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    Posted June 23, 2014 by
    Salinas, California
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    Your 'Aha' weight-loss moments

    Wake-up call: The moment that changed my life forever

    I've been overweight for most of my life & not only does it make you feel unattractive physically, but it makes you feel insignificant emotionally as well (some people will even make fun of you for being overweight). You also don't feel like doing anything & you're certainly not motivated to exercise.

    Whenever I went out, I indulged in fast food: Taco Bell, Wendy's, McDonald's, Burger King, you name it, I've been there. Even after people warning me about my weight & seeing myself in the mirror, I was in denial, you just don't want to believe what others see.

    It wasn't until February 16, 2013 that reality hit me in the face. That morning, I woke up, took a look in the mirror, & noticed that my face was severely swollen. I didn't think it was anything serious as I was just going to go about my day & put some ice on it, I had no idea that my life was in jeopardy.

    I checked into the hospital, severely overweight, suffering from sleep apnea, & it wasn't until I was in a hospital bed that I discovered that the swelling was caused from anaphylaxis. Doctors told me that had I not made it to the hospital when I did, I probably had a few hours left to live.

    Being in the hospital was a very humbling experience, to say the least.

    Before I went to the hospital, I was around 310 lbs., now I'm at 205 lbs. & I feel way better not having all that extra weight to carry around.

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