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"I had to stay focused, develop discipline, and to be honest with myself."
You don't gain weight from vegetables!
"I just ate in moderation."
"I wanted to run with my kids and not just stand on the sidelines any longer."
"It will require sacrifices, but in the end it will be worth it."
Christina Chiu Cadiz
"If you mess up, accept it, move on, and try to get right back on track."
"Determination and willpower play a very big role in your path to success."
A little positivity can go a long way.
"At 17-years-old I weighed 407 pounds."
"Of course I have cheat days, who doesn’t?"
"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."
"I don’t care about past accomplishments, I care about future challenges."
"For the last 10 years, I have felt unstoppable."
"Maintenance is hard, probably even harder than losing the weight."
" 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."
"I tried the grapefruit diet, the starvation diet, the no carb diet, you name it, I tried it."
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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."
"I learned how to balance things out even if I end up eating that slice of cake."
Like always, it's about diet and exercise.
Steve Nash Fitness
It was the spring of 2005, I was an overweight smoker and on the fast track to an early grave. I was 23-years-old, weighed 260 pounds and smoked a pack a day. My eating habits were poor with little to no exercise. Changes had to be made.
"I cut out processed foods, caffeine and alcohol."
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"I felt like I was 67 instead of 37."
The belief that eating out equals a lot of calories paralyzes many dieters -- they feel that in order to lose weight and maintain the loss, they have to stay away from restaurants forever. This is a depressing thought.
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"This is only the beginning! I feel incredible having lost over 100 pounds."
A macronutrient diet is the best diet you could start. It will leave you feeling energized with minimum food cravings and no hunger. Other diets are not as sustainable and are hard to follow. This is because you are forced to give up the foods you love and completely change the way you eat overnight.
"I saw a picture of myself at a wedding I attended. I didn’t recognize myself."