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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.comMy first panic attack came without provocation when I was on my honeymoon. One minute I was having a great time with my new husband and the next, I was consumed with uncontrollable fear. My heart was pounding and I was breathing hard and fast. Eventually, my husband helped me calm down, and when we returned home, I went to my doctor. He referred me to a psychologist, who concluded that the stress of planning the wedding, moving to a new house and adjusting to married life was the culprit and recommended that I start doing stress-reducing activities, such as exercise.

Unfortunately, I didn’t take her advice and handled my stress by isolating myself from members of my family and many of my friends. Over the next three years, the attacks became worse and I spent my days at home, cooking rich, high-fat foods, which I ended up eating by myself. I gained 35 pounds, and the weight gain depressed me. My panic attacks and depression eventually affected my marriage, and my husband and I divorced.

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I spent another three years in this vicious cycle of overeating, depression and isolation. By my 30th birthday, I was completely unhappy and unsatisfied with my life. At this time, I met the man who would become my second husband and he saw how miserable I felt. He suggested we join a gym just to see how my psyche would handle that. Having him nearby as I worked out gave me the sense of security I needed, and we started exercising four times a week. Although my workouts weren’t very intense – usually just walking on the treadmill – I felt 100 percent better and my anxiety decreased.

Soon, I moved on to aerobics classes, and after six months I had lost 15 pounds. Then I hit a plateau, and no matter how much I exercised, the scale didn’t budge. I talked to a nutritionist and learned that I also needed to change my eating habits. I cut out high-fat foods and started eating low-fat, whole-grain foods high in fiber. Almost immediately, I had more energy and lost 10 more pounds.

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Six months later, I hit a second plateau and consulted a trainer, who not only suggested I increase the intensity of my cardio workouts, but that I also start weight training to build lean muscle. I started doing a full-body strength program and found that even though I didn’t lose pounds on the scale, I lost several inches overall and felt fitter than ever before.

I haven’t had a panic attack in years, and I know that’s because I exercise regularly. If I feel like I’m going to have an attack, I take my dogs for a walk, do yoga or anything else to relax. I live a productive and fulfilling life, and family and friends are a regular part of my world. I’m finally in control of my mind and body, and life has never been better.

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