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    Posted May 12, 2014 by
    West Palm Beach, Florida
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    Your 'Aha' weight-loss moments

    Man Loses 177 lbs So He Could Get a Hug and Fly Away.


    Tom Guard, 41 of West Palm Beach, Florida realized one day that his girlfriend couldn't get her arms all the way around him when she gave him a hug. He also wouldn't travel on a plane for fear of being "that guy" who might be too fat to fly.

    I'm Tom Guard. I dropped 177 lbs. I started in January of 2013. By Thanksgiving of 2013, I ran my first 5k. I still have about 30 lbs of fat to lose, but I'm not looking at the scale any more. I'm looking at my waistline. I used social media to help me lose weight by posting progress. If I failed or didn't workout, my friends held me accountable. My story and personal weight loss blog can be found at http://workingonanewme.com.

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