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    Posted January 13, 2013 by
    Douglasville, Georgia
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    Your 'Aha' weight-loss moments

    I was my biggest obstacle in weight loss

    I have been heavy my entire life but when I tipped the scales at 220lbs I was tired of living the way I was living. My feet, back and hips hurt all the time and I could not walk up stairs without being out of breathe. I had tried every diet and exercise program out there but was never committed to changing for good. At 32 yrs old I decided to make a change in my head and heart and the body followed afterwards. I was inspired by Miss South Carolina, Bree Boyce who encouraged anyone to get in the gym and get fit. If she could do it so could I! My motto is "No Excuses" and I live it everyday. I lost about 90lbs but gained muscle, education and a love for my body that was never there before! I love to workout and push myself to meet goals every week. I can now run 3miles where I could barely walk up stairs before. I eat what I want but I try to be reasonable and "fuel" my body instead of eating junk with no nutritional value. This is a lifestyle change and not a diet. I want to be in better shape in my 40s than I am now! I started in August of 2011 at 220lbs and a size 18 and by April of 2012 I was a size 4 at about 130lbs. I have gained some muscle weight so I am currently at 140lbs and a size 6(Jan 2013)

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