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    Posted August 30, 2014 by
    Haverhill, Massachusetts
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    Your 'Aha' weight-loss moments

    How a teen lost 104 pounds!

    For Christmas of 2013, as presents I got mostly clothes. While I was trying the clothes on, I noticed that they were very tight, even though they were the largest size the stores carried. For t shirts I was a size double extra large, and a pants size 44. I weighed myself for the first time in a very long amount of time, and the results shocked me. I weighed 272 pounds. I looked in the mirror and was angered by the fact that I allowed my self to get so heavy! Instead of spending an unhappy life I used my strong emotions at that time as motivation to improve myself, physically, mentaly, but most of all health wise. That night I spent hours browsing the internet for ways to lose weight. It was incredible how many great resources were available online. After reading many articles, I decided I would first fix my diet. I immediately stopped eating chips, candy, cake, soda, and all the other foods I loved yet I knew could eventually cause irreversible damage. I replaced them with complex carbs, lean protein, and fruits and vegetables. For the first two weeks, I wont lie, I was miserable. But then I started to weigh myself, and noticed I lost nearly 10 pounds in 2 weeks! I new it would be tough at first, but I stuck with my diet. Within a couple of weeks, I began to enjoy the healthy food more and more. I felt more energetic, and started to appreciate the taste of the food. By feburary, my diet was going strong, but the weight loss began to slow down, yet I was not near my ideal weight. I was let down, but I could not let it stop me, so again I searched online for a way to solve the problem. I then found out if I wanted to continue to lose weight steadily I had to incorporate exercise into my weekly schedule. I was clueless as to how to start, so one day I just decided to put on some old sneakers and run outside. I ran maybe less than half of a mile before I was out of breath and angrily turned around and headed home. I was again dissapointed in myself, but I remembered what motivated me in the beginning of my journey. I could not stop now. My father, who lost over 60 pounds himself, encouraged me to go the gym with him. Even though I turned his offer down many times in the years before that, I decided to try it. I started using the ellyptical for half of an hour. I noticed my endurance and speed increased so eventually I increased my work out time by 10 minutes a week, untill I reched 60 minutes a day 5 times a week. The pounds started to shed as quickly as ever. The best part of my day was weighing myself in the morning and seeing how much weight I lost. Eventually I reached 220 pounds, and decided to try running again. My father gave me all the advice and motivation I needed. I started running a mile a day wich would take about 13 minutes. I made it a personal goal of mine to run at least 5 times a week. It slowly became less of a chore, and turned into an enjoyable hobby and a way for me to relieve stress. I started to see improvement rather quickly. Eventually I was able to run 5 miles in just under 40 minutes! I got a thrill from seeing myself improve my running times. What probably motivated me the most was the compliments from family memebers. No matter how little I lost at first, my mom and dad noticed the change. The compliments in school were great too! People told me how fit and healthy I looked, which greatly increased my confidence. If I were to give anybody advice, I would tell them to stay motivated. Remember the day the you started and what Inspired you. For your diet, reduce the amount of simple carbs you eat, try eating fresh foods such as fruits and vegetables, and drop the junk food it does more harm then good. A helpfull tip is instead of drinking soda, make yourself some iced tea, It has many health benefits. I am now 168 pounds, but im not done yet! Currently im working on building lean muscle mass, and I still eat healthily. I dont crave junk food as much as I used to, I learned to love being healthy.
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