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Mel Slimmed Down Before 40

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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: Melissa “Mel” Joulwan

Age: 41


Height: 5’4″

Before weight: 192

How I gained it: My family owned a diner when I was growing up, so food is really a big thing with us. I like to eat! And I can eat a lot, especially bread, pasta and rice. I exercised fairly regularly, but not enough to overcome my indulgent eating habits. I also had a consistency problem: I’d go like gangbusters for a while, then “fall off the wagon.”

Breaking point: A friend took a photo of me at a picnic. I looked puffy and uncomfortable and very unhappy. That was it for me. I couldn’t bear the thought of spending the rest of my life hating my body and wishing to be different. I used the year leading up to my 40th birthday to change my habits and transform myself.

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How I lost it: I did everything I could think of that made sense to me, and I was relentless about it — and I still am. The work doesn’t end when you get to goal weight. I do Weight Watchers and the Zone together, keep a food/exercise log every day, and I do CrossFit workouts and run five to six times per week. I also write a blog that holds me accountable to my readers, so there’s no cheating!

After weight: 145

Mel has maintained her weight loss since November 2008.


Source: Thatsfit

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