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How One Woman Lost Over Half Her Weight

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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 | How One Woman Lost Over Half Her WeightSydney Pershing went through an amazing weight loss journey and came out 162 pounds lighter.

Biking everywhere kick-started Sydney Pershing’s amazing 162-pound weight loss.

As a child, I was always at least 20 pounds overweight. And when I was 13, I was diagnosed with epilepsy. Having seizures drained me, so I rarely felt like exercising. The cocktail of medica¬tions only added to my size, and by the time I was 25, I was 287 pounds and depressed. That year, I asked a surgeon about weight loss-surgery. He told me I wasn’t a candidate because I was morbidly obese and too unhealthy for surgery—I would have to shed some weight first.

Before
I couldn’t believe I was too fat for the surgery! But that irony changed my life. The next day I got on my bike and rode around the block. The day after that, I biked six blocks. After three months of biking that distance every day, I dropped two dress sizes and started taking longer rides. I also started the South Beach Diet, trading pizza for salads and lean protein.

By 2004, I’d lost 122 pounds. My next step: I had a VNS (vagus nerve stimulation) device implanted in my chest to limit my seizures. It worked, and for the first time my epilepsy was under control. I also had more energy, so I added Pilates and swimming to my routine and lost another 40 pounds. Today, I am 162 pounds lighter!

Pounds Size
Before: 287 22–24
Now: 125 4–6
Total lost: 162 16

From Heavy to Healthy time line:
• 287 lbs-September 2002-Got on a bike for the first time in years.
• 245 lbs-December 2002-Biking works: Dropped two dress sizes.
• 195 lbs-May 2004-Walked a 5K to raise money for multiple sclerosis.
• 165 lbs-November 2004-Surgery helps control my seizures—and ups my energy.
• 125 lbs-May 2005–now-Looking good in size 6 jeans!

Nice work, Sydney! Sydney is now a public relations representative for the VNS device and speaks at conferences and seminars. To help her look amazing in front of a crowd, White House Black Market is giving her a $500 gift card. Congratulations!

Source: health

Originally posted 2013-04-22 03:49:56. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

1 Comment

  1. charlotte

    April 25, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    really only 6 blocks for 3 months and you lost weight how much?

    I biked six blocks. After three months of biking that distance every day, I dropped two dress sizes and started taking longer rides.

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