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Weight Loss Success Story: I Lost 51 Pounds And Was Able To Breathe Freely

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I lost over 50 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. On New Year’s Day 1997, I stepped on the scale and realized I was at 196 pounds, my heaviest ever. I needed to lose weight. I also was taking several medications for asthma, which I have had all my life and runs in my family. My excess weight made the asthma worse. I decided to make some major changes. I wanted to lose 66 pounds naturally and healthfully and adopt healthy exercise and eating habits for life.

I started by making changes in my diet. I loved sweets, like cake and ice cream, and fast food, but I knew these foods could only be eaten in moderation. I cut out butter and margarine and added fruits, vegetables and lean meat. I also learned healthier food preparation methods, like grilling.

A friend showed me some basic exercises and I started walking three days a week with hand weights. At first, I could barely go for 10 minutes, but I built up endurance, increased my time and used heavier hand weights. I lost 10 pounds, mostly water weight, the first month.

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Three months later, I learned that strength training burns more calories than aerobic activity alone, so I bought a weight bench and free weights and started strength training at home. I lost weight and eventually joined a gym.

A year later, I lost my job and broke up with my fiancé. Both losses hit me hard, and I didn’t know how to deal with them. Since I lost two things I had focused much of my energy on, I made losing weight the new focus of my life. I skipped meals and sometimes exercised for three hours a day. I drank about 2 gallons of water daily, to stave off hunger. I thought it couldn’t hurt to drink so much water, but eventually I suffered from severe muscle cramps. After a visit to the emergency room, I found out that all the water I was drinking was flushing important minerals like potassium out of my body. I cut down on my water intake but continued exercising and skipping meals. The pounds, as well as some hard-earned muscle tone, came off, and in a few months I reached 125 pounds. People told me I didn’t look healthy, but I ignored them. Then one day I realized it hurt for me to sit in a chair because my bones stuck out, making me uncomfortable. I decided to stop my obsessive behavior and resumed eating three healthful meals and now I limit my water consumption to 1 liter a day. In six months, I gained back 20 pounds.

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Now I breathe easier and feel great. With determination, willpower and patience, extra weight can come off. Don’t expect it to happen quickly. Lasting results take time.

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