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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.comWhen I was younger, people considered me a “husky” or “chunky” girl. My diet consisted of high-fat, high-calorie, unhealthful foods and I didn’t exercise or make an effort to control my weight. Years later, at my wedding, I wore a size 14 dress and weighed 175 pounds. Two years later, my husband and I decided to start a family, and by that time I had gained 25 pounds. My doctor advised me to lose at least 25 pounds before I attempted to become pregnant. At age 24, that was the motivation I needed to make changes in my life. I cut out fried foods, whole milk and mayonnaise and followed a low-fat diet. To satisfy my sweet tooth, I turned to low-fat cookies and cakes and monitored my portion sizes. Once a week, I treated myself to my favorite meal so I wouldn’t feel deprived. I also started exercising regularly for the first time in my life. With the help of a co-worker who was a runner, I started a walking routine during my 30-minute lunch break. On the first day, I could hardly walk half a mile without gasping for breath. My form was terrible – I could barely walk upright and maintain an effective pace. But with the encouragement and support of my co-worker, I kept exercising and increased my distance each day. In six months I lost 40 pounds as a result of exercise and healthful eating habits. Unfortunately, as I reached my fitness goals, my marriage began to crumble. My husband and I grew apart and divorced before we could start the family I had always dreamed of. The anxiety of the separation caused me to lose my appetite and another 30 pounds. I eventually got down to 130 pounds, but I looked unhealthy since I didn’t have any muscle tone. Six months later, I started to heal the pain of my divorce and decided to become healthy, both emotionally and physically. I joined a gym and started weight training, which helped me add muscle to my bones. I eventually gained back 20 of the 30 pounds I had lost, but this time much of it was in the form of muscle. About a year ago, I started rock climbing to shake up my routine and challenge myself. After losing weight, I realized that there is nothing I can’t accomplish, as long as I have a positive outlook. I’m now at 150 pounds and my body is much firmer and stronger than ever before. Emotionally, exercise helped repair my self-esteem and made me feel better about myself. I’m now engaged to a wonderful man who understands what I’ve been through, supports me and is proud of my achievements. My next goal is to become a certified fitness instructor and help others become fit and healthy. I know what others are going through and I want to inspire them to reach their fitness goals.

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