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Women share their stories: How I lost 100 pounds

Newlywed, new mom and first-time home buyer, Sarah is currently playing out her exciting life in Phoenix, Arizona. She recently gave up her job in finance to stay at home with her baby girl, who between bath time and feeding time, keeps ...

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If you have more than 100 pounds to lose, chances are you’ve tried simply eating healthy and exercising, without much success. Today, real women who have beaten the battle of the bulge are sharing their secrets with us!
Gina after weight loss

Having an extreme amount of weight to lose seems impossible. You wonder where you should start, when you should start and how in the world you’ll be able to keep up with the plan. The beginning is usually the hardest for many, but the end results are so worth it that they would do it all over again if they had to. Check out these real stories of women who have been there and came out a new person — all thanks to a few little tips and a change in lifestyle!

Meet GinaGina before weight loss

Gina, a health coach for Take Shape For Life, and her now-husband Joe pushed their wedding date back a solid two years in order to lose weight. They told family and friends they were “saving money,” but in reality they were unhappy with their weight and didn’t want to spend thousands on wedding photos knowing they wouldn’t want to look at them. Gina struggled with her weight for more than 15 years and felt miserable overall on a day-to-day basis. Her work suffered due to her lack of confidence in herself.

How did she do it?

Gina and Joe tackled their weight loss goals together. She’s lost a massive 108 pounds to date and he’s lost 95 pounds. They encouraged each other and held each other accountable. There really is no magic pill to make you thin (if so, we’d all be skinny!), but having a partner to go through the journey with makes it much more enjoyable.

Meet Stephanie

Stephanie was 242 pounds when she gave birth to her son in July 2011 and now weighs less than 150 pounds. Though her weight has gone up and down a bit over the years due to stress, she’s found a relatively simple plan that works for her and her lifestyle.

Her plan…

A valuable tip from Stephanie: Only eat in the daylight hours.

Stephanie ate healthy when she was pregnant, and went back to that diet in order to shed the pounds. She ate lean meats like chicken and fish, with fruits, veggies, whole grains and natural juices. She regularly does natural herbal cleanses, and get this — she hasn’t set foot in a gym since giving birth to her son! Stephanie is living proof that weight loss is 80 percent what you eat.

Meet Haley

Haley weighed 280 pounds at one point and now weighs a healthy 170 pounds. It took her just one year to lose the weight. Haley never had issues with weight until a knee injury in high school forced her to live a sedentary lifestyle. She went on to gain the "freshman 15" in college, followed by even more weight from the stress of grad school. Like a lot of us, she felt there was always something more important to give her time and attention to than herself.

How she lost 110 pounds

Her old diet consisted of fast food, nightly desserts and plenty of carbs. She began following the Atkins diet of fresh veggies and lean meats, and has ditched her former fast food ways. When she’s craving something sweet, she reaches for nuts, seeds or Atkins bars. Haley also makes it a priority to stay active and on the go. Her favorite activity is walking.

We hope these stories have been encouraging for you. These three women lost weight by committing themselves to a plan and sticking to it. Whether you wish to follow a strict diet like the Atkins or would love to have an exercise buddy to motivate you, do it now! Life’s short — and there’s no better time to start taking care of yourself than now.

Readers

Have you recently lost 100 pounds or more? How did you do it? Share in the comments below!

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