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How I Lost 135 Pounds: Chris Loses The Weight Through A Gift From a Friend

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I lost 135 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!Name: Chris Waters

Age: Turned 40 in October


Height: 6 feet, 4 inches

Before Weight: 377 pounds

How I Gained It: I’ve been overweight all my life. Growing up, I was always the heavy one. I’ve always liked to eat, even from an early age. My family has a history of alcoholism and addiction, and I had an eating addiction. I ate to feel better. Pizza was always my downfall; I could eat a whole large pizza and not think a thing about it. I was also a regular at the all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet. I tended to make friends with people who could eat like me — they became my eating partners.

My mother was an overweight child, so she never wanted me to follow in her footsteps, but I did anyway. My mom was truly my best friend — we were very close. Unfortunately she passed away 13 years ago from colon cancer.

Breaking Point: I was never happy with my weight, but I remember one Christmas about five years ago when it really hit me. I was at my niece’s house for Christmas Eve, and I split her one-of-a-kind antique couch in half just by sitting on it. Sure, it was old and damaged anyway, but when it collapsed under me, it was really upsetting.

I didn’t do anything about it at that time, aside from trying another unsuccessful yo-yo diet. However, when my dad passed away two years ago, and I think that’s when I started thinking it was time. I was always the caretaker in the family, but I never took care of myself and I think that’s one of the reasons I got fat. Now that my dad was gone, I knew it was time to take care of me. Plus, I was nearing 40 and wanted to do something before that milestone.

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How I Lost It: My weight loss journey started with a nudge from a friend. On my 39th birthday, my dear friend Lauren bought me a gift certificate to a personal trainer. Lauren knew I wasn’t happy, so she said, “Let’s do this together.”

So a few days later, we started seeing Kelsey, our personal trainer, twice a week. It was horrible at first — I was in so much pain, and I hated it but kept going. Kelsey never put me on a diet; she just gave me guidelines, but I knew what I needed to do and started cutting the junk food out. I also started going to the gym four days a week on top of the two I spent with her.

Over time, I started to see results — I was slowly getting stronger and stronger. My life was busy, but I made time for one hour a day, six days a week for myself. I lost 20, 30, 40 pounds, and when I hit that 50-pound mark, I was amazed by the transformation.

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In May 2010, I ran my first 5k race in 36 minutes — I can’t even describe the sense of accomplishment when I crossed the finish line. That summer, I signed up for a summer boot camp, and I loved the fresh air and exercise. In fact, it helped me hit the 100-pounds-lost mark in early summer.

In October, I was given the American Heart Association award for Lifestyle Change for changing my lifestyle so drastically. I was on top of the world — I had been nominated by a coworker without knowing it. People around me were inspired, and some started working out with me. I became certified to teach spinning classes in the fall and now teach twice a week.

My life has truly come full circle — I am healthy and fit. Before losing weight, I had insulin-dependent diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, but I no longer have to take any medication. My trainer, Kelsey, is not just my lifesaver — she’s become a dear friend. I plan on becoming a personal trainer to do the same for others.

After Weight: 242 pounds

Chris is currently training for a half marathon, which he will run in May 2011.

Source: Thatsfit

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