Michelle Becoming a Triathlete
Taking on triathlons helped Michelle Williamson lose the belly fat to reveal her best body ever.
Name Michelle Williamson
Weight before 305
Weight after 150
The Gain: Overweight for most of her life, Williamson ate to overcome the pain of a bad family situation. “I was heavy for emotional reasons,” she says.
The Change: A back injury in 2000 left her with permanent nerve damage–and the resolve to take better care of herself.
The Life: After losing–and regaining–130 pounds in 1 year on a severe low-carb diet, Williamson joined eDiets. The weight came off with the help of an online support group and a more sensible diet (replacing simple carbs with complex carbs, cutting out saturated fats, and eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables). When she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis last year, the weight loss stalled until she channeled her anger into a positive pursuit: organizing coworkers to participate in a 150-mile bike race to benefit MS research. She now competes in triathlons and keeps her weight in check by running, swimming, and lifting weights three to four times a week. “I hope that this combination of healthy eating and exercise will help slow down the progression of the disease,” she says.
The Reward: “Almost every day someone tells me how good I look,” Williamson says. “They say I’m an inspiration.”
Measure your progress. “Get a tape measure and track inches lost. You can’t always measure fat loss on the scale.”
Indulge in healthy food. “Buy an expensive pint of raspberries in the middle of winter or smoked salmon for $12 a pound. It’s better to treat yourself to decadent healthy food than to deprive yourself.”
Recognize the symptoms. “You have to deal with the mental aspect of losing and gaining weight. You may be overweight for emotional reasons and might benefit from some sort of therapy.”
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