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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 | Showing it OffI always wanted a lean, fit, muscular physique, but when I was 18 years old and weighed 155 pounds at 5 feet 5 inches, I thought that dream was out of my reach. I hated the thought of exercise and I ate unhealthfully. For the next 10 years, I continued overeating and rarely exercised, and my weight rose to 180 pounds. When I turned 28, I started suffering from sharp, shooting pains in my knees. I went to my doctor thinking I had arthritis and asked himwhat I could do to relieve the pain. He immediately said, “Lose 45 pounds because that’s what is stressing your knees and causing the pain.” Until that moment, I didn’t realize how being overweight was affecting my health. I went home and found a Weight Watchers support group. I attended my first meeting a few days later. Instead of feeling self-conscious and out of place as I had expected, I felt welcome, as many of the people were like me or had been like me at one time. Through Weight Watchers, I learned that not only did I have to make healthier food choices, but that I also had to eat less. I started choosing more fish, chicken, soy and beans, while cutting out red meat. I began cooking without butter or oil and started filling three-fourths of my plate with green vegetables and the rest with whole grains and protein. Since I enjoyed cooking, I bought some lowfat cookbooks and learned how to cook more healthfully. The Weight Watchers program recommended that I exercise at least five times a week, so I found a gym with a variety of equipment and group exercise classes. My biggest hurdle was getting there, so I went right after work before I found an excuse to skip. Once I got to the gym, I loved it. I began with a low-impact aerobics class and then went to other classes, such as kickboxing and body shaping. I started seeing results within two months: My body felt smaller, and when I stepped on the scale I saw that I was 10 pounds lighter. I stayed with my new habits, and each week I was leaner and fitter and saw more definition in my arms and legs. After three months, I had lost 20 pounds and my weight loss slowed down to a rate of 2-4 pounds a month. I was frustrated and often vented at my Weight Watchers meetings. I learned that everyone hits plateaus and the best way to overcome them was to continue with my healthy habits and change some part of my exercise routine. I stuck with it, and two years later I had lost another 25 pounds. When I reached my goal, I rewarded myself with a pair of skintight black leather pants, something I always wanted to wear but never had the courage when I was a size 16. Now I wear a size 8 and I feel awesome. This makes my whole weight-loss journey worthwhile.

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Originally posted 2012-11-14 15:45:16. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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