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I am totally inspired! This mom of two laced up her running shoes and slowly but surely ran her way to a healthier weight. She started taking boot camp classes and sought counseling to deal with her emotional issues. Return to the first exercise and perform five reps, then do five reps of the second exercise. Congrats and thanks for sharing your story!
Started going to boot camp five mornings a week, and was motivated to stick with it thanks to the camaraderie. She also kept a food journal, swapping chips for veggies along the way, and dropped pounds in just under a year. Briarwood, New York Now: Starting cooking healthy meals and using a scale and food journal to track everything she ate. Carmen also started walking, and two months later she was logging 10, steps a day.
Inspired by watching the Ironman World Championship on TV Kim started exercising, working up to minutes, five days a week. She ate small meals five times a day and eventually shed 60 lbs. Then, along with her husband, she scaled 19, feet of Mt. Kilimanjaro, something she said she never could have done if she hadn't lost the weight. Tried new routines at the gym like spinning, weight lifting, yoga, and cycling, and learned how to make healthier choices at restaurants.
After a series of illnesses, Katherine's weight shot up by 20 pounds, but she picked up walking and running and even ran her first 5K! After struggling to lose the baby weight after her second pregnancy, Alisha started following the Nutrisystem eating plan and joined a gym. Today she takes spinning classes and runs with her husband and says she feels stronger than ever! New York City Now: Adopted our CarbLovers Diet plan, and upped her cardio to five or six workouts a week, plus two or three strength training sessions.
Ashley bought a cheap treadmill and worked out at home until she felt comfortable enough to join a gym. She cut back on fast food and ate small meals throughout the day. She also kept a blog to track her weight loss. Now she's less than half her size! Jersey City, New Jersey Now: Stopped drinking alcohol, adopted The South Beach Diet plan, and started walking everywhere. Cut out alcohol, ice cream, and excess sugar, and started eating more fresh veggies.
Lisa also started walking and built up to running and watched 60 pounds melt away in eight months. Melissa her friends held their own Biggest Loser-style weight loss contest, and she won! She worked out on an elliptical four days a week and did two weight-training sessions a week, while tracking calories and using meal ideas from Jillian Michaels.
This mom of two laced up her running shoes and slowly but surely ran her way to a healthier weight. Jenny Craig also helped regiment her eating. Mitchie de Leon Age: Long Beach, California Now: After learning what a portion size really looks like, she cut back on restaurant meals and started eating six small meals a day.
Mitchie also conquered her fear of the gym and began exercising, first on the treadmill and then advanced to classes like spinning, boxing, and Tahitian dancing. Walked, talked, and ran off more than pounds after starting new jobs at the University of Buffalo. They joined Weight Watchers and began walking around campus during their breaks. Bronx, New York Now: Nicole started walking 30 minutes a day to her job and did strength training at home twice a week to drop 55 pounds over four years.
Now she's launching a modeling career! Brooklyn, New York Now: Heather began exercising and writing down everything she ate. She also started her own line of dishware premarked with portion sizes to continue her weight loss and help other women succeed too! Charles Town, West Virginia Now: With 60 extra pounds from the birth of her daughter, Audrea decided to join Weight Watchers and began walking for an hour five days a week.
Eight months later and 62 pounds lighter! When Tracie reached nearly pounds she took charge of her health. She started walking on lunch breaks, cutting calories, and facing emotions head-on instead of eating the pain away. Tracie said jogging and a group of supportive friends helped her keep the weight off for good! Holly has not only kept the weight off, she ran her first half-marathon earlier this year, pens her own online fitness column, and says it's the first time she's ever felt confident wearing a bikini!
Hilary cut out sugar and started walking five times a week and lifting weights. After slowly building up to jogging four miles, four to five times a week, she shed over 70 pounds! Lisa started working out at Curves fitness center and tracking her calories online. Now, instead of turning to the candy jar for stress relief, she cycles and jogs, which helped her shed 90 pounds in 13 months! Meghan joined Weight Watchers, which helped her control her appetite with healthy foods and began walking.
By , Jobity had hit her highest weight of lbs. Jobity decided to get healthy — mentally and physically. She started taking boot camp classes and sought counseling to deal with her emotional issues. What She Eats Now: Jobity cut out fried food and soda and eats a diet focused on fruits, vegetables and lean protein.
Her Best Weight Loss Tip: The mind is a powerful thing through the weight loss journey, more than anything else. A lot of weight loss is mental. Teeter had struggled with her weight her whole life, and found herself weighing over lbs.
She began keeping a food diary and joined a gym. Teeter made healthy swaps for junk food and keeps track of her macronutrient intake.
The Spokane, Washington-based health and weight loss strategy coach stays active with running, hiking and gym sessions. After having her second child, she knew she wanted to make a change. I wanted to experience new things and felt my size was holding me back. Kavanagh decided she did not want to undergo weight loss surgery after seeing relatives who ended up gaining their weight back. Instead, she focused on finding workouts she actually enjoyed and tracking what she ate.
For years, Helen Costa-Giles had no real motivation to lose some of her lb. But in , her yearly checkup took a somber turn when the mom of two learned that she was on track to develop chronic health problems because of her size.
Determined, she immediately threw out all processed and preservative-filled foods, and started eating a clean diet. In just six months, with no exercise, she dropped close to 90 lbs. Costa-Giles then added weightlifting to her days, and fell in love. I kind of got obsessed because for the first time in my life, my body was actually doing what I asked it to do. Costa-Giles now runs free exercise classes in her hometown of San Antonio at 4 a.
Dustin LaJaunie has come along way from the lbs. The group is a safe place for people to share their stories and struggles and to motivate one another to lose the weight.
Eating plan-based and running alongside his brother, Dustin compares the Missing Chins to the trips he and his brother used to take when going hunting.
My mum had a stroke very young, and it scared us as a family. Byrne credits doing at-home Jillian Michaels workouts and decreasing her portion sizes with helping her drop 70 lbs. Byrne counts calories and makes sure she eats three healthy meals each day. She continues to do Jillian Michaels workouts every morning at 5 a. The office worker weighed lbs. After complications from her c-section left her depressed, Greenslit, now 27, started walking and doing Pilates and yoga to help lift her mood.
If she goes out, she orders a chicken salad instead of her former go-to order of a cheeseburger and French fries. McGee began gaining weight when she got into an unhealthy relationship and stopped spending time with friends or going to the gym.
After getting out of the relationship, she decided it was time to make a change — especially since she worked in the health profession.
McGee went from skipping meals and snacking throughout the day to sticking to set meal times. McGee loves group exercise classes and also regularly meets with a personal trainer. While she quit smoking after getting pregnant with her first child in , she kept her unhealthy eating habits until she began having health problems after having her third child. Roy eats six small meals a day and still allows herself the occasional fast food burger — but will only eat half. She stays motivated to stay in shape by competing in bodybuilding competitions.
Jenkins, 22, says that overeating was just part of her daily routine. But when she got to college, everything changed. She does an hour of cardio a day plus strength training three days a week. I have the most horrible memories because I was associated with all that weight I was carrying. Washington successfully lost 50 lbs. After giving birth, she decided to get healthy for herself and her baby. Washington sticks to the low-carb, high-protein Atkins diet.
The superstore employee from Suffolk, England, 30, had reached a high weight of lbs. That experience jumpstarted her determination to lose weight. Barret sticks to the Slimming World food optimizing plan. Find a plan you can stick to.
In a year she lost the majority of her weight through changes to her eating habits alone. Get creative with your meals. The Bennetts cut out sugar and processed foods from their family meals, and began using My Fitness Pal to track their calories and exercise. The couple focuses on clean eating and portion control.
Find an accountability partner. The Delaware-based paralegal had reached lbs. Battle sticks to eating mostly vegetables, fruits and protein, and counts the amount of protein, fats and carbohydrates she eats every day. At 34, Mullins was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. She joined Weight Watchers to take control of her health. Mullins eats small portions to stay within her Weight Watchers parameters. It keeps me accountable.
After having her second child, Faith weighed lbs. After her third pregnancy and a divorce, Faith realized she needed to take control of her weight. However, she took things too far and developed anorexia and bulimia. I run backwards and do side shuffles at an incline. It really tones hamstrings and glutes. The insurance saleswoman, 25, shot up to lbs. They gave me a calorie target, and I followed it. I literally had to reteach myself to cook. She makes sure she gets enough protein and limits her carbs, but still allows herself wine on weekends.
Grafton works out every day doing a mix of cardio and weights. Her favorite piece of exercise equipment is the StairMaster. If you usually slip on the weekend, commit to a Monday morning workout. The Windsor, Ontario-based student, 16, used to eat pizza for breakfast and drink as many as 15 cans of soda a day, reaching a high weight of lbs. When her father had gastric bypass surgery, she changed her diet and began eating the small meals he was consuming.
She also used Instagram to find weight loss tips. I learned proper exercise just from asking people in the gym and on social media. The professional photographer, 29 — who weighed lbs. Roller decided to take up bodybuilding , and trained for two years for her first competition. Her prep involved 5 a. On nights she has a sitter, McDonald hits the gym, and on other nights she does workouts at home once her kids are asleep. Once weighing over lbs.
The military officer, 29, took up bodybuilding to be an inspiration to her troops. I just felt like a hypocrite and a fake. The Los Angeles-based student, 22, reached lbs. So she decided to try Jenny Craig to finally make a lasting change. Perrineau eats Jenny Craig meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with healthy snacks in between. She works out six days a week, and does running for her cardio. Experiment and find what works for you.
When Cockrell reached lbs. Raymond, 49, had lost lbs. The Allentown, Pennsylvania-based real estate agent realized that her yo-yo dieting was not only negatively affecting her self-esteem, but also her health. Her doctor told her all her problems were weight-related. Raymond — who weighed lbs. Jordan — who weighed lbs. After being dateless at prom, Anguh decided to start working out, and hit the gym every day.
She also began cooking her own meals rather than binging on fast food. After 16 months of hard work, Anguh hit her goal weight of lbs. When the war ended, Halimi overcompensated by eating whole pizzas and entire jars of Nutella. The singer reached lbs. When a woman on the bus mistook Halimi for a pregnant person, she decided she needed to lose weight. Her new diet coupled with exercise helped her drop lbs. Osuna — who weighed lbs. Entering rehab and getting sober was an essential part of his weight loss journey.
So the Dexter, Missouri resident took up a plant-based diet, cycling and running to bring his weight down lbs. Eventually, she began following a paleo diet, and progressed from doing Richard Simmons videos in her garage to going to the gym daily. In May , Ginley joined U. I just booked to go with my sister for a week. I feel like that would be a great way to end my weight loss journey.
Powers began logging her food intake using the Lose It! Now she eats a lot of lean meats and vegetables, and works out three times a week. Pullen decided to try bodybuilding, and turned to Arnold Schwarzenegger for her inspiration. Now she works out six days a week. But the biggest change in her lifestyle came from discovering her love of fitness. That made a huge difference. These men and women transformed their bodies through healthy eating and a dedication to fitness These men and women transformed their bodies through healthy eating and a dedication to fitness.
Growing up, Bonnie Wiles ate a lot of starchy foods, and by 18, she was over lbs. And she is loving her new lifestyle. Cloutier is now getting ready for another big change — her third child.