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Mall Walking Helped Single Mom Angela Lose 70 Pounds

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Read her success story! Before and after fitness success motivation from women who hit their weight loss goals and got THAT BODY with training and meal prep. Learn their workout tips get inspiration! | TheWeighWeWere.comName: Angela D. Myles

Age: 40


Height: 5 feet, 5 inches

Before Weight: 220 pounds

How I Gained It: I’d been overweight all of my life. I was an overweight child who grew up to become an overweight teen and eventually an overweight adult and constant yo-yo dieter.

I had very bad eating habits. For example, breakfast was two cinnamon buns and a large coffee that I picked up on my way to work. By the time I arrived, I would be hungry again so I’d buy a pack of pop tarts and a soda from the vending machine. In fact, I think I probably spent just as much time at the vending machine as I did at my work station. I was a huge fast food junkie and I absolutely loved my late night bowl of Vanilla Bean Ice Cream with Oreo Cookies. This wasn’t a once-in-a-while treat, by the way; I ate this every single night. My philosophy to eating was simple — I ate whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted, without any thought as to the amount of calories, sugar, sodium or fiber that was in the food.

Breaking Point: In August of 2002, I was told that I had type 2 diabetes. Plus, I had lost several family members due to complication from diabetes, so this was very frightening for me. I am a single mother and so I decided to do whatever I could to be healthy and alive for my son.

What made it even scarier is that I didn’t have any symptoms — it was discovered during a routine physical. My doctor noticed that the back of my neck was very dark, and she asked if my skin tone under my arm pits was dark as well. When I told her yes, she then asked if diabetes ran in my family. After that, she started running tests and I was diagnosed. From that point on, I decided that I was going to do whatever it took to take the weight off and keep it off.

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How I Lost It: Quite simply, I lost weight by following a 1,200-calorie-a-day diet that was recommended to me by a diabetic dietitian. I also drank lots of water — at least 64 ounces a day — and took up mall walking. Plus I made sure I never ate after 7 p.m. — which was very hard for me in the beginning. I used to eat all night long, and when I couldn’t snack, I would sometimes go to bed as early as 8 p.m.

I had to learn a lot about food, and this was not easy. I spent countless hours in the grocery store reading nutrition labels, but it has paid off — now I know what to look for. Because I have digestive issues, fiber is important to me — I will not buy anything that doesn’t have fiber in it because to me that’s nothing but junk food. These days, a typical breakfast is oatmeal with cinnamon and almond milk; lunch is usually a sandwich packed with produce; and dinner is fish, beans, rice and a salad. I snack on fruit instead of things from the vending machine.

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I grew up in a very mentally abusive and unemotional household, and changing my eating habits also helped me realize that I was an emotional eater. I used food as to comfort me and help me deal with my low self-esteem, but that’s changed. I now have a totally different outlook of myself; I truly and totally love myself and that is something that I could never say before.

In addition to walking, I also started doing yoga and Pilates and I fell in love with the classes so much that I’m considering becoming an instructor. I do an hour of yoga twice a week and Pilates once a week. I get my cardio workout from spin classes, which I do twice a week. All in all, I go to the gym five days a week.

Looking back I sometimes wonder how it was even possible to eat as poorly as I used to. Eating healthy changed how I view food. Nowadays, I pretty much know all of the nutritional information on the foods that I eat, and I no longer eat what I want but what’s good for me. In fact, my son calls me “The Health Food Nut.” I am in a much better place in my mind, body and soul.

After Weight: 155

Angela has maintained her weight loss for eight years.


Source: Thatsfit

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