Name: Melissa Vidal
Before Weight: 260 pounds
How I Gained It: It started my first year of college. I was overwhelmed with change. I found comfort in bad eating habits during my rigorous studying. I would eat fast food at least four times a week, never incorporating vegetables or protein. I would eat two or three meals’ worth of food in one session. It was an excessive amount of food I was taking in.
After three years of my unhealthy habits, I had gained a total of 100 pounds. I didn’t realize what I was doing to myself. I would buy stretchy clothes or loose t-shirts. Every three months I would buy larger sizes.
Breaking Point: I developed polycystic ovary syndrome or PCOS and high blood pressure. I knew after this health reality check I needed to do something for myself and my future.
How I Lost It: I told myself this was going to be my new lifestyle. I did not want to say the word “diet.” I wanted to live in this new healthy mindset. It took me three years to gain my weight, I didn’t expect to lose it in three months.
There are no shortcuts; it took time and dedication. I slowly started adjusting my eating habits. I cut fast food from four times a week to only weekends. I made sure I ate every three hours to keep my metabolism moving.
Eventually, I became accustomed to eating healthy foods and no longer craved fried food. Sure, I would have my splurge days, but I would make sure I stayed active throughout the day.
After a few months of adjusting my diet, I incorporated exercise. I didn’t want to overdo it, so I set a slow pace for myself. I would walk around my apartment complex three to four times a week for 30 minutes. I would take the stairs instead of using elevators. After another month, I had lost 20 pounds. Then I started a workout program called Insanity and lost 30 pounds in the next two months. Today, I incorporate different interval training exercises to continue firming my body. I exercise four to five times a week for 45 minutes.
After two years of changing my diet and exercise, I reached my weight loss goal! Patience was the key. If you put your mind to it, you can do it. It is possible, but only when you are ready for change. You have to take your time and know what’s best for your body. Yes, it’s hard. Yes, sometimes you feel like giving up. But don’t! It will be all worth it in the end!
After Weight: 160 pounds
Source: Huffington Post
Ive been dealing with isluin resistance and pcos since 04 and I’ve tried almost everuthing and I do try to eat right I just have a hard time with being a hha and not having time to eat the right way. I don’t eat out a lot and if I do I go to subway. your story has made me relize that I need to try harder. ty u for sharing ur story
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Girl you are beautiful before and after but I bet you feel a hell of a lot better.
I just tried it again and I opened. I will try it again during lunch. Thank you!!
Nothing ever opens and it is a blank page while trying.
Lisa L Warren Gray Nothing as in a ‘blank page’, or no window actually opens?
I enjoy reading these stories because it gives me hope and keep working towards positive change.
How do one tone up the flappy skin especially the tummy?
If you stretch your skin too far, you can’t without surgery
The floppy tummy, losen due to weight loss, not so concerned about the stretch marks☺
I know. Stretch marks are just marks. But you can stretch your skin past the point of no return. No amount of exercise will make it smaller and tone up to be tight against the muscle. Stretch marks occur when weight has been gained too quickly and hasn’t been given time to naturally grow. What you’re referring to is what I call the “drop belly”. Where it becomes a fold even when you stand. And while weight loss will make it smaller and hide-able you will need surgery to remove the excess skin. Some health insurances will pay for it because it can become a health issue
But if you have a small stomach but loose skin from let’s say a baby. Then getting wraps and creams can help. But truly it’s lots of clean eating and exercise
Wonderful well done. But don’t mislead. This is dieting. You restricted what you did before and made changes. Others may get mislead by the heading.
Beautiful before and after. WOW
Thank you for sharing,
Wtg! I lost 100lbs as well. I did it by clean eating
You look amazing!
Good for you and congratulations
Oohhh i wishhh;( très difficile maigrir ……;(
I love success stories! Way To Go!
Digna de imitar
You were beautiful before too 🙂
I was thinking the same thing! I can’t open the link but picture on the left is radiant.
Tara Robinette what issues are you having when you click on the link?
Thanks for checking. Must have been my connection, it wouldn’t open before but did now 😉
WTG you look amazing and are truly an inspiration!
Congrats you look awesome.
You look amazing!!! Congrats!!
Good for her! That’s how I’m doing it, too. Slow and steady.
Good for you! You look wonderful!
I really need that. Because it just seems so hard at time but I know I will be successful with my journey
Encouraged! Thanks for sharing!
She is more handsome when she was bigger
Wow what a inspiration
You are truly an inspiration to me Melissa! I am very overweight. ..trying to fight it! You give me hope and courage to keep going! God bless you!
Melissa is beautiful heavy and thin. But i am sure she feels amazing since she lost the weight, she is now even more attractive and I am sure healthy. She is young and has her whole life ahead to enjoy.
I love how you did it! You are gorgeous!
Great story, very good attitude, thanks for sharing. Congratulations on your new healthy life!!
The right way….the way that will last forever 🙂 way to go Melissa!!!!!
thank u for sharing your story. I needed to hear this. I will try to follow a plan but I now know what to expect because of you..
Melissa you look amazing~so inspirational. I love that you weigh 160 and look that great. Some don’t believe that could be true, but I know it is, especially since you work out. You appear smaller than that, you’d expect the stats to say you weigh 130 or something. I am 5’7 and when I weighed 160 I was a size 12 but didn’t really work out like you do. You are giving a lot of people hope and they will see that they don’t need a super low weight loss goal.
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You look great! I don’t believe you weigh 160 lbs, you look less than that. Either way, congratulations!
both pics u look stunning.
Looks really happy with her changes…