 02:05:28. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

30 Comments

  1. Candy Hutch

    May 11, 2016 at 10:31 pm

    Beautiful

  2. Patricia Garcia

    May 9, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    That’s great congrulations

  3. Maureen Shannon

    May 8, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    You look terrific congrats

  4. Lauren Jones

    May 8, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    Amanda Flannery Loes!

  5. Lauri Monteyne

    May 8, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    You look amazing! Thank you for being an inspiration. God Bless you and your husband!

  6. Toni Stevens

    May 8, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    congratulations!!

  7. Kellie Ione Wright Curtin

    May 8, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    Yay! You look healthy and fit!

  8. Pat Sudak

    May 8, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    so great, hard to do. Congrats!

  9. Mara Catalan

    May 8, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    Wow! Im looking to finf that determination.

  10. Debbie Lowry

    May 8, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    Beautiful

  11. Jessica Deshazo

    May 8, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    Wow ! You look great

  12. Dianne Suzuki

    May 8, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    Such an amazing accomplishment…congratulations !!

  13. Rika Van Hardeveld

    May 8, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    Wow great job Ann , congratulations.

  14. June Farnsworth

    February 5, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    So cool to hear a success story!

  15. Cheryle Picco

    February 4, 2014 at 8:43 am

    You have an inspiring story of courage and stamina, and are a role model to those of us struggling with our weight. Well done!

  16. Tamara Clevenger

    February 4, 2014 at 7:29 am

    Beautiful either way,but good job on the hard work it takes into losing it:)

  17. Elizabeth Hamada

    February 4, 2014 at 3:14 am

    Congrats, Ann! You look awesome!!!

  18. koreika

    February 3, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Fantastic!!!

  19. Shirley Jean Harris-Breckenridge

    February 3, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    Wow you go girl, thanks for the info, I will try cutting out processed foods!!

  20. Kelly Ann

    February 3, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Wow

  21. Salwa Al Andalus

    February 3, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    Congratulations girl ! You did an amazing job !

  22. John Potratz

    February 3, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    That’s what’s UP.

  23. Stacy Fancher

    February 3, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    way to go girl and I know how it was to be teased all the time, but I did try to play some sports, but didn’t felt right after a couple of years so I stopped.

  24. Emily Wadsworth Golden

    February 3, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    U could always get your sunglasses adjusted or buy some that look the same but smaller 🙂

  25. Jared Dowland

    February 3, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    I’d be shredded if I could find non-processed beer.

  26. Mischa Kids

    February 3, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    it’s a bit weird to lose 126 pounds and wear the same sunglasses; I had to buy new ones, in order to fit, after losing 50 pounds…

  27. Patty Wallace Phillips

    February 3, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    This is almost my story

  28. Jamie Marie Brown

    February 3, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    I’ve did just that and I’m on my way

  29. Mindy Davenport-Hobson

    February 3, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    YEP! its amazing how our bodies react to the food we put in it…great job!

  30. My Weight Loss Journey & Motivation

    February 3, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Great job! 🙂

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