100 Pounds Lost

Mark E. Teems loses 128 pounds

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Read his success story! Before and after male transformation and fitness motivation from men who hit their weight loss goals. They got THAT BODY with training and meal prep. Learn their workout tips get inspiration! | TheWeighWeWere.comFormer weight: 309 pounds

Current weight: 181 pounds

Pounds lost: 128 pounds

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Height: 6 feet 2.5 inches

Age: 47

How long he’s kept it off: Three months. He started in February 2010 and reached his goal in December.

Personal life: “I work as a material controller at Lockheed Martin Corp.,” Teems says. He has been married for 25 years and has two children age 23 and 17. He also has two dogs and a cat and lives in Powder Springs with his family.

Turning point: “I decided on February 22, 2010 that I wanted to stop being fat and unhealthy,” Teems says. “A friend told me about the 11-day diet.”

Diet plan: “I eat four small meals a day — never [eating] past 5:00 p.m.,” he says. When he was on the diet, for 11 days he ate combinations of his favorite foods. Then for three days he’d take a break and eat what he wanted. A typical day began with turkey and cheese slices and a garden salad. The second meal was usually chicken and pastrami slices; the third meal was sausage, peanuts and baked beans and the fourth meal was milk with hard-boiled eggs and apples. “I’m not on the diet at this time. I just eat smaller portions and exercise,” he says.

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Exercise routine: “I now walk an average of 10 miles a day, seven days a week,” he says. “I hike at Kennesaw Mountain when the weather permits. I do some weightlifting now.”

Biggest challenge: “It’s hard [skipping] meals with my family — they eat later than I do,” he says.

How life has changed: “I decided to stop actively dieting when I lost 140 pounds. I was being told by family, friends and co-workers that I was looking sickly. I am presently averaging between 180 to 185 pounds. [Before losing weight,] I had high blood pressure (150/100), asthma, sleep apnea and night sweats. Since my weight loss, I no longer take blood pressure medication… I have never felt better than I do now. One other by-product of my weight loss was that I grew a whole inch. I was 6 feet 1.5 inches before and 6 feet 2.5 inches at my last physical. My doctor attributed it to compression on my vertebrae lightening.”

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Source: AJC

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