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Feeling 100 Percent Better

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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 | Feeling 100 Percent BetterOne afternoon I walked by a full-length mirror and was astonished by my reflection: I was overweight and out of shape. When I weighed myself, I saw I was at more than 160 pounds, a 30-pound weight gain in a four-year period. How did this happen to me? I had been thin all my life. I realized that after I got married, I had settled into a comfortable life that included unhealthful food and no exercise.

I wanted to take control of my weight problem before it got worse. My first reaction was to do whatever it took to get the weight off quickly. I tried weight-loss shakes, diet pills and other fad diets; I’d lose 3 or 4 pounds, only to gain them back when I returned to my normal eating habits.

After six months of yo-yo dieting, I wondered, “Why can’t I just eat what I want, but less of it?” It made perfect sense. I learned to say no to seconds at dinner and cut down on portion sizes. I also started eating breakfast, something I had never done before.

After a month, I added exercise to my routine. Since there wasn’t a gym nearby, I invested in aerobics videos. At first, I was so out of shape that the videos left me exhausted, but I continued exercising. After a few weeks, I mastered them and added new videos to my collection. Soon exercise became a part of my life. It took less than an hour to do, but it gave me so much.

A year into my new lifestyle, I saw an old friend whom I hadn’t seen in years. She hardly recognized me and she complimented me on my weight loss. Her comments made me realize how far I had come. I could climb the stairs without huffing and puffing and run to my car without wheezing. I could push back my plate half-eaten and not feel guilty. I decided to be brave and weigh myself for the first time in more than a year. I stepped on the scale and saw it read 145. I had lost 20 pounds. My success motivated me to continue eating healthfully and exercise. I had come so far, I wasn’t about to quit now.

Over the next six months, my clothes became baggier on me and I had to buy new ones. My goal was to fit into size 10 jeans. When I put them on, I didn’t have to lie on the bed to get the zipper up. They fit! I had reached 130 pounds through dedication and willpower. Losing weight and keeping it off is hard, but worth it. My body isn’t perfect, but I feel 100 percent better than I did when I was overweight.

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Originally posted 2012-11-14 15:55:42. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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