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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 | Complete ConfidenceI was a jock in high school and at 5 feet 7 inches and 150 pounds, I was happy with my weight. In college, my social life took priority over playing sports and dorm food was seldom satisfying, so my friends and I went out to eat after the dorm meals. My clothes grew tighter each week and I skipped social events, like trips to the beach, because I didn’t want my friends to see me in a bathing suit.

I could not admit that I had a weight problem until the day of my college graduation. Weeks earlier, I bought a dress to wear for the ceremony, but on the big day, I tried putting it on and was horrified to find out that I couldn’t squeeze into it. After crying about it, I found another dress to wear and attended the event. I looked happy on the outside, but on the inside, I was sad that I had let my weight spoil my graduation.

The next day, I took responsibility for my health. I was at 190 pounds and made my goal weight 150, my pre-college weight.I started reading books about healthful eating and learned the basics of nutrition. Until then, I had had no clue what a proper portion size was, and I found that in many instances I was used to eating two or three times more than the suggested serving size. At first it was hard to adjust to the smaller portions – I even bought smaller dishes to trick myself into thinking I was eating just as much as before. My body eventually adjusted and I became used to eating less. I also cut out high-fat foods like red meat and replaced them with chicken while adding fruits and vegetables, other nutritious items that were lacking from my diet. I lost 1-2 pounds a week and within four months, I had lost a total of 20 pounds.

When I moved to a new city for a job, I joined a basketball team to meet people. At first, I was nervous because I hadn’t played since high school, but it all came back to me when I got on the court. The only problem was that I was coughing and wheezing during the game because I was out of shape. But I kept playing and improved my endurance. I also joined a gym, where I took step-aerobics classes and started weight training.

To challenge myself, I signed up for a 5k run and fell in love with racing. With each race I’ve completed, I have improved my performance and my body confidence. And, in the process, I reached my goal weight and completed a triathlon. I feel like an athlete again.

Last spring, I returned to college to earn my master’s degree in health promotion and wellness management. I want to help others see fitness as a tool to help them achieve a happy life. I know my next graduation day will be a joyous occasion.

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Originally posted 2012-11-19 18:10:41. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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