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Apr 25 at 05:31 PM

LIVESTRONG.COM May 2017 Before & After

Are you ready for May flowers with a new spring in your step and your healthy self?

Whether you did it because you knew your fit self was in there ready for that 5k, tough mudder, you are ready for your fab you new year, 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!

And, of course, include both your "Before and After" photographs in your post. Make May your LIVESTRONG Before & After month.


One male and one female winner will be chosen, each winning a $250 VISA card!

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    • beachgurlz has a Gold Membership
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      May 02 at 09:33 PM

      Michelle! Here's where you enter your story for the May contest.

    • jonnyfroze has a Gold Membership
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      May 06 at 12:22 AM

      Hi all! I'm Jon and in October 2016 I ended up in the hospital with Alcoholic Hepatitis. I weighed 276 lbs and needed to confront my alcoholism and my weight. Now in May 2017 I have been sober for over four months and am 198 lbs! The journey has been hard but the life change has been extraordinary! I use MyPlate every day to help keep me focused on my goals. I have an amazing support group at home and online with the MyPlate Community. I am still heading towards my goal weight of 170 lbs and I am confident I will get there!

    • beachgurlz has a Gold Membership
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      May 08 at 05:05 PM

      Congratulations, Jonny!

      What a great job you've done!

    • Hey there, my name is Faizan and Im 19 years old. My Journey is far from over however, Ive come a long way when I look back upon myself.

      Just aprox 2 years ago I was in the worst condition of my life; I was severly obese; was not flexible in the slightest; had a hunched posture; a 42" waist; a broken wrist; low testosterone levels; and above all, I had low self esteem and as a result I was antisocial.

      I spent 12 hours on average sitting in front of a computer and ordering an XL pizza just about every ither day. This also had a toll on my eyesight as they are now -2.25

      I was in denial but deep down inside I was depressed. My family and friends told me just how bad my health has gotten and called me obese every single day until finally, In a fit of rage, I accepted and acknowledged the fact that I was overweight.

      In that exact moment, my friend looked at me in complete shock and his eyes lit up as he finally saw a spark of hope inside me. He told me that the very first step is acknowledging it and now we can finally work together to change it.

      Despite the mentality of a stubborn child and having the odds stacked against me, I started to make changes -although small- in my diet and lifestyle. I took the stairs instead of the elevator, I reduced drinking sodas from an average of 4 a day and subsituted it for fruit juice and water.

      Unknowingly, it became fun to go to the gym and walk to school and although I did not realize it, I lost 30lbs in the first 2 months, and eventually 25lbs more. I also managed to naturally increase my testosterone levels which promoted bone growth in my fractured wrist!

      I went from 250lbs and not being able to even support my weight by hanging from a bar to being able to do my very first chinup ever at 195lbs. I am now 185lbs and I aim to be 170lbs by this summer smile

      Consistency and paitence and acceptance were the key to my success and I hope this inspires everyone to transform themselves as well!

    • My waist is now 34" and I couldn't be happier, I love this community and love reading stories of other people succeeding smile

    • cmsmith8 has a Gold Membership
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      May 12 at 03:32 AM

      Kyros, so very proud of you as a virtual grandmother! You rock!

      Casey, nice work after having a baby, you look wonderful.

      Jon, so glad you faced up to all you needed to because you look awesome!


    • Thank you so much! smile

    • In 2014 I 46 years old and was at my heaviest of 345lbs. I was miserable with a lot of weight related health issues. I could not stand or walk any longer then a couple minutes at a time. My husband was 19 years older and had many health issues of his own so I was working full time and taking care of him and our 10 year old son.

      Then in December 2014, my husband was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. His diagnoses was a tremendous shock to all of us and worse yet we were told he only had weeks to live. He passed away on December 25, 2014.

      After the smoke cleared so to speak, I realized if I stayed on the path that I was on that I would leave this earth much sooner then later. I could NOT leave my son without a parent. I HAD to finally loose this weight. But I didn't know how. I had been on many diets over the years but nothing stuck. Then I would gain even more back.

      I originally went to my doctor to have weight loss surgery thinking it was my last hope. My doctor put me on a very strict doctor supervised diet in order to prepare for the surgery. It was the hardest thing that I ever did in my life with especially the first two months being complete hell for me. But I had to keep it up. In 9 months I lost 100 pounds. I only had 85 pounds left so I chose not to have the surgery and simply stay on the diet. In a year and a half I got to my goal weight and have maintained it for 6 months now.

      I now maintain a healthy diet of lean proteins, veggies, fruits and healthy carbs. I am able to work out now and do various routines. My life is not at all like it was two years ago. I don't look at food the same way. I still dread working out but dread not staying active more. Best of all, I don't just exist anymore. I am now able to LIVE for my son and for me.

      I find that I still can't believe who I was before and who I am now. I am so proud of my accomplishments. I now try to help others get or stay on their paths to a healthier life.

    • beachgurlz has a Gold Membership
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      May 16 at 06:10 AM

      congratulations, Kyros!

      I'm also a nerd in front of a computer - I know how hard it is to get up and moving - nicely done.

    • beachgurlz has a Gold Membership
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      May 16 at 06:12 AM

      I'm so sorry about your hubby, Ollie, that loss is difficult enough. You are amazing, congratulations.

    • Went from north of 185 lbs. to 160-163 lbs. in about four month.

      Engaged a dietician and trainer. Right foods and both strength and cardio training.

      Use integrated app to track calories intake and burned. Very handy and VISUAL.

      Getting compliments and being 'checked out'. What motivation!

      I could even be diligent with eating, especially at night.

      Want to look like 'American Ninja Warrior' of my size. Lean and sinewy. Not muscle bound.

    • Hi all my name is Mike Mau my weight loss journey started back in March 2016 I weighed 370lbs. I knew I had to do something so I got a personal trainer and started to eat heathy and worked out in the gym very hard and the weight flew off , 14.5 months later I have lost over 170lbs I am skinny for the first time in my life able to do many things that I couldn't do before like roller coasters, plane rides, running or just to move around hurt me at times. I had 2 surgeries my gallbladder and a hurnia repair and I was out of gym for 12 weeks with the surgeries and never gained any weigh my trainers always said I was an inspiration to many I worked very hard and am proud what I have done, if I can do it so can anyone else best of luck to everyone!

    • You look like a totally new man, kudos! - Takes a lot of dedication and consistency to achieve results and you showed it smile

    • beachgurlz has a Gold Membership
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      May 21 at 10:50 AM

      congratulations Uncle and Mike!

      great work you guys!

    • Thank kyros you look good too!

    • kfibbio has a Gold Membership
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      May 25 at 03:20 PM

      Hey everyone! Today I am down 80 lbs from my starting weight of 320 lbs back in September '16. It's been a long journey, and it's not over yet! I started this journey just as I completed my training as a newly graduated nurse. I was surrounded by people that told me I would gain even more weight once I switched to night shift. Well, I wanted to prove them wrong!

      I started with exercise. I joined a gym and tried to go on nights when I was off. At 320 lbs, I was only able to do cardio in 10 minute intervals. I'd walk a bit, lift a bit, walk some more, lift a little more, and walk again. I was off to a slow but steady start. Then, I knew my diet needed an upgrade. I'm an Italian Stallion, I love me some pasta! I started limiting my pasta to once a week on sundays, and only eated the suggested portion of whole grain pasta. I included veggies in every meal. About 2 weeks into my lifestyle change, I joined LS. I exercised more once I got stronger. By November I was able to handle 30 mins on the elliptical. A big moment for me!

      I have been heavy my entire life. This app is insanely helpful to me. The supportive community keeps me going. The calorie tracker saves me from overinduldging. With 80 lbs down, I'm quite good at tracking caloroes on my own, but I still use the app anyway because it's so helpful! For my whole 22 years of existence food was a security blanket and honestly a source of entertainment. I'm working on not only being more active, but learning not over eat and to control myself better. My goal weight is 150 lbs, and I'm showing no signs of stopping!

      - Kfibbio (Kristen Fibbio)

    • kfibbio has a Gold Membership
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      May 25 at 03:20 PM

      Woops, forgot the pic!

    • I saw your post and was wondering if you would join and post in the contest:D

    • Kfibo,
      I remember last year when I couldn't do any of the exercises I do today keep pushing and enjoy your new life!

    • beachgurlz has a Gold Membership
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      May 25 at 08:28 PM

      congratulations, Kristen!

      Great work!