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I found your page through Pinterest, because the picture of the meat, cream cheese? Int J Ther Rehabil. How does he make it seem so easy? As diabetes runs in my family, I knew I was setting myself up for that path. I love it, and it tastes like a treat! She also continues to share her weight loss journey on Instagram. Sign Up for Our Newsletters Get articles sent right to your inbox.
1. Write down what you eat for one week, and you will lose weight
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. 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. I just want to thank you for your tutorials. I have been able to personalize my blog thanks to your help. That is something I could easily do when I am done with my 2nd baby! Thanks for the inspiration! Thanks for your help, tips, and freebies.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! I appreciate you posting this! It really does make it sound more simple. I really need to lose a few pounds 30 would be great! Thanks for the inspiration!! Amanda, thank you for such a detailed description of what has made you successful! This is so do-able. And I have exactly 30 pounds to lose, as well! Congratulations, what a great story! This is the way I want to lose weight!
Just eating regular food, in moderation and exercising! You should feel as proud as you look!!! Congratulations to you on the sweet success brought on by all of your hard work.
You are an inspiration. I really want to lose weight too! I appreciate the tips. I can definitely use them! I am also a long time reader. You and I have exchanged a few emails back and forth. I am ready to print your blog entry and hang it on my fridge. Can I ask you ONE question though? What are your thoughts on exercise?
Did you exercise at all? Thank you so much for sharing your story! It is very inspiring and encouraging! Huge congrats to you!
You look amazing, as always! Amanda — I was one of those Jenny Craig girls. I lost 50 lbs in and promptly got pregnant with twins! However, I just could not justify the expense. Your plan sounds absolutely doable and a great alternative to Jenny Craig. One thing I did learn while on the Jenny plan was to use vegetables when you need a snack. My favorite snack was carrots, celery and salsa! I did not really follow a regimented exercise program- I do have the dogs, so I take them outside to play, or go for walks and hikes- and I also have a stationary bike that I like to ride while watching TV.
She will kick your fanny! We also have Wii Fit love the yoga and hula hoop game! But I do credit the weight loss more to my diet changes rather than the exercise- cause I had been doing that all along! My ob-gyn even went so far as to say, you can spend an hour on the elliptical machine and burn enough calories to make up for a single serving bag of chips. You look fantastic, by the way! Way to go Amanda! So enjoyed this blog. Blessings to you this Thanksgiving season! You look great and you have inspired me.
I have gradually put on quite a bit of weight over the last few years. I have had a terrible time trying to lose it. I was going to a gym and working really hard, but losing very little. I am going to try what you did. I need something that I can fit into my very crazy, busy life. What a blessing that you sent this out!
Thanks so much for sharing. First off, I want to say congratulations! I think this is truly amazing! I am very glad you shared this. There was a lot that I actually learned from this blog post.
You look truly amazing! I am fortunately thin, but unfortunately not that healthy. This has inspired me to talk to my hubby as well and become more of a healthier couple: Thanks for sharing hon! I look forward to many more posts!
Thank you for the inspiration! I know it is all about diet and exercise but sometimes when those cravings hit, it is hard to remember. Thank you again — keep it up! Way to go, you have inspired me to get motivated and get healthy!!! Thanks, Amanda… your blog never fails to amaze! Amanda, you are awesome! If I could even get down 5 lbs by Christmas, I would be thrilled! Thanks for the inspiration Sister!
Water intake…still working on that one. Heard it makes a HUGE difference though! That is great Amanda. I bet you crave the water now that is what happened to me. I did Weight Watchers and went from an 18 to a 2 was a 0 when I started dating my husband…guess that was a shocker for him — hee hee. Kept it off for over 7 years… I recently gained lbs.
Amanda — you look wonderful. Thanks for the inspiration. I may try to get back into that. It makes counting calories so much easier. Thanks for the motivation!
Keep up the great work! I think I just need to start paying attention to what I am doing and this made it so simple! I think it is something we all know — but just needed someone to remind us that it can be done! You look so happy and healthy. I have some special days coming up early next year, and I have time to get on this before those arrive!
We just LOVE you and all the creative spirit and energy you share with all of us! Lisa put this so well! Such a gracious hostess, even from afar. Oh my goodness you are looking fabulous!!! Hopefully he will come home to a svelte new wife!!
Thank you for sharing this amazing and inspiring story!! Well, I have to say first off that this is incredibly inspirational. Thank you for sharing this with us! I really do appreciate you sharing this with us. I hope to hear you post more about your journey? Amanada, I must say…. I lost my job a year or so ago and I am still unemployed! I have been depressed, I have isolated myself, and as I said, I physically feel uncomfortable.
I think everyone is different. Thank you for sharing!! That is very inspiring! I do wonder though, what did you drink before switching over to water entirely? Thank you so much for sharing the details of your weight loss. It is so hard to do it on you own, but your specifics really create a light at the end of the tunnel. I am totally inspired! I started something similar to this but I let it slip by.
I stuck with it for about a week and a half and then just went back to my normal routine. Thank you for this. I am going to the store after work and I am buying those VitaCraves!
I can give you my secret for weight loss. Oh, and when the second child comes along, see if you have time to eat for yourself! Plus, running after them too! You look awesome…way to go. Wow…you really motivated me! One question though, regarding your water intake…is it just straight-up water or do you mix it with Crystal Light or something?
I love my Diet Coke, but I am trying to switch to water…what worked for you in this area? Congrats to both of you on your weight loss. Thanks so much for your tips. You can never get too many tips on weight loss. So any tips you want to share would be great. Thanks again and Congrats: What a great, inspiring post!
I have cut out fast food for the past three months yay! That alone has helped, I think! I may have to try getting pre-made foods to try to help.
We also eat a llot of fresh raw fruits and veg, and steamed when possible. First I want to say Congratulations!! I thought you looked just fine before, but now you look like an even better version of yourself!
Second, this is my first post on your site and I really wanted to say thank you for posting how you have lost the weight. So thank you again for generously sharing your success story, and you deserve to brag about it!!
Congrats to you and your hubby! Choosing water over chemical-laden diet sodas was one of the best things you did. Just remember to not rely on prepackaged food as you trek on! Lots of processed ingredients. Sorry, the nurse in me took over my post!! Best wishes on maintaining your health! Thanks for the inspiration!!!
I have your original problem. I exercise at the gym then go to water aerobics. I feel better after exercising but no change in weight. Your method is worth a try. I will send you results. Congratulations on your success. You look and feel great. I wish you would post some new recipes that helped you lose the weight! Ones that include amount of calories? It would be very helpful. Congrats on your weight loss!! I know the feeling that comes with seeing results on the scale.
I have gained alot of my weight back simply bc of no motivation. I think this blog was just what I needed! And keep up the great work!!! Congrats and thanks for sharing your story! You both look great! Congrats on your hard work and results. Thank you for posting this!!
I also gave up everything to drink except water… i lost about 70 pounds in 2 months doing the exact same thing you did. Your post gave me the push I needed!!
I have to get this weight off, I have to. All along I knew what to do, and happy to see someone else had the same results…….. I am so impressed with people who have the dedication to make it work, Thanks for sharing your story.
PS I still think you looked good before! This is a fabulous post Amanda. I have really enjoyed reading it. Not at all preachy like some weightloss stories can be: