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Jaime Coakley Cut Out Processed Foods And Lost 75 Pounds

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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 | Jaime Coakley Cut Out Processed Foods And Lost 75 PoundsName: Jaime Coakley

Age: 27
Height: 5’7″
Before Weight: 210 pounds

How I Gained It: I always say that I have been dieting for as long as I can remember. Like many people, I am an emotional eater. Ice cream was always my biggest comfort. After a bad day at school, I would make myself a big ice cream sundae to make myself feel better. I was somewhat active in high school, being on the track and golf teams. At home, my mom always made mostly healthy food, but when I went away to college a whole new world of fatty food was opened to me. I drank soda at every meal, ate lots of pizza and drank lots of beer. I got a bar tending job my senior year, and that’s when the pounds really started to pack on. I worked all night and slept all day and because of those hours, I never wanted to do anything active. Things didn’t get any better when I met my fiancé and moved to another city. We ate out for almost every meal, mostly at fast food restaurants. I had many failed attempts at weight loss. I tried every fad diet under the sun. I had some success, but the weight always came back.

Breaking Point: I hated my body. Whenever I looked in the mirror, I felt like I was wearing a fat suit, that it wasn’t really me. I hated being in pictures, so when I was asked to be a bridesmaid in a friend’s wedding, I decided to order my dress a size smaller to motivate me to make some changes. Weeks went by, and I had done nothing. I finally got the dress in the mail, and it was way too small. I could barely fit into it. That was really the catalyst. I joined a gym near my office and signed up for a personal trainer in an absolute panic.

How I Lost It: I decided to change my whole mindset about weight loss. I wanted to stop counting calories and depriving myself. I stopped trying to find the quick magic cure and focused on what really works — good, old-fashioned hard work. I read everything I could get my hands on about healthy weight loss and nutrition. I decided that I would start eating clean, whole foods. I cut out most processed foods and cooked every meal that I ate. Every day at my lunch break from work, I would go to the gym and work out for 40 minutes, then eat my lunch at my desk when I got back. I was seeing my personal trainer twice a week as well.

The more success I had, the more dedicated I became. It is hard work. Preparing and cooking all your own meals is like a second job! But by the time my friend’s wedding came around, the dress was a little too big on me!

I didn’t stop there. My own wedding was coming up, and I wanted to look back on the pictures and be proud of what I had accomplished. Once my fiancé started to see the changes in me, he was motivated to start eating healthfully and working out, too.

I stopped seeing the personal trainer but joined a boot camp class, and now I really enjoy working out and pushing myself. I always have one cheat meal, on Fridays, where I eat something I have been craving all week. Weight loss really comes down to how bad you want it, how much you are willing to make yourself a priority. I know that this will be with me for my lifetime.

After Weight: 135 pounds

Source: Huffington Post

Originally posted 2014-02-05 06:54:27. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

4 Comments

  1. Michelle Gearin

    September 2, 2015 at 11:19 am

    Wish I had the willpower awesome

  2. Ofelia Nuño

    September 1, 2015 at 10:58 pm

    Awesome story!

  3. Tammy Hale-Mohr

    September 1, 2015 at 7:25 am

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing so motivating!!

  4. Yolanda Reed-ludd

    September 1, 2015 at 6:13 am

    You look great

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