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Real Weight Loss Success Stories: Peggy Dropped The Weight And Overcame Cancer

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I lost the weight! See my before and after weight loss pictures, and read amazing weight loss success stories from real women and their best weight loss diet plans and programs. Motivation to lose weight with walking and inspiration from before and after weightloss pics and photos.When Peggy Skaggs decided to take control of her weight, her husband followed suit. Now fitness is a family affair



My Story

Jeff and I have been married for more than 20 years, and for most of that time, eating was our favorite hobby–and it showed. We’d easily polish off almost 3 pounds of beef at dinner! I was busy being a mom to our teenage son–I didn’t think my weight (185 pounds) was worth worrying about. So when my friend Marcy begged me to go with her to a personal trainer, I thought she was joking. I was almost 40, and I’d never done anything athletic in my life.

Fat Was Not My Fate!

But I agreed to go–for her. I dreaded every minute of it. My husband, who hadn’t exercised since playing baseball in college 22 years before, just laughed. Then, one day Marcy couldn’t make it. I was so relieved–but I went anyway. That’s when I realized I was doing this for myself. I didn’t like working out, but I loved how I felt after. And I was seeing results: I could do a sit-up and jog three whole blocks.

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Food for Thought

I wasn’t losing weight, though, and so my trainer suggested I follow the USDA’s food pyramid–lots of produce and whole grains, not as much meat and dairy, and few sweets and oils. I wrote down everything I ate and let her review it weekly.

Over the next 8 months, I steadily dropped pounds–about 1 to 2 per week. Jeff encouraged me but never joined in. Then, a year and a half after I began exercising, it hit him that even a walk around the block was painful. Thanks to arthritis, old injuries, and his weight, the athlete I’d married could barely walk a quarter mile.

The Comeback Hubby

Jeff asked if my trainer could review his diet, too. I was shocked! He’d been mindlessly eating 5,000 calories a day for years–now our grocery bills plummeted. Five months later and 50 pounds lighter, Jeff walked 1 mile, slowly. Within weeks he’d worked up to a brisk 12-minute-mile. One evening while our family was out, Jeff broke into a sprint. Our son grabbed me and said, “Mom, did you see that? Dad just ran!” Through my son’s eyes, I realized that the transformation Jeff and I shared was a victory for our whole family.

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Eat fewer sweets. I realized that I’d eaten enough pie for a lifetime. It’s okay to sometimes skip dessert.

Master the menu. I eat out a lot, so learning how to order healthy dishes (such as grilled chicken, lean beef, and fish) helped me succeed.

Challenge yourself. I exercised for the first time in my life! Now, I do weights, the elliptical or treadmill, and more.

Know when to stop. My mantra was, “I can eat whatever I want, but I can never eat all that I want.” Actually, Jeff came up with that one, but I love it.

Enjoy your energy. We’d always been couch potatoes. Now we spend our evenings planning all the stuff we finally feel good enough to do: travel, go camping, hike, and host parties.

Appreciate your new health. My weight loss helped me overcome thyroid cancer. I was diagnosed 2 years after I slimmed down. Had I still been heavy going into my surgery, I’d have been at a much higher risk of complications.


Source: Prevention

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