Weight Loss Stories

Happy & Secure

By  | 

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 | Happy & SecureI had just celebrated my 26th birthday and instead of being excited and looking forward to the new year ahead, all I could think of was the promise I made to myself two years ago. I had told myself that I would be at a healthy weight by my 25th birthday and instead, two years later, I was at my heaviest. After years of crash dieting, I was at 160 pounds and was unhappy with my body. I needed to do something about my weight and I wanted to do it right away.

At that time in my life, I had a fulfilling job and was living on my own, which gave me the perfect opportunity to focus all my energy on my health. Another incentive was that I knew I was going to be a bridesmaid in three weddings the following year and I didn’t want to be miserable because I was the heaviest one in the bridal party. My goal was to fit into a size 8.

My best friend lost weight with the help of Weight Watchers and I decided to try it. The most important thing I learned was the importance of monitoring portion sizes. I was shocked to realize how much I was really eating. I ate almost three servings of pasta in one meal! I learned to measure and weigh everything I ate and kept a food diary. I also added a lot more fiber to my diet in the form of fruits and vegetables. Most importantly, I didn’t – cut any foods out of my diet. I enjoyed all my favorite foods, but less of them.

I also started exercising on a regular basis. This was made easy by the fact that there is an on-site gym where I work. At the gym, I attended aerobics classes and after a few weeks, I lost 5 pounds. After some urging by the trainers at the gym, I started a weight training program. I was reluctant at first because I thought I would bulk up. My fears were unfounded: I became stronger and leaner than ever before.

Two months later, I had lost 15 pounds and hit a plateau. I wanted to do something to shake up my workout routine, so I asked a friend, an avid runner, for some advice on starting a running program. Instead of just telling me what to do, she soon started running with me, and two months later I signed up for my first 5k race. Running gave me such a rush; I never thought I could run two miles, let alone complete a 5k! In the process, running restarted my weight loss and I soon surpassed my goal size of 8 and fit comfortably in size-6 clothing.

Since reaching my goal to become healthy, I have branched out and started practicing power yoga. I have learned that I am pretty good at yoga and I can push myself to my limits as I hold each pose. Although I am not as strict with my diet as I was when I first started losing weight, I still watch my portion sizes. Most importantly, I am finally happy with and feel secure about my mind and my body.

Source: shape

Originally posted 2012-11-20 18:14:06. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *