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I Lost Weight: Derek Lavigne Focused On Weight Lifting And Cardio And Lost 90 Pounds

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Name: Derek Lavigne
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 Weight: Derek Lavigne Focused On Weight Lifting And Cardio And Lost 90 PoundsAge: 24
Height: 5’10”
Before Weight: 275 pounds

How I Gained It: I was always the heavy kid growing up, from middle school all the way up through college. I was large, but never so big that it was affecting my health or social life. I was an on-and-off athlete, but was never able to get into a healthy regimen that I was able to keep up with. I graduated high school at about 220 pounds, with hopes that in college I could take some of those pounds off. I was wrong.

Over the next three or so years, I had zero self control, and I was eating fast food at least once a day. My diet consisted of what was easy, and I never stepped foot in the kitchen to prepare food for myself. I was always ordering takeout or delivery. Over those few years, I packed on over 50 pounds, and I knew it was time for a change.

Breaking Point: For the longest time I kept telling myself that I was young, and that I had time to take this weight off. My family has a history of diabetes, and there came a day when I said to myself enough is enough, it is time to make a serious life change. This was about three days prior to the new year, so I decided to make my resolution for the year to lose 20 pounds.

How I Lost It: After a multi-week cleansing period, I had already dropped about 10 pounds, and I was just getting started. Seeing the weight come off just through a stricter diet motivated me to get into the gym and keep working hard. Over the next six months, I focused on a weight-lifting and cardio regimen, spending 60 to 90 minutes in the gym daily. If there was a day I was very busy and unable to make it to the gym, I made sure that I was able to walk a few miles during lunch or early in the morning, just to stay active.

Along with staying active, I completely overhauled my eating habits. I ate three square meals a day consisting of lean protein and vegetables, along with a protein shake after my workouts, with room for a little snack at some point during the day. Over those six months I dropped another 50 pounds, and the weight kept coming off.

I have to thank my brother; he was very encouraging and would often work out with me to keep me motivated. After a while, it became more second-nature then a chore, and now I love going for a run or lifting.

I was able to drop from a size XXL to a medium, from a size 42 pants to a size 35. I donated my entire wardrobe to charity and started fresh. I finally felt good in my own skin and was no longer embarrassed to take off my shirt at the pool or the beach. I was constantly getting compliments from friends who always knew me as the chubby kid. I am in the best shape of my life and I am so glad I took the initiative before it was too late.

After Weight: 185 pounds

Source: Huffington Post

1 Comment

  1. Barry Hughes

    March 26, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Derek – Your story is what I hope to be my story soon. Thanks for sharing.

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