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I Lost Weight: Leigh Mount Gave Up Cheesy, Processed Snacks And Lost 183 Pounds

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Name: Leigh Mount
Age: 29
Height: 5’5″
Before Weight: 318.5 pounds

How I Gained It: I got sad and filled holes with copious amounts of booze and extremely poor morning-after food remedies. Most of what I ate came in brightly-colored, crinkly bags — chips, cheese, bread, cookies, never anything fresh or healthy. I never cooked. I was living by myself for the first time, and I found out early on that if I wanted to have a pantry filled with crap, I could have a pantry filled with crap. The pantry never stayed full for long. I could go through a bag of Cheetos in a sitting. When I moved in with my boyfriend, I had to hide my eating habits, so I would go to work at 10 on Saturday mornings so I could binge eat some Taco Bell or a smorgasbord of carby garbage from the dollar store.

I got bigger and sadder and the cycle got worse and worse. No one told me to stop, including — most importantly — myself.

Breaking Point: I was tired of being fat. I just knew it was time to make a change.

How I Lost It: I’d done a consultation at a Quick Weight Loss center about nine months prior. I knew the program was for me, but “things came up”. A week before my birthday in 2011, I got a half-off discount from the center in the mail, and my boyfriend paid the start-up fees for me! It was easy as pie after that. A high lean protein diet, a little self control, and 662 days was all it took — and eventually quitting drinking!

The cooking-based program allowed me to make lean protein, healthy fats and carbs, veggies and fruits as delicious or boring as I wanted. It taught me more of what we’re supposed to eat as adults rather than being a diet. I only worked out about 10 times throughout the two years. I wish I had gotten into some sort of workout regime because I have quite a bit of skin hanging in places. I am easing into a pretty active lifestyle now and hoping most of the areas will tighten in time.

The last time I went running (about 30 pounds ago), I jogged two miles. I used to do that regularly before I gained the weight. Without serious effort or even intent to compete with my old time, I shattered my best time by a significant amount. It blows my mind what I’m able to do now without all the bulk.

My eating habits are completely changed — for life. One of my coworkers asked me if I went back to eating all my favorite foods after I lost the weight. I laughed and told him, “My favorite foods are the ones on the plan!” He responded, “That’s a lifestyle change!” It really is. I am in love with the foods I have. I stray every now and then, but I find myself in the worst, snappy moods when I do. The bad moods and the increased number on the scale quickly bring me back to earth and I am right back on the plan.

I got into gardening, and I spend my weekends working my butt off in the yard: digging, hauling, raking, sawing, mowing. I get a rush working that hard and feeling like I really earn my next meal. I’ve gotten really into hula hooping, which I was never able to do before. It’s exercise-y but fun, and the hoop is the same measurement my waist was when I started!

My belly doesn’t hit the steering wheel when I drive. My purse fits. My bracelets fit. I can shave my legs! I can sit in a booth at a restaurant! I spent years in the same awful four outfits hoping people never noticed. Now I wear everything I ever dreamed of wearing.

Life seems illegally wonderful. I perform better at work. I don’t get into pointless fights. I have my good and bad days, but I am always happy. I am growing into self-confidence. I am less afraid to speak my mind. I am able to say “no” for the first time.

I know I still have a lot of work to do to improve myself inside and out. My dark obese past has taught me a lot about self-sufficiency and helped my personality bloom under wraps. Those things I kept literally buried now shine and grow. I realized a few weeks ago that I am living the journey that so many others dream about for themselves. The journey is fantastic, and as I reach small destinations along the way, I create new ones so it is ongoing. And mostly it is easy, possible and so, so worth it.

After Weight: 135.5 pounds

Source: Huffington Post

Originally posted 2014-02-06 06:12:57. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

96 Comments

  1. Selma Dogan

    December 15, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    You look amazin!

  2. Lotfi Tunis

    December 10, 2016 at 10:43 am

    thanks for sharing

  3. Amy S. Petrik

    December 10, 2016 at 3:16 am

    Bravo.

  4. Cathy Fitzgerald

    December 9, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    Gorgeous!

  5. Deanna Bigelow Reid

    December 9, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    You look great

  6. Theresa Padovano

    December 9, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    Congrats on your weight loss

  7. Michelle Ferren

    December 9, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    You look terrific! I am starting to learn I am worthy of cooking for myself…I would happily cook for anyone but rarely do it for myself…this article helped thank you

  8. Debbie Derenski

    December 9, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    You look AMAZING!!!

  9. Phyllis Blottenberger

    December 9, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    So awesome, I’m so happy for you! Keep reaching new places!

  10. Brittany Nicole

    December 9, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    Give up cheese!!!!!? Never.

  11. Amy Rosselott

    December 9, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    Thank you 4 sharing ur story!! U look wonderful 🙂

  12. Joseph Gillen

    December 9, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    awesome !!!

  13. Roxanne Roderick

    December 9, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    Processed foods should be banded from the grocery store shelves. Great job. You look amazing!

    • Dayna-Maree Calder

      December 9, 2016 at 7:48 pm

      No people should just learn moderation lol and yes super great job

  14. Anne Clapp

    December 9, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    I love these so much. Good job Leigh you look amazing

  15. Joanne Lennon-Koronczyk

    December 9, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    Wow!!! Great job!!!

  16. Terri Bauer

    December 9, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    You look fabulous! I bet you feel better than ever,

  17. Di Boland-Bolewicz

    December 9, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    Very beautiful, inside & out! It’s so great being ACTIVE!

  18. Bobbi Dzidek

    December 9, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    You look great so inspiring!!!

  19. Linda Jo Royal

    November 15, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    I gave up french fries & Twizzlers, which were 2 of my Basic Food Groups~~& I lost 70 pounds. 🙂

  20. Laura Miller

    November 13, 2014 at 1:55 am

    WOW! You look great

  21. Helen Triggiano

    November 12, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Good for you! So much better for your health

  22. Natasha Jinks

    November 12, 2014 at 7:43 am

    Wonderful empowering story that’s for sharing I have three herniated discs and a muscle tear and to avoid it getting worse I must lose 55 lbs you inspired and changed me this morning today’s the day I’ve done weight watchers and I have lost the 55 lbs before and I can do it again and you’re story reminded me start with the easy things first

  23. Vanessa Cruz Torluemke

    November 11, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    Wow Factor!

  24. Laurie Tuttle

    November 11, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    I’m proud of you girl

  25. Natasha Nastee

    November 11, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    Loving your results….chasing u hard

  26. Jackie Wofford

    November 11, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    You go girl !!!

  27. Anita Livingston Thornburg

    November 11, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Can u give me ideas for lunches for work? I only have 30 min and cant leave. Im tired of grilled chicken. Help!

  28. Cheryl Sutton

    November 11, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    you look fabulous my dear

  29. Pamela Short

    November 11, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    Wow! I’m speechless! Way to go!

  30. Jamian Wilson

    November 11, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    Awesome progress Leigh ! In the last 2 years I’ve lost & maintained 42 lbs so far . Still want to lose another 30 lbs to be my goal weight.

  31. Isie Klaman

    November 11, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    What a great article and encouraging also. Congratulations

  32. Josephine Maranon Othman

    November 11, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    Awesomeness! !!!

  33. Roberta Germain

    November 11, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Wow

  34. Tracey Walker

    November 11, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Adorable!

  35. William Hopkins

    November 11, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Hottt

  36. Rosa Lindsay

    November 11, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Help me.

  37. Corrine Thomas

    November 11, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Congratulations on living well!

  38. Ronald Davies

    November 11, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Gratz.

  39. Vickie Howsare Easter

    November 11, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    Awesome!

  40. Debbie van Orden

    November 11, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    thats awesome …congratulations….thank you for sharing your story….

  41. Michelle Pollard-Vaughan

    November 11, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Job well done!!

  42. Alicemary Devlin

    November 11, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    you certainly look like a different person on the outside, and I bet you have become a different person on the inside through your journey and your insights. Many sincere congratulations.

  43. Kammy Billeisen Chambers

    November 11, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Wowzers! Thats one heckuva transformation from changing the food. Good job! Very encouraging!

  44. Ren Rector-Jones

    November 11, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    Quick Weight Loss program does REALLY work! Good job!

  45. Crystal Lindblad-Beebe

    November 11, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    That’s awesome, Congrats

  46. Joanne Lennon-Koronczyk

    November 11, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    That takes a lot of willpower! I can’t give up my snacks, but I have lost and maintained 50 lbs. over the past 4 years. I eat less and exercise daily, You look WONDERFUL!!!

  47. Rawa All

    November 11, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Wow how did you do it??

  48. Truly Julie

    November 11, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    WOW!

  49. Freda Stevenson

    November 11, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Awesome!

  50. Michelle Lockhart

    November 11, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    That’s just AWESOME!!!! I’m well on my “weigh” to total transformation! I can’t WAIT to share my story! Here’s where I’m at so far….

  51. Darin South

    May 10, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Awesome. Wish i had the endurance to achieve a goal like that….

  52. Malissa Bambic

    May 10, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Encouraging story

    but personally I like processed food too much to give it up and processes food isn’t killing us- people just need to learn to regulate what they eat and then work-out

  53. Donna Gray

    May 10, 2014 at 9:14 am

    Awesome

  54. Lynn Burris

    May 10, 2014 at 2:17 am

    Awesome! !

  55. Elizabeth Hill

    May 10, 2014 at 12:50 am

    Awesome Be very proud of yourself girl

  56. Be Encouraged

    May 9, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    awesome thanks for sharing, your story is very encouraging

  57. Jennifer Kruger

    May 9, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    Proves that our food unless whole and clean (unprocessed) is killing us.

  58. Deborah McCloud

    May 9, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    God bless you!:-)

  59. Delores Williams

    May 9, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    #BRAVO

  60. Charles Martin

    May 9, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    You go girl. I’m so happy for you and me to see very impressive. Your eyes are so lovely.

  61. Tiffany Perez

    May 9, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    I’m 316 and I’ve ganged 166 in 4 yrs and my body hurts

  62. Shannon Watkins

    May 9, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    Help us do the same please

  63. Michele Vasko-Ortega

    May 9, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    Awesome. .

  64. Helene Stempler Lean

    May 9, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    You deserve a BIG BRAVO

  65. Tonya Blackledge McElveen

    May 9, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    You look awesome !

  66. Jennifer Ruark

    May 9, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    You look amazing!!

  67. Joseph Gillen

    May 9, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    awesome

  68. Vivian Bachmeier

    May 9, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Looking good!

  69. Maria Jackson

    May 9, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    I am wanting to start diet , what r u seeing that works better?

  70. Angel M Ponder

    May 9, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    I am much shorter than this but this is my current weight, was worried about loose skin but she looks really good. Way to go.

  71. Deana Wife-of'Joey Echevarria

    May 9, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    She’s buff!!! Beautiful soul beautiful shell.

  72. Susie Bowie

    May 9, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    Nice job

  73. Chanette Marie Scott

    May 9, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    You are so strong and awesome! Good work!:-D

  74. Don Martin

    May 9, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    Once you start eating healthy real food, you will realize that those favorite processed snack foods are not a treat, but a punishment to your body and soul.

  75. Patty Moryn-Wanner

    May 9, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    She lost a full grown human being!!!(size-wise))AMAZING!!!

  76. Maggie Ruth Cochrane

    May 9, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    Way to go!

  77. AJ Wayne

    May 9, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Wow! This is my life! Living alone and eating to fill a void. 2 deaths, and a divorce. Plus the loss of my job. I’m in this same hole and can’t seem to get out! This is definitely inspiring to read.

  78. Tammy Crawford Williams

    May 9, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    Awesome

  79. Danielle Fischl

    May 9, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Thats awesome! Way to go

  80. Monique Loveslouis

    May 9, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    wow! 😀

  81. Faye Smith

    May 9, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Awesome

  82. Melissa Moreno

    May 9, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Congrats

  83. Charlie Dimelow

    May 9, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Wow!!!

  84. Rita Mild

    May 9, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Tiffany Perez I needed to lose about the same as you. I’m down 90 so far. You can do it!!!!

  85. Jennifer Gonzalez

    May 9, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Amazing!! I’m just getting started!!

  86. Tina Tallman

    May 9, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    a-mazing accomplishment lady!

  87. Georga Mote Maloney

    May 9, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Great job!!

  88. Lauren Butts

    May 9, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    I love reading these! I need to start.

  89. Vikee Coy

    May 9, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Awe inspiring! It makes me feel like I can do it!

  90. MarLa Jandreau Landry

    May 9, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    what an inspiration!

  91. Kristie Winger

    May 9, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    WOW – amazing!! Well done.

  92. Gi Gi M

    May 9, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    wow I want something like thiiiiis

  93. April Patten

    May 9, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    WOW!!!

  94. Tiffany Perez

    May 9, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    I need to lose 165

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