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Real Weight Loss Success Stories: Laurie Overcame Emotional Eating And Lost 77 Pounds

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Laurie lost 77 pounds! See my before and after weight loss pictures, and read amazing weight loss success stories from real women and their best weight loss diet plans and programs. Motivation to lose weight with walking and inspiration from before and after weightloss pics and photos.Name: Laurie Swanson

Age: 36
Height: 5’10”
Beginning Weight: 321 pounds

How I Gained It: I have always thought of myself as fat, even when I wasn’t. I believe I became a chronic overeater as a child but was active enough that it didn’t really show until my early 30s. As the years went by, I kept gaining — from eating, of course. I could tell you that I have had a hard life and there was no other known way for me to cope. Well, my life wasn’t easy, but I knew what I was doing when I had those second lunches and those snacks after my second helpings at dinner. Even during my pregnancies, doctors warned me that I was gaining too much. I could tell you that I lost a child when he was 2 years old, and that I didn’t want to live after or about the other addictions that I have fought over the years. But while some of these things may have been contributing factors, none of them is a valid enough excuse for the sheer volume of food I pushed into my mouth on a daily basis. I ate whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. When no one was around to witness it, I could eat an entire family size bag of chips or a whole cake. I would feel such shame when I did these things, but I had no idea hot o stop. I would belittle myself all the time, but that made my eating worse. To me now, they were all self-destructive patterns that led me to my breaking point.

As if all of that wasn’t enough to help me become obese, a grapefruit-sized tumor was found on my right ovary. In September 2010, I had an emergency hysterectomy. After that, I really ballooned up. I was no longer active enough to burn any of the massive calories I was eating. I sat in my computer chair for as many hours a day as I could get away with, hiding from life and eating. With the weight and shame came depression, fatigue, insecurities and at times thoughts of just giving up on life all together. I didn’t want to leave my home. My hands would shake as I reached for the front door knob. I didn’t want people to see me like that.

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I knew that the pain in my knee was not really from an old injury but from weight. A horrible burning in my stomach began; a trip to the doctor told me I had acid reflux. I felt that the depression was worsening and began to realize that if I didn’t do something soon I would be dead, be it from diabetes, heart failure or my own hand. I was on the fast track to my own demise.

Breaking Point: I read about a new diet drug being approved by the FDA, and even though I knew it would be a terrible mistake for me to take a drug, I became excited that maybe it was my answer. I knew that even if the claims of the drug company were true, a pill wouldn’t be the answer for me, but I knew I needed to do something, and quickly.

At the bottom of one of the articles about the drug was a comment by William Anderson. I followed a link to his website and spent hours reading his blog and about his book, “The Anderson Method.” I felt something I hadn’t felt in quite sometime: hope.

How I Lost It: I first found “The Anderson Method” on March 23, 2012. My body and my life have changed tremendously since. I have lost almost 80 pounds and I am not done — I am trying to reach my goal of losing 180 pounds.

I document every thing I eat. I can eat the foods I like and still lose weight, but I find that I can eat more food when it is mostly fruits and vegetables. Two weekends per month I indulge in my favorites like pizza or Buffalo wings, but I only have a little instead of eating until I feel like I am going to explode, then waiting an hour before going back for more. I also have quit drinking soft drinks entirely. I enjoy coffee with fat-free creamer and a small amount of sugar and water.

One of the points I found on William Anderson’s website was that I didn’t need to exercise to lose weight. When I first discovered his plan, I was barely able to get myself out of bed each morning. I sincerely doubted that I would be able to work out. I did lose weight simply following the directions in his wonderful book. But after losing more than 60 pounds I began working up a sweat each day on my Wii Fit. After a few months of slowly becoming used to moving more, I sought out an exercise program. I joined an accountability website, was assigned a coach and soon after was invited into a fitness group that I love on Facebook. Every day I am a little better than I was the day before.

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Beginning to exercise was really pretty scary. I started off very slowly and gradually increased the exercises that I would do on the Wii Fit until finally I was maxing out on everything and clicking the “do it twice” button. Then one day my eye was caught by the Insanity infomercial. I was amazed by the results shown and wondered if I could do it. Later that same week, I noticed that a friend’s status on Facebook was about one of the Insanity workouts. I sent her a private message, and she responded with such wonderful information that I decided to give it a try. After about 35 minutes into my first Insanity workout, I got sick. But I completed the 63-day challenge in December and am extremely proud of myself. I stuck to it and pushed myself harder physically than I have ever pushed before.

I am losing weight, but gaining so much more. I have gained confidence, hope and happiness. I have gained friends and an inner sense of security. I will continue to lose weight, I will continue to better myself, I will continue to help others and I will continue to live. The weight loss, I have discovered, is only the beginning. I am not on a diet; I have changed my lifestyle. I am on a lifelong journey of self-discovery and improvement.

Current Weight: 244 pounds — and losing!

Source: Huffington Post

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