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How I Lost 120 Pounds: Andrew Sheds The Weight For His Daughter

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Name: Andrew Salvaterra
I lost 120 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: 27
Height: 5’9″
Before Weight: 270 pounds at the start of my weight loss, but almost certainly higher before that

How I Gained It: Almost all of my adult life I have been out of shape. I was fully aware of this, and yet refused to do anything about it based on my fantasy that I could keep making the same poor lifestyle decisions (namely eating fast food constantly and not exercising), and magically one day I would just start to lose weight.

Breaking Point: In January 2011, my wife and I welcomed our daughter Giavanna into the world. It was at this moment that I realized that to be a good father to her, I needed to become the best version of myself that I possibly could be.

How I Lost It: As someone who had actively stayed away from working out and eating healthy, I had no idea where to start and felt completely overwhelmed by the task that lay in front of me.

Fortunately, in March of that year, a group of co-workers organized an office-wide “Biggest Loser” style competition. At first, my routine began with trying to cut down to eating fast food once a week, packing my own lunches with calorie counts taken into consideration and finding time at least twice a week to take walks. I now bring low-sodium soups or low-calorie frozen meals for lunch. I’ve switched from chips and soda to granola bars and water. Another aspect is dealing with “food days” around the office. This was a major pitfall to my health, and has been something that I have been able to limit through portion control and better decision making.

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Over the course of the three-month competition I managed to lose 50 pounds and win the contest. In the past year and a half, I have taken my weight loss total to 120 pounds. This original routine has evolved to removing fast food almost completely from my diet, playing with my daughter every opportunity I have and joining a gym. I usually make it to the gym twice a week. Currently, I like to spend an hour on various weight machines and free weights focusing on legs and lower body one day and arms and upper body the other day. After that, I will use a stationary bike for three to five miles, and I finish with running on the treadmill for three to four miles. Also, outside of the gym I try to find time at least once a week for a “workout” that is actually fun, like playing pickup basketball or soccer.

My weight loss will be a lifelong commitment but a major milestone was reached recently when I signed up for my first 5K run. To this point in my life I had — by choice — run exactly 0K. Much to my surprise, I not only completed the race, but finished in 24:33, good enough for 34th place out of over 200 runners.

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I wake up in the morning with more energy and happiness than I have ever had in my life. For anyone who says it isn’t possible, it can be done with determination, sweat and a reason to keep pushing.

After Weight: 145 to 150 pounds, depending on the week

Source: Huffington Post

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