"At 17-years-old I weighed 407 pounds."
"I wasn’t looking for a quick fix, so I took my time."
"I was tired of slowly killing myself with food and alcohol."
"I realized that I was no longer living a life of my choosing."
When you use exercise as a counter for poor nutritional choices -- like my pint of ice cream a day habit during the marathon summer - it is almost impossible to do successfully. It is super simple to consume 100 empty calories, working them off however is a completely different story.
" I wanted to finally be happy and look at myself with love."
Sam Shane Siemens
"Little by little I felt my energy increasing and some weight was coming off."
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"I tried the grapefruit diet, the starvation diet, the no carb diet, you name it, I tried it."
If you're someone who justifies poor eating habits based on cost, it's time to look in the mirror and determine whether you're misinformed, complacent, or both.
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"It wasn’t just the weight that changed. It was how I saw myself and how I saw my life."
Justin James Wright
All the more reason to get outside.
"I set myself a goal. I said I was going to do it and I did."
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"I learned how to balance things out even if I end up eating that slice of cake."
Weight loss can feel like an enormous mountain to climb. Before slashing calories, counting calories or even making the healthy changes to portion sizes, food choices and activity levels, I have seven suggestions that will prepare your body and mind for the mountain ahead.