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“I Lost Half My Body 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 | I Lost Half My Body WeightSarah Montague went from emotional eater to 3-time triathlete and lost 136 pounds along the way

 

STATS

Pounds lost136

Age 40

Height 5’3”

Weight now 136 pounds

Weight then 272

MY STORY

When I was a young girl inEngland, my parents went through a difficult divorce. I learned early on to medicate my feelings with food. I found comfort in feeling full and gorged myself on potato chips, chocolate, and cheese. So it’s no surprise that when the pressure from my first job kicked in, I headed for the cupboard. Within 3 years, I gained 100 pounds, developed obesity-related asthma, and dislocated both knees. During that same time, I met my future husband. As we planned our wedding, it never occurred to me to try to lose the weight–instead, I had my wedding dress custom made.

When I was 30, my husband and I moved across the Atlantic toChicago. Within 6 months, I gained another 20 pounds. At a routine medical checkup, my doctor suggested I try Weight Watchers. I was shocked. Nobody had ever confronted me about my size, but it was the wake-up call I needed.

GOOD-BYE TO BINGEING

I started attending weekly Weight Watchers meetings and chose 136 pounds as my goal weight. I worried that it would be too difficult to drop a lifetime of bad habits, but I counted my points carefully and paid close attention to why I was eating: emotions or hunger. I began working out, and the more weight I lost, the easier–and more fun–it became.

It took me 6 years to reach 136 pounds. Even then, I didn’t consider myself athletic. So when friends approached me to train with them for a triathlon, I was hesitant. But I realized that losing so much weight was a huge accomplishment, and I needed a new challenge. I signed up for the race and finished in the middle of the pack but beaming with pride. For the first time, I was a player in the game–not a sideline spectator.

AN ATHLETE AT 40

I’ve competed in three triathlons so far–and when I see the athletes at these events, it still amazes me that I’m one of them. I recently turned 40, and to mark the milestone, I participated in the Chicago Triathlon, my hardest race to date. I aimed to finish in 4 hours, but I did it in 3 hours, 22 minutes. Training can be grueling, but I love working hard–I’ll never numb my feelings with food again.

MY TOP TIPS

 

Think before you bite. Before I take seconds or have dessert, I remind myself that I won’t regret what I don’t eat.

Plan, plan, plan. On busy days, I always pack a lunch–otherwise, it’s too likely that I’ll rely on junk from the vending machines. I also stash stocked gym bags in my car and under my desk so I’m always ready to work out.

Celebrate small victories. Competing has boosted my self-esteem, but smaller tests–like passing on the bread basket–are just as empowering.

Stick to a routine. I buy similar groceries weekly–that way, I get in and out with no temptation from the snack aisle.

Think big picture. I used to fill up without thinking about the consequences. Now I approach the week as a whole and make adjustments as needed. If I’m planning on a big dinner, I’m perfectly happy eating a light lunch.

 

Source: Prevention

Originally posted 2012-03-29 07:58:26. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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