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Norman Merritt, 45, of Atlanta loses 50 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 | Norman Merritt, 45, of Atlanta loses 50 poundsFormer weight: 250 pounds

Current weight: 200 pounds

 

Pounds lost: 50

Height: 6 feet 3 inches

How long he’s kept it off: “It has been an ongoing and gradual process since late 2007,” he said.

Personal life: “I am a writer and instructional designer who works from home in Midtown Atlanta near Piedmont Park.”

Turning point: “There was no actual turning point,” he said. “As with so many people, the weight sneaked in bit by bit, inch by inch until one day I woke up and realized that I had had enough — enough gravy, enough grease, enough goodies.”

Diet plan: “I didn’t go for the quick fix. It’s a matter of slow change,” he said. “I’m a Southern boy; the first and hardest thing I did was cut out sweet tea. … I gradually worked in more changes on occasion [such as] baked not fried, low calorie instead of low fat.” He still eats what he wants but in moderation, and he doesn’t eat late at night.

Exercise routine: “I hate gyms, so I bought the Perfect Pushup, the Ab Lounge and, eventually, the Perfect Pullup. I do abs daily and use the other equipment every other day,” he said. “I threw in a couple of 5- to 25-pound adjustable weights for a few additional exercises. And I started walking wherever I could: grocery store, local restaurants and coffee shops.” He also walks three miles a day five days a week.

Biggest challenge: “Food, I love food,” he said. “When I go out to eat, which I often do, I have to realize that [appetizers and desserts] aren’t necessary. And my mother, like a good Southern woman, she’s an excellent cook, and when I go home to visit, it’s always: ‘… Have some more gravy. Have another biscuit. I made banana pudding [double boiler, not instant] for dessert. Take home the leftovers.’ ”

How life has changed: “All in all, I just feel better, and I feel better about myself,” he said. “I didn’t realize how self-conscious I was 50 pounds ago. The after picture was taken on my 45th birthday — still a work in progress but the most fit I’ve ever been.”

Source: AJC

Originally posted 2012-10-12 08:10:56. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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