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    Posted January 4, 2013 by
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    Your 'Aha' weight-loss moments

    I Lost 100 Pounds in 6 Months by Eating "Normal" Food!

    I had always been the "fat kid" growing up -- I was always the biggest person in the room. I had tried to lose weight throughout my entire life, subscribing to fad diets, taking diet pills, following some workout program -- everything failed. None of it was sustainable. I didn't think I'd ever be able to lose weight.

    A few years ago, I decided on one random January morning just to "eat less" to lose weight. You can call it counting calories, portion control, or simply living in moderation -- call it whatever you like -- I just know that it started working fast. I lost 20 pounds in the first month and over 100 pounds in 6 months.

    As of today, I've lost over 135 pounds and counting.

    The remarkable part of my story, the thing that people are attracted to, is that I eat normal foods. I eat fried chicken, Chinese food and chicken fingers on a regular basis. I enjoy having a juicy cheeseburger with french fries, followed by an ice cream cone with my little girl.

    Aside from eating normal foods and eating around 2,000 calories a day, I visit the gym 4-5 times a week for about 30-45 minutes a day. I'm not a gym rat by any means. I go to the gym, get to work, then leave well within the 60 minute mark. I'd rather burn calories and stay active by jumping on our trampoline, dancing with my daughter, playing the Kinect, making love with my life, etc. There are so many ways to have fun, spend time with family, and lose weight.

    The key to losing weight and keeping it off as I've done for four years is to lose weight in a sustainable fashion. What does that mean? That means that whatever choices you're making today to lose those 5, 10, 15 pounds, etc., should be choices that you can keep doing for the rest of your life. If you don't think you can eat salads or follow that fad diet or meal plan for the next five years, don't do it at all. Even if you do manage to lose weight today, it'll quickly come back.

    Moderation is the key to many of the things we enjoy in life. Being successful at losing weight is one of them.
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