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How I Lost 190 Pounds: Keith And Amanda Lose The Weight Together

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Name: Amanda and Keith Flick
I lost 190 pounds! Read my weight loss success story and see my before and after weight loss pictures at the website The Weigh We Were. Hundreds of success stories, articles and photos of weight loss diet plans for men, tips for how to lose weight for men. Build muscle and lose belly fat with healthy male weight loss transformation pics for inspiration!Age: Amanda: 31, Keith: 33
Height: Amanda: 5’2″, Keith: 5’8″
Before Weight: Amanda: 223 pounds, Keith: 265 pounds

How I Gained It: We both have struggled with our weight most of our lives. We never cooked, ate out almost every night. Alcohol and junk were big parts of our diets.

Amanda’s Breaking Point: I wanted to be an athlete. I was tired of sleeping in all day and feeling worthless because I was never active. I woke up one Sunday at 1 p.m. and realized that I had wasted so much of my day. Also, complications with my autoimmune disease called CREST syndrome had started to worsen. I knew it was up to me to improve my quality of life.

How She Lost It: Running was the first step. I made a New Year’s resolution to run a 5K. I started dieting and working out with a Jillian Michaels DVD and the elliptical machine. That following June, I ran my first 5K. After a knee injury, I took time off from running and gained 15 of the 50 pounds back. I called a personal trainer for an intervention! From there, my weight loss really took off, and I completed my first full marathon in Chicago on October 13, and now I am actually a personal trainer at the gym!

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Our newest adventure is CrossFit. I go online and attempt the workout of the day. I’ve found a passion and new hobby that keeps me happy and healthy! I’m living a life better than I had ever imagined. Instead of staying up late and sleeping all day, I’m at the gym by 5 a.m. I’ve traded beer, cigarettes and junk food for water, running shoes and clean eating! I never thought about being a personal trainer, but was encouraged by my trainer and gym friends to go for it. I absolutely love it and realized I have a passion for it.

Keith’s Breaking Point: After about a year of watching Amanda lose weight and get healthy, I knew I had to do something because she was looking better and better, and I had to step it up! I ordered a shirt and couldn’t wear it because it was too small. I was smoking cigarettes and still eating fast food. I felt tired and unhealthy all the time. When I did something as little as bending over to tie my shoes, I couldn’t breathe!

How He Lost It: I started eating better immediately and did the elliptical until that became too easy. At that point, I downloaded the Couch to 5K plan and started running. Then around the 200-pound mark, I decided to work out at the gym too. When Amanda started her personal training, I was her guinea pig. I now run three days a week and she trains me twice a week!

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I feel generally good all the time now. I had high blood pressure, high cholesterol and sleep apnea. All of those problems are gone now. I used to have blood sugar issues that never bother me anymore. And now when I bend over to tie my shoes — I can breathe! Because of Amanda’s autoimmune disease, she has to eat a very strict diet, and I’ve found enjoyment in the challenge of seeking out new and healthy meals for the both of us. A healthier lifestyle has even helped me want to better others areas of my life: I now have the drive and energy to go back to school to finish my degree. I cook all of our meals and help Amanda with all the chores around the house.

After Weight: Amanda: 123 pounds, Keith: 175 pounds

Source: Huffington Post

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