Weight Loss Stories

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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 | You can do it!I hadn’t always been heavy. In fact, I had lost 70 plus pounds twice before. My weakness was fast food. It was always so quick & tasted so good! It doesn’t take that long to put all that weight back on when you get lazy & forget good habits.
My doctor had told me for years that I should lose weight because my blood pressure was consistently high. I always thought that just happens to old people. I was only 36 at the time. So I continued to eat poorly & didn’t exercise at all. My doctor even prescribed blood pressure medication for me & said I should take the initiative to make some healthy changes.
That was my turning point. I finally decided that she was right; I had to do something to change my life. I thought to myself, “If you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll get keep getting what you’re getting.” I was much too young to have a blood pressure problem; especially due to something I could control, like bad habits.
When I started my lifestyle changes, my cholesterol was 195. That was a pretty high number for a young person. My BMI was 33.3. I was considered obese. My situation was totally unacceptable. I was angry at myself for letting all these bad habits get so out of control.
I began to research what foods I should be eating to turn myself around. I discovered what proper portion sizes looked like. I was learning about fats, fiber, sugar, carbs & proteins. I threw away all the junk food, replaced it with whole wheat bread, skim milk, & lots of fruits & vegetables. I stopped going to fast food places & started walking on the treadmill that had been just sitting there.
The first 3 months were really hard. My body & mind were not used to this drastic change in lifestyle. I had an especially hard time with vegetables. But I kept going, making healthier food choices & walking every day. Eventually these changes began to get easier. I had found a routine & was feeling better about myself. The pounds were almost falling off!
One year later, I had lost 78 pounds. This was something I had done twice before, but this time was different. I had made permanent lifestyle changes that I could stick with for the rest of my life. Later, I discovered I really like jogging! Who knew jogging could be fun?! I’ve now lost a total of 92 pounds & am healthier than I have ever been! I take no medication, my blood pressure is great, cholesterol is a healthy 150, & my BMI is 18.1. I’ve kept it off for over 6 ½ years!
What works for me is a consistent routine: Oatmeal with fruit for breakfast, salad with chicken & vegetables for lunch, fish, chicken, or turkey for dinner, snacks of beans, vegetables, nuts, fruit, and nonfat yogurt. Before dining out, I check the menu online to determine healthy options. I also exercise most days, enjoying walking or jogging at the park.
I love to help & encourage my friends to eat healthier & become more active. Oftentimes they come to me for advice on food choices. It makes me happy knowing I can make a difference in someone’s life! I’ve been there & I’m never going back!

 

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