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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 | Exercising ChangeI maintained a healthy weight of 135 pounds, which was average for my height of 5 feet, 5 inches, until I started graduate school in my early 20s. To support myself, I worked a 10-hour graveyard shift in a group home and spent my shift sitting and eating junk food. After work, I slept, grabbed a quick bite (such as a burger or pizza), went to class and studied, leaving no time in my schedule for exercise or healthful eating.

One day, after three years of living with this hectic schedule, I stepped on the scale and was stunned when the needle reached 185 pounds. I couldn’t believe that I had gained 50 pounds.

I didn’t want to gain any more weight, so I committed to making my health my No. 1 priority. I quit the night job and found a job with flexible hours, allowing me time I needed to eat healthfully, exercise and study.

As far as food was concerned, I stopped eating out and prepared healthier food like grilled chicken and fish, plus lots of fruits and vegetables. I planned my meals ahead of time and did my own food shopping so I wouldn’t bring home unhealthful foods. I kept a food journal to track what I was eating and how I felt. The journal helped me see that when I ate healthfully, I felt better both physically and mentally.

A month later, I began exercising, since I knew it was essential to healthy weight loss. I started walking one to two miles a day, three to five times a week, depending on my schedule. When I started losing 1-2 pounds a week, I was thrilled. After I added step aerobics and weight-training videos, the weight started coming off faster.

I hit my first plateau after I had lost 25 pounds. At first I was frustrated that the scale wouldn’t budge. I did some reading and learned that if I altered some aspect of my workout, such as the intensity, duration or number of repetitions, I could continue to progress. A year later, I was 50 pounds lighter and loved my new shape.

I continued living healthfully for the next six years while I finished my education and got married. I ate what I wanted, but in moderation. When I learned I was pregnant with my first child, I was thrilled, but also scared that I would lose my pre-pregnancy shape after I gave birth.

I discussed my fears with my doctor and I realized that “eating for two” was just a myth. I only needed to eat an additional 200-500 calories to sustain a healthy pregnancy while continuing to exercise. Although I gained 50 pounds, I returned to my pre-pregnancy weight within a year after giving birth to my son. Motherhood has reshaped my goals – instead of being skinny and looking good, my focus is now to be a fit and healthy mom.

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Originally posted 2012-11-25 19:13:50. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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