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Julie Nguyen Quit Smoking Cold Turkey To Be Able To Run And Lost 105 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 | Julie Nguyen Quit Smoking Cold Turkey To Be Able To Run And Lost 105 PoundsName: Julie Nguyen

Age: 31
Height: 5’1″
Before Weight: 245 pounds

How I Gained It: I have been “chubby” all my life. My parents separated when I was very young, so growing up I ate a lot of fast food and TV dinners. Even in my young-adult years, I still ate boxed dinners and preserved foods. I often drank soda and juice because I didn’t like water. I became obese after I moved from southern California to Seattle. I was stuck in an unhealthy relationship and turned to food for comfort with little to no exercise. Depression set in.

Breaking Point: I had back pain, shortness of breath and I had lost all self-esteem.

How I Lost It: It started by taking walks on my breaks and at lunchtime at work. I started to eat less and seek healthier options. I cut out sugary beverages and focused on portion control. I immediately felt better about myself. Every pound lost was motivation to keep going. Setting small, short-term goals, like five or 10 pounds, was easier to achieve than 50, and I would reward myself for each small success. I accepted falling off the wagon if I got right back on.

After I lost my first 30 pounds or so, a friend suggested I join a gym with her. I was hesitant and self-conscious. The thought of working out in a gym with “Kens” and “Barbies” made me uncomfortable. However, my friend took me to the local YMCA, which was a more family-friendly environment. We joined, and I started working out with her. I was having fun and taking classes like Zumba. The weight started to melt off, and I was down 30 to 40 more pounds. Once I hit a plataeu, I pushed harder or tried something new. I decided to partake in my first 5K run/walk. In training for this, I quit smoking, cold turkey. I was a routine smoker for 14 years with no plans to quit, until it became a choice between running and smoking. I wanted to finish that race more than I wanted to continue my bad habits.

Then I started to cook healthfully and rewarded myself only occasionally. I incorporated fresh fruits and veggies and limited carbs. Small snacks every couple hours helped keep me from being hungry and kept me energized. I started cooking lean meats and eating them with a large salad. Within a few more months I had lost a total of 100 pounds!

I never counted calories. I plan meals for the week on Sundays. I allow myself to eat more freely on weekends in moderation with exercise. I traded in my bad habits for good ones. It’s a complete lifestyle change, but well worth it.

I am more athletic now than I ever thought I could be. I go to bootcamp workouts, hiking, to hot yoga. I change up my routine so my body doesn’t get acclimated. Physical activity and health is a priority for me. My attitude toward life has completely changed. I am a positive and happy person, no longer anxious or self-conscious. I love inspiring others. I feel that if I can do it, so can you. Before, I thought I had every reason to fail. But here I am. I am finally comfortable in my own skin. I feel proud of myself (which says a lot). I feel like I can do anything I set my mind to! I know I’m not perfect, but I no longer feel the need to be.

After Weight: 140 pounds

Source: Huffington Post

Originally posted 2014-02-05 06:24:01. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

17 Comments

  1. Linda Jo Royal

    November 15, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    Beautiful, and inspiring! Just lovely, Julie!

  2. DebRocka LoveZumbatoo Williams-Hangen

    November 15, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    Congratulations!!!

  3. Shawna Sharrock

    November 15, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Great job Julie !!!!!

  4. Teresa Boyle

    November 15, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Wow

  5. Lucy Wong Rainey

    November 15, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Wow!!! You’re such a babe!!!! So proud of you!!!

  6. Dawn Prewitt

    November 15, 2014 at 6:23 am

    Beautiful

  7. Donna Miller

    November 15, 2014 at 12:28 am

    Wowza!!!!

  8. Tara Chavaries

    November 14, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    Wow! Thats hard work…good job.

  9. Ilo Sanders

    November 14, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    Awesome!

  10. MyWorld Djsanji

    November 14, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    Beautiful!!!

  11. Christine Perez

    November 14, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    You look amazing. Thank you for sharing.

  12. Madelyn Bandermann

    November 14, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    Good job!!

  13. Annessa Sonny

    November 14, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    amazing job

  14. Jennifer Hunt Baird

    November 14, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Yeah me too! Happy for her though.

  15. Jul Rivas

    November 14, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    I need to learn to not use food for comfort

  16. Roberta Germain

    November 14, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Amazing

  17. Alicia Bearyman

    November 14, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    You go girl looking good!!

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