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Saying Hello to a Size 6 and Goodbye to 170 lbs

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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 | Saying Hello to a Size 6 and Goodbye to 170 lbsDeborah Taylor lost 170 pounds—and stopped hiding under layers of clothes.

 

In 1990, Deborah Taylor tipped the scale at 320 pounds and hid under big, baggy clothes—even in summer. The Texas native had packed on pounds after being sexually assaulted earlier that year.

“The extra weight had become a security blanket to keep men from being attracted to me,” Deborah, now 38, says. But one day, in 2006, she realized that by holding onto the protective weight she was “still playing a victim.”

Before
So Deborah took control. She put herself on a 1,500-calorie-a-day diet and lost 15 pounds. Then she hired a personal trainer. With literally half her body to lose, Deborah and her trainer put together a 1,200-calorie diet. Over the next nine months, she worked up to power-walking a half-marathon and competing in endurance-cycling events—her new love.

In one year, Deborah reached her goal of 150 pounds and a size 6. And she celebrated by shopping for a two-piece bathing suit for the first time. “It was an absolute blast,” she says. “I’ve actually got a bikini-ready body!” What’s more, Deborah adds, she’s at peace in her own skin: “I feel like the real Deb is back!”

 

Before Now
Pounds: 320 150
Size: 32 6
Total lost: 170

 

Her gift 

Raleigh Bicycles is giving Deborah a 2009 Raleigh Supercourse Road Bike ($1,740), so she can keep biking for a long time to come. Congrats!

Sweet tooth? No problem!
Deborah couldn’t give up dessert altogether. (Who would?!) So she swapped crazy-high-calorie treats for lighter options. Her favorite: South Beach Living Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies. “Each one is packed with chocolate chips, and they’re prepackaged by two so you’re not tempted to overdo it,” Deborah says.

Try this motivating mantra
When faced with temptation, Deborah reminds herself “healthy people do not eat that” to help her stay on track. She found this tip and others in the book The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander.

Source: Health.com

Originally posted 2012-03-24 17:42:42. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

16 Comments

  1. Monica Goldsby

    April 26, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    I love her story.

  2. Venisea Navarrete

    April 26, 2015 at 10:05 am

    Awesome!

  3. Denice Wurtsmith Eggleton

    April 26, 2015 at 9:19 am

    Wow! Way to take control of your life back!!!!!!

  4. Lori Ruby

    April 26, 2015 at 7:56 am

    Great job

  5. Regina Johannah Tink Tink

    April 26, 2015 at 7:25 am

    Great job.

  6. Yolanda Reed-ludd

    April 26, 2015 at 5:47 am

    Congrats

  7. Sara Burgess

    April 26, 2015 at 3:08 am

    Sorry but 1200 cal diets are good for no one. Far too low for an active person

  8. Cathy Beaird Connell

    April 25, 2015 at 11:02 pm

    Great job!!!!

  9. Robin Villasenor Shealy

    April 25, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    Wishing I had the strength to do the same

  10. Deborah Fonseca

    April 25, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    Kourtney Jones if I can do it, you can do it

  11. Deborah Fonseca

    April 25, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    Kourtney Jones if I can do it, you can do it

  12. Kourtney Jones

    April 25, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    Proud of you Deborah Fonseca

  13. Audrey Rance

    April 25, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    Great Job ! God is good !

  14. Sheila Tashiro

    April 25, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    Awesome job

  15. John DalCanton

    December 22, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Divorced her husband ?

  16. Black Girls Do Bike

    December 22, 2013 at 5:48 am

    Yay cycling!

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