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Sep 01 at 06:34 AM

September Before & After!

Have you found your fit and healthy self?

If you did it because you knew your fit self was in there ready for that tough mudder, you inspired by the Olympic trials, you were tired of being tired after climbing stairs, or for any other reason - we would love to hear your story!

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Some of the things we would love to hear about your transformation include how much weight you lost, some of the fitness and nutritional changes you made, obstacles you overcame, what you are most proud of looking back - we really want to know what inspired you to make this transformation!

To enter, please reply to this post and tell us about your journey. Your entry doesn't have to be long, five to ten sentences is plenty!

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    • beachgurlz has a Gold Membership
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      Sep 18 at 04:35 PM

      Bring your amazing success stories to Livestrong - this is a great chance to win $250 VISA card!

    • In Feb 2016 I decided I had to take control of my health. I was suffering from chronic fatigue, generalized achiness, and depression. At 5'5" weighing in at 178lbs on a good day I started my new lifestyle. With portion control, clean eating, and daily exercise I am down to 154lbs and still going strong. I feel better than I have in years!

    • In December 2013 my father got diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and after passing away in August 2014, I had gained around 45 pounds putting my weight at 200 pounds (5'9"wink. I had tried all the 'fad diets' to try and lose the weight but I had no motivation from within. I felt depressed, insecure, and ashamed to see friends/family that I had not seen before I gained the weight. I remember reading in April that it takes 21 days to form a habit and I thought to myself "21 days of eating healthy and working out… and it can become a habit?", so I gave myself 21 days and I started seeing results. I became more and more motivated as weeks went on. I am now down 40 pounds ( 160lbs) and I cannot even explain how confident I am compared to how I was just 5 months ago. Everything has changed for me (even my resting heart rate is around 57 now!) and I have no plans on stopping this new lifestyle I created for myself!

    • I began my weight loss journey in November 2015. I was so depressed about my clothes not fitting, being unable to run because of the weight I had put on and having pain throughout my legs and back. I was also tired of feeling so self-conscious and out of control all of the time. As of today, I have lost 103lbs, having begun at 230lbs on my 5'1'' frame and am now sitting at 127lbs. I now run 3-4 days a week and do other strength training workouts throughout the week. I am healthier than I've ever been and feel so much more comfortable and happy in my own skin. One of my biggest challenges along the way was decreasing my portion sizes and decreasing my sugar and carbohydrate consumption. However, it CAN be done!

    • Over the course of approximately 2 years I lost 131 pounds, When I originally started my journey in summer 2014, I weighed 312 pounds, and now I am down to 181 pounds. I accomplished this by changing my nutritional and physical activity habits and through consistent exercise and determination. I started exercising at home and went running, I also got involved in high school sports; football, track/field, and cheerleading. Cheerleading was my biggest source of motivation and change, even though i was slowly progressing on my own terms, it made me feel loved and appreciated and that appreciation is what made me push myself harder. I stepped WAY out of my comfort zone, I conquered my fear of my body image, I SMASHED my old junk food cravings and ate healthier, I overcame the haunting thought that I would never be able to accomplish my goal to become lean and fit, I am FINALLY there! Before: 312 lbs. , After: 181 lbs.
      Should I be celebrating because of my transformation? I think so, today is my 18th birthday after all, too!

    • beachgurlz has a Gold Membership
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      Sep 29 at 06:53 AM


      You are each of you an inspiration!

    • I am 45 years of age from India.
      Year 2008, I was weighing 91 Kgs and was struggling with my fitness considering the fact that I had to work for 6 days a week ( at times even on Sundays ) and 12 to 14 hours a day. Life was a hell with no enthusiasm to do anything.
      Early 2009, I determined myself to lose weight and started a special drive to work on the same. I started exercising twice a day for 1 hr in the morning and one hr in the evening backed up by strict diet control of no sugar, less of oil, salt, no eating out in restaurants, no junk food like Pizza, Burgers etc. Consistently maintaining this routine everyday and by the Y2011, I came down to 75 Kgs. Today I am still maintain this discipline in my life but exercising only in the morning for 1 hr. and consistently maintaining my weight at a level of 65 Kgs for last 2 to 3 years.
      I feel really top of the world with my fitness at my best. Looking fresh even in the evening after back from my office working 12 hrs. I take my family out for a drive also in the evening and also play with my darling daughter who is 12 years of age.

    • Menu, what a wonderful story! Thank you for sharing it!!! inspiring!

    • Mehu, post this again in the November contest. I'll bump it to the top of this forum for you.

    • As A person that has been obese all their life for me it was not an old weight or an old pair of jeans that inspired me!!! In fact I was very comfortable with myself and spent 23 years of just accepting my size
      During a time of great emotional strain suddenly realized my dreams ……………. But also realized that if I never did something about my weigh I would never be able to achieve my dreams
      So the decision was instantaneous to have a stomach sleeve done….. but as I was told before I had it and have proven this is no quick fix it is a tool and if not used right you will never get the results. I started to diet as soon as the decision was made, I eliminated all carbs only consuming what was in 1 cup of full cream milk a day. I did this for 2 weeks, then I did the optifast shakes for 2weeks (3 shakes a day and 10 almonds) I lost a massive 13kg before I went to surgery
      After surgery I immediately added walking to every day starting at not even doing more the 2000 steps a day I gradually add 2000 steps a day to my routine every 2weeks now I do not do any less than 19000 steps a day this involves morning and afternoon walks and walking to and from work
      But I have found that it is good to stick to a routine for exercise, but that doesn't work with food sometimes you have to eat less fat for a week to break through a plateau or sometimes I have to do a severe carb cut to break through
      I have got my self down to 62KG
      So I was 139 kg (306.4 IBS) down to 62kg (136.6 IBS).....starting 20th july 2015 to now and continuing so 16months sofar

    • I began my fitness journey at age 15 in the year 2012. This fitness journey may be a little different than others. It all started my freshman year when i was physically and emotionally bullied for being skinny or too small. I would wake up everyday to scared to go to school for my size because i knew i would be picked on. I started going to the gym to put on muscle mass. Even though i was 15 i was determined, mature, and disciplined enough to stick to a strict diet. I ate clean foods. I ate no junk food or fast food while still maintaining nothing less than 5000 calories a training day. I put on only lean muscle mass while maintaining a body fat % of 7-9%. I am now 18 years old and weigh 165lb. I have still not reached my goal but i have found to love the fitness world. I am now a certified Personal Trainer and work at a gym in my home town. There have been many ups and downs in my fitness journey, but i have learned that what counts the most is when you fall and get back up. Stay healthy and live strong!

    • Great stories!!!

    • I start my Journey in March 2016. I have lost 35 pounds so far. I have learned its all about healthier choices, portion control and working out 4 days a week. I also make weekly and monthly health goals for myself. My journey will continue every day for the rest of my life. I do this not only for myself but for my family. I just turned 30 years old and realize that life is so much better when you have the energy to chase your dreams. Every little goal met equals one big success.

    • I decided to become healthier almost two years ago when my ex the father of my child was diagnosed with liver disease. I knew that he would not be here much longer and was angry with him because I did not feel he was doing what he needed to get healthy for our daughter. While complaining to a friend I realized I was guilty of the same thing and made the decision to quit smoking. A month after quitting I had gained 5 pounds to my already obese frame of 192 pounds putting me really close to the 200 pound mark. So at 197 lbs I started dieting, riding my bike to work and going for walks which I eventually advanced to jogging. I am now 40 lbs lighter and still working on my goal. We lost my daughters dad and my dad this year which did set me back a bit but I have joined a gym and working towards my goal of !35 lbs.

    • bhaktilata has a Gold Membership
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      Feb 18 at 05:54 PM

      So I've melted off 12 INCHES since 2017 started! Been shedding weight for 5 months now. I'm swimming 5 days a week and yoga a few evenings a week, I'm no longer diabetic nor on BP meds!

      I'm vegetarian and have never felt better. As of today, I'm down to 281 (from 350)

      Check the pic! It's drastic