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Little Changes, Big Results

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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 | Little Changes, Big ResultsWhen I married at age 23, I weighed 140 pounds, which was average for my height and body frame. In an effort to impress my new husband with my homemaking skills, I made rich, high-fat breakfasts, lunches and dinners, and rarely exercised, gaining 20 pounds in a year. Before I could even think of making an effort to lose weight, I became pregnant with my first child.

I had a normal pregnancy and gained another 40 pounds. Unfortunately, the baby developed a rare brain disease in utero and was stillborn. My husband and I were devastated, and spent the next year grieving our loss. I became pregnant again the following year and I delivered a healthy boy. I had two more children over the next two years, and by the time my youngest daughter was 3 months old, my 200-plus-pound body barely fit into size-18/20 clothes. I felt completely out of shape and run-down — I couldn’t even walk up a flight of stairs with my baby without getting winded. I couldn’t imagine living this way for the rest of my life and resolved to get healthy, once and for all.

At first, I trimmed portion sizes at mealtimes, which was an adjustment since I was used to eating huge plates of food at each meal. Next, I added exercise. I didn’t want to go through the hassle of finding a baby sitter every time I wanted to work out, so I bought aerobics tapes to do at home. I could squeeze in a workout when the kids took their naps or during their playtimes. With these changes, I lost 25 pounds in four months and felt better than I had in years.

I educated myself about nutrition and exercise and made further changes in my diet. I cut out highly processed foods and added whole grains, egg whites and lots of fruits and vegetables. I also began eating six small meals a day, which kept me more energized and prevented overeating. I also learned the importance of strength training, and I exercised with aerobics tapes that used weights. I weighed and measured myself each month, and now, three years later, I weigh 120 pounds.

I’m in the best shape of my life. I have more than enough stamina to keep up with three kids, all under the age of 10. This energy has given me a positive attitude toward life and the courage to try new things. I developed better relationships with my family and friends. I now feel stronger and healthier. I walk with confidence, not shame.

People often ask me for advice on losing weight, and I tell them that you have to commit to nutrition and exercise for the rest of your life. Find a plan that works for you and you’ll be surprised at what your mind and body can accomplish.

Workout schedule Tae-Bo aerobics, mountain biking, walking, kayaking or running: 30 minutes/2-3 times a week

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