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Now down 84 lbs. As for her best advice to those struggling with their weight: Growing up, Kathleen Golding had always been overweight. She finally decided to make a change and turned to gastric bypass surgery, which she underwent in June Now, Golding says she is finally at peace with her body. After a family hiking excursion proved too taxing for his lb. It was a hard-hitting moment. He entered a transformation challenge for motivation. Peterson, now lbs. Her real turning point, though, was when she realized she could no longer fit in the desks at her college, and had to put her education on hold.

She also began working out slowly, with short walks and swims. I can work anywhere. With a diet of six to eight chocolate bars a day, fried chicken and macaroni and cheese, Perdue was lbs. Perdue signed up for Optavia, a packaged meal plan, and learned how to eat balanced meals of a protein and three servings of vegetables.

That along with minute walks helped her lose lbs. I still remember the day that the switch flipped for me — July 19, — and I decided I was done living like this.

The Medina, Ohio, resident says until that point she was drinking five or more cans of soda a day, eating large quantities of food and stopping at the drive-thru daily. Spurred into action, Rachow says she started small, first cutting out soda and only eating food she cooked at home. After I had lost lbs. I became fascinated by fitness and seeing what new things I could accomplish with my body. I do things that I never dreamed were possible like running races, lifting heavy weights, and completing a sprint triathlon.

A few weeks after his father-in-law was admitted to the hospital, Bauler, who weighed lbs. He first focused on exercising and eventually made changes to his diet, sticking to 1, calories a day and smaller portion sizes for one year.

Now the year-old runs everyday and has completed endurance competitions like Ironman and Ragnar. I like to join training groups and training clubs because of the friendships and accountability it creates. It would be easy for me to blow off a mile run at 5: After reaching her highest weight of lbs. Powell was overweight as a child, eating a diet full of processed foods and little water and vegetables.

In college, Powell says she dramatically gained more weight. Powell joined her local YMCA, gradually increasing her workouts until she was going 4 to 5 days a week for 60 to 90 minutes. She also changed her eating habits, replacing sugary sweets with fresh fruit and vegetables.

Within the first six months she lost lbs. Cloutier, 36, always felt like an outsider growing up. She weighed lbs. After her first pregnancy with her daughter in , Cloutier hit lbs. As she worked to get back into a postpartum fitness routine, Cloutier discovered Zumba, and fell in love with group fitness classes. Three weeks after her first class, she became a certified trainer, and started teaching classes.

By , the demand had gotten so large that she opened her own fitness studio, and now runs it along with her full-time job. Between her severe anxiety, depression and her weight — lbs. Then at age 26, Bolden was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome, and learned she would have trouble conceiving a child. And just a few years later, in Feb.

Bolden started tracking everything she ate on MyFitnessPal, and took up swimming, hiking and weightlifting. After three and a half years, she lost lbs. She also started a fitness blog and Instagram , and even won a bodybuilding competition. She went from lbs. When her son was six months-old, the Richmond, Georgia resident became pregnant with her daughter and gained even more weight. I had trouble catching my breath; I had hip issues and a lot of body aches. That excuse is now my motivation for everything I do.

Weighing in at lbs. Gause was ready to make a change, and he immediately joined Live in Fitness, a residential weight loss community. There, he completely revamped his diet plan to focus on lean proteins and vegetables, and started exercising.

In , Samantha Call lost her father to heart disease. He was 48 years-old and struggled with obsesity. In early , Call found success with Atkins. And after a year and a half got down to lbs. Call has maintained her weight loss for about seven years. Now, she cooks healthy meals at home vegetables home with her fiancé and devotes an hour before work to exercise. Says the Callis, Maine resident: Jason Cohen always struggled with his weight. At his highest, he hit nearly lbs. A big motivator to help him acheive and maintain his lbs.

At over lbs. She also continues to share her weight loss journey on Instagram. Along with her husband Myron, Hyman has now lost over lbs. Hyman, who works out with a trainer 3 to 4 times per week, is now a finalist in her sixth Isabody Challenge.

Although she was happy and confident in her body, Jovana Borojevic was shocked when she finally stepped on a scale. The digital marketing strategist, now 24, immediately cut out starchy carbs, refined foods, sugar and most packaged food. In a month she dropped almost 20 lbs. Allie Ruby was determined to lose weight — and get her long-desired six-pack — after her poor college eating habits left her at lbs.

She started weightlifting, which kept her in amazing shape but pushed her weight up again, this time with muscle instead of fat. Seeing the numbers creep back up the scale caused self-doubt. Jobity was always fit growing up, but when she was mistreated in a relationship, she turned to food to cope. I just kind of tuned out of the world, and food became my everything. 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. Easy to follow eating guides Access to online community.

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