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Melissa Vidal Lost 100 Pounds Without Dieting

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Name: Melissa Vidal
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 | Melissa Vidal Lost 100 Pounds Without DietingAge: 26
Height: 5’6″
Before Weight: 260 pounds

How I Gained It: It started my first year of college. I was overwhelmed with change. I found comfort in bad eating habits during my rigorous studying. I would eat fast food at least four times a week, never incorporating vegetables or protein. I would eat two or three meals’ worth of food in one session. It was an excessive amount of food I was taking in.

After three years of my unhealthy habits, I had gained a total of 100 pounds. I didn’t realize what I was doing to myself. I would buy stretchy clothes or loose t-shirts. Every three months I would buy larger sizes.

Breaking Point: I developed polycystic ovary syndrome or PCOS and high blood pressure. I knew after this health reality check I needed to do something for myself and my future.

How I Lost It: I told myself this was going to be my new lifestyle. I did not want to say the word “diet.” I wanted to live in this new healthy mindset. It took me three years to gain my weight, I didn’t expect to lose it in three months.

There are no shortcuts; it took time and dedication. I slowly started adjusting my eating habits. I cut fast food from four times a week to only weekends. I made sure I ate every three hours to keep my metabolism moving.

Eventually, I became accustomed to eating healthy foods and no longer craved fried food. Sure, I would have my splurge days, but I would make sure I stayed active throughout the day.

After a few months of adjusting my diet, I incorporated exercise. I didn’t want to overdo it, so I set a slow pace for myself. I would walk around my apartment complex three to four times a week for 30 minutes. I would take the stairs instead of using elevators. After another month, I had lost 20 pounds. Then I started a workout program called Insanity and lost 30 pounds in the next two months. Today, I incorporate different interval training exercises to continue firming my body. I exercise four to five times a week for 45 minutes.

After two years of changing my diet and exercise, I reached my weight loss goal! Patience was the key. If you put your mind to it, you can do it. It is possible, but only when you are ready for change. You have to take your time and know what’s best for your body. Yes, it’s hard. Yes, sometimes you feel like giving up. But don’t! It will be all worth it in the end!

After Weight: 160 pounds

Source: Huffington Post

Originally posted 2014-02-04 21:30:11. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

55 Comments

  1. Amy

    July 9, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Ive been dealing with isluin resistance and pcos since 04 and I’ve tried almost everuthing and I do try to eat right I just have a hard time with being a hha and not having time to eat the right way. I don’t eat out a lot and if I do I go to subway. your story has made me relize that I need to try harder. ty u for sharing ur story

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  3. Randi Ann Richard

    April 19, 2016 at 11:31 pm

    Girl you are beautiful before and after but I bet you feel a hell of a lot better.

  4. Lisa L Warren Gray

    April 18, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    I just tried it again and I opened. I will try it again during lunch. Thank you!!

  5. Lisa L Warren Gray

    April 18, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    Nothing ever opens and it is a blank page while trying.

  6. The Weigh We Were.com

    April 18, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    Lisa L Warren Gray Nothing as in a ‘blank page’, or no window actually opens?

  7. Gisela L Guardado

    April 16, 2016 at 10:35 am

    I enjoy reading these stories because it gives me hope and keep working towards positive change.

  8. Denise Poh

    April 16, 2016 at 7:14 am

    How do one tone up the flappy skin especially the tummy?

    • Givingitall Ivegot

      April 16, 2016 at 10:06 am

      If you stretch your skin too far, you can’t without surgery

    • Denise Poh

      April 16, 2016 at 10:27 am

      The floppy tummy, losen due to weight loss, not so concerned about the stretch marks☺

    • Givingitall Ivegot

      April 16, 2016 at 3:56 pm

      I know. Stretch marks are just marks. But you can stretch your skin past the point of no return. No amount of exercise will make it smaller and tone up to be tight against the muscle. Stretch marks occur when weight has been gained too quickly and hasn’t been given time to naturally grow. What you’re referring to is what I call the “drop belly”. Where it becomes a fold even when you stand. And while weight loss will make it smaller and hide-able you will need surgery to remove the excess skin. Some health insurances will pay for it because it can become a health issue

    • Givingitall Ivegot

      April 16, 2016 at 3:58 pm

      But if you have a small stomach but loose skin from let’s say a baby. Then getting wraps and creams can help. But truly it’s lots of clean eating and exercise

  9. Vanessa Jack

    April 16, 2016 at 5:33 am

    Wonderful well done. But don’t mislead. This is dieting. You restricted what you did before and made changes. Others may get mislead by the heading.

  10. Deborah Rogers

    April 16, 2016 at 4:02 am

    Beautiful before and after. WOW

  11. Emma Gomez

    April 16, 2016 at 2:54 am

    Thank you for sharing,

  12. Sheri L. Westover

    April 16, 2016 at 2:09 am

    Wtg! I lost 100lbs as well. I did it by clean eating

  13. Katie Ann Prescott

    April 16, 2016 at 1:02 am

    You look amazing!

  14. Jeanne Landolfi DeMonte

    April 15, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    Congrats

  15. Theresa Padovano

    April 15, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    Good for you and congratulations

  16. Jeanne Belisle

    April 15, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    Oohhh i wishhh;( très difficile maigrir ……;(

  17. J'Nett Johnson

    April 15, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    I love success stories! Way To Go!

  18. Vivian Valiente

    April 15, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    Buena historia!!!

    Digna de imitar

  19. Nicki MacPhee

    April 15, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    You were beautiful before too 🙂

    • Tara Robinette

      April 15, 2016 at 7:20 pm

      I was thinking the same thing! I can’t open the link but picture on the left is radiant.

    • The Weigh We Were.com

      April 15, 2016 at 8:34 pm

      Tara Robinette what issues are you having when you click on the link?

    • Tara Robinette

      April 15, 2016 at 9:31 pm

      Thanks for checking. Must have been my connection, it wouldn’t open before but did now 😉

  20. Lauri Monteyne

    April 15, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    WTG you look amazing and are truly an inspiration!

  21. Cee Zendejas

    April 15, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    Congrats you look awesome.

  22. Phyllis Blottenberger

    April 15, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    Wow wonderful!

  23. Gwen Gilbert

    April 15, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    You look amazing!!! Congrats!!

  24. Michelle Reames

    April 15, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    Good for her! That’s how I’m doing it, too. Slow and steady.

  25. Joanne Lennon-Koronczyk

    April 15, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    Good for you! You look wonderful!

  26. Helen L. Price

    August 12, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    I really need that. Because it just seems so hard at time but I know I will be successful with my journey

  27. Toni Wilder Pate

    August 10, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    Encouraged! Thanks for sharing!

  28. Marc van Woesik

    August 9, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    She is more handsome when she was bigger

  29. Ruby Nena Tuesday

    August 9, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    Wow what a inspiration

  30. Shalonda

    August 9, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    You are truly an inspiration to me Melissa! I am very overweight. ..trying to fight it! You give me hope and courage to keep going! God bless you!

  31. Lynn Davis-Safdie

    August 9, 2015 at 11:20 am

    Melissa is beautiful heavy and thin. But i am sure she feels amazing since she lost the weight, she is now even more attractive and I am sure healthy. She is young and has her whole life ahead to enjoy.

  32. Smidge Laro

    August 9, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Great Job!

  33. Patricia Lowney

    August 9, 2015 at 10:57 am

    h

  34. Patricia Lowney

    August 9, 2015 at 10:57 am

    Wonderful ,,,.

  35. Joanne Lennon-Koronczyk

    August 9, 2015 at 10:41 am

    I love how you did it! You are gorgeous!

  36. Su'Rita Lanae

    August 9, 2015 at 10:13 am

    Beautiful!!!

  37. Jackie Altuna

    August 9, 2015 at 9:59 am

    Great story, very good attitude, thanks for sharing. Congratulations on your new healthy life!!

  38. Jessica Hatina Reed

    August 9, 2015 at 9:11 am

    The right way….the way that will last forever 🙂 way to go Melissa!!!!!

  39. Audrey Wheeler

    August 9, 2015 at 8:44 am

    <3

  40. Letetia Parker

    August 9, 2015 at 8:42 am

    Absolutely amazing!

  41. Tierra Nixon

    August 9, 2015 at 8:13 am

    thank u for sharing your story. I needed to hear this. I will try to follow a plan but I now know what to expect because of you..

  42. Laura Ives Hutto

    August 9, 2015 at 6:03 am

    Melissa you look amazing~so inspirational. I love that you weigh 160 and look that great. Some don’t believe that could be true, but I know it is, especially since you work out. You appear smaller than that, you’d expect the stats to say you weigh 130 or something. I am 5’7 and when I weighed 160 I was a size 12 but didn’t really work out like you do. You are giving a lot of people hope and they will see that they don’t need a super low weight loss goal.

  43. Wendy Swanepoel

    August 9, 2015 at 3:29 am

    well done

  44. Christi Kurkjian

    August 9, 2015 at 3:11 am

    Kati Kurkjian. Debbie Kurkjian.

  45. Shirley Garcia

    August 9, 2015 at 2:02 am

    You look great! I don’t believe you weigh 160 lbs, you look less than that. Either way, congratulations!

  46. Maria Vigil

    August 9, 2015 at 1:08 am

    Awsome !!

  47. Gail Holland

    August 9, 2015 at 12:57 am

    both pics u look stunning.

  48. Theresa Burks

    August 9, 2015 at 12:15 am

    Looks really happy with her changes…

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