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“I Got My Body Back!”

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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 | I Got My Body Back!Small changes helped Ramani Durvasula stop stress-eating, take charge of her weight–and lose big

 

My Story

I never struggled with my weight until my mid-20s, when I put on 50 pounds thanks to the pressures of graduate school. I went on a diet and kept the weight off until my mid-30s. I had a new job and a new baby, and was feeling insecure about balancing my life as a professor and mother. I turned to the solace of food. Before I knew it, I was nearly 40, and all the moms in my daughter’s kindergarten class looked svelte and fabulous–except me.

But reality didn’t hit me until the night of a friend’s wedding. My mom had just returned fromIndiawith a suitcase full of flowing silk gowns–perfect to disguise my robust figure, or so I thought. Surprise: One after another, the delicate dresses ripped at the seams as I forced them over my waist and hips. I couldn’t even stuff myself into a sari! Shocked and saddened, I stood in my closet and cried. Later, I ate like it was my last meal. It would be the final time I let myself indulge in an out-of-control binge.

Slimming Down in Secret

I began with a simple formula: Reduce my portions, stop picking off my kids’ plates, and eat produce at every meal. I also began walking each day on our treadmill. I told nobody, in case I failed. Four weeks later, I stepped on the scale: I was 7 pounds lighter–and triumphant.

After 2 months, I hit a plateau. I kicked up the treadmill’s incline, increasing it more each week until I reached the steepest path. Pounds started rolling off again, but I got bored, so I began walking outdoors in a weighted vest. I’d even put it on whenever I did chores. Presto–I’d turned laundry into weight-bearing exercise!

Fit at 40

I lost 65 pounds in a little over a year, and I’ve kept it off for nearly two. Workouts used to seem like selfish time away from my children. Now I consider exercise as vital as brushing my teeth. There are still days when I want to dig into an extra slice of pizza–and sometimes I do–but generally, I turn to exercise to cope with stress. What amazes me most is that instead of launching a midlife crisis, turning 40 gave me the courage to become healthier than ever.

My Top Tips

Grocery shop every weekend. I’d bring a full bag of groceries to the office on Monday so that I would have all the ingredients I needed to make healthy lunches for the rest of the week.

Lock your kitchen cabinets. Opening them gave me a 30-second pause to consider the kind of food I would eat. I kept the locks on for 6 months, which really helped me cut down on junk food.

Make the treadmill/TV connection. I built exercise into my schedule by allowing myself to watch TV only when I was on the treadmill. That got me walking at least 4 days a week!

Set an example. My older daughter tells her dolls, “Okay, girls, it’s time to do our exercises!” And when I stop to do my sit-ups, my 4-year-old gets down on the floor and does them with me.

Relish your newfound energy. Since losing the weight, I’ve climbed to the summit of two ofCalifornia’s 10,000-foot peaks, including Mt.Baldy.

Source: Prevention

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