100 Pounds Lost

Before And After: Avis Lost An Amazing 151 Pounds!

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I lost over 100 pounds! Read my weight loss success story at the inspiration weightloss website The Weigh We Were.  Beautiful black women losing weight with clean eating habits, lifestyle changes, meal plans and diet programs. Before and after African American pictures, motivation, fitspo and workout gym tips. AT THE BEGINNING: Food was my comfort.

Every time I was disappointed or sad or happy or whatever, I used food as my source of comfort to relax me.

Before I knew it, my weight just started spiraling out of control.

THE TURNING POINT: The day after Thanksgiving, my mom went to work and I just sat on the sofa all day watching television.

When she came back home from work eight hours later, I was still sitting in that same spot.

She said, “Avis, I feel like I’m going to have to take care of you instead of you take care of me.” I started crying. I didn’t realize how the weight was taking a toll on my health.

She said I was gasping for breath. She could hear me actually breathing. And when I flew home back to Atlanta, I started thinking about my health problems that I was having. I was tired, out of breath when I was moving around and trying to figure out what I could do to save my life.

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I joined Weight Watchers.

One of the leaders, she grabbed me and hugged me I and gave me the extra TLC that I needed to help me be successful.

I ended up losing 151 pounds.

A WOMAN REBORN: The weight loss experience has really got me out of the box so to speak. Once I started the fitness and losing weight and having new friends and different relationships and activities, I started coming back into myself again. Just the way I feel about myself, the energy that I have. It’s different things that I didn’t think I could do when I was heavy. I have a job now that I love. They actually pay me for having fun. I work in the cosmetic area at Belk Department Store in fragrances and I work in all the different bays – Clinique, Lancôme, Estee Lauder. And I feel at 300 pounds, I wouldn’t have been able to have the self-esteem and energy and confidence that I needed to actually sell the product.

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FINDING BLISS: I just feel so good. Every day, I’m just happy when I wake up and work on the job that I really, really love. It’s good. I didn’t know life could be this much fun at 53. I didn’t. I really feel 23.

KEYS TO MY SUCCESS: Weight Watchers. Exercising with friends.

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