Growing up, I was an active kid—but that doesn't mean I was healthy. I wasn't necessarily obese, but I was what I'd call thick, which made me seriously struggle with body image. I'd eat traditional southern cornbread and drink sweet tea (and opting for fast food in between), but I felt like my lifestyle worked well enough for me—until I contracted a rare (but temporary) illness that damaged the nerves in my leg. My condition made it impossible to walk, much less exercise. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below The pounds piled on quickly after that—add in the fact that I had two kids during that time period, and at 25 years old and 220 pounds, I barely recognized my body. My turning point came one day when I looked in the mirror and actually said out loud, 'Girl, what the heck are you doing to yourself?'It's not just that I didn't recognize myself in the mirror—it's that I didn't feel like myself, either. I'm a dancer, so I couldn't move the way I wanted to or … [Read more...] about ‘How I Used Intermittent Fasting To Lose 90 Pounds’
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HUFFPOST PERSONAL 04/18/2018 02:05 pm ET Robbie RomuGuest Writer I’ve always been fat. Or, more precisely, I’ve always identified as fat. I was a big kid, larger than most of the kids in my classes for certain, but not what someone would call severely overweight. I was tall for my age and “husky,” and that made me different. Different was not good. To make matters more complicated, I was also gay and that was truly the worst possible kind of “different” I could be. I spent my entire childhood hiding who I was for fear of being found out ― for fear for my life. I grew up in Canada’s Northern Ontario region, in a small town full of ignorant people. Being gay was a dangerous proposition. Eventually, the weight became part of my armor, a shield that I used to keep people at a distance and to keep myself safe. In my late teens and early 20’s, once I had escaped my small town and began the long process of embracing my … [Read more...] about I Thought Losing 70 Pounds Would Bring Me Joy. I Was Wrong.
Courtesy of Ann Najjar By Ann Najjar As Told To Danielle Page Apr 6, 2018 I always on the heavier side, even when I was in grade school. Things just got worse after I graduated high school in 2007 and started working at a tanning salon. It was a slow-paced job, and during the off season, I might sit in the same spot for hours, and I ate when I was bored on the job. Pizza, burgers, chips, sweets—you name it. Friends would visit me and bring more food, and even if I was full, I would eat. And I wasn't working out at all.Then, in late 2007, my brother was training for his first MMA fight, and I came to watch. I noticed that two men were essentially his eyes during the match, calling out suggestions to him to help him fight. I realized that Iwanted to be in his corner, helping him just like them. But first, I needed to understand the world of martial arts. So I joined a boxing gym. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below 1 I started boxing four times a week … [Read more...] about The Workout And Eating Plan That Helped This Woman Lose 70+ Pounds
Photo courtesy of Caitlin Bernard Name: Caitlin BernardAge: 26Occupation: Graduate StudentHometown: Woodstock, VermontStart Weight: 230 pounds End Weight: 142 poundsTime Running: 2 yearsI went through a difficult heartbreak in March 2016. Throughout the relationship, I had gained a significant amount of weight, had unhealthy eating habits, and did not exercise at all. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below I was having trouble figuring out how to cope with the loss, and a friend suggested I come to the gym with her and try to workout some of the sadness. I jumped on the treadmill, and I only made it a half a mile. But from that moment on, my entire life changed. When I began this journey, I weighed 230 pounds, ate poorly, and did not take care of myself. Once I started running, I consulted friends and nutritionists to learn more about healthy eating habits. I tried different strategies, found accountability buddies, and eventually found what worked best for me. Eating well and … [Read more...] about A Breakup Led to This Woman Losing 88 Pounds
S.A. woman loses 90 pounds and now leads free fitness class By Richard A. Marini July 12, 2017 Updated: July 12, 2017 12:01pm Photo: Courtesy Photo Image 1of/13 CaptionClose Image 1 of 13 Helen Costa-Giles is seen with her two sons after she lost 90 pounds and got in shape as the leader of a thrice-weekly boot camp that starts at 4 a.m. Helen Costa-Giles is seen with her two sons after she lost 90 pounds and got in shape as the leader of a thrice-weekly boot camp that starts at 4 a.m. Photo: Courtesy Photo Image 2 of 13 Helen Costa-Giles is seen with her two sons in late 2013, before she began her fitness journey that today finds her 90 pounds lighter, leader of a thrice-weekly boot camp that starts at 4 a.m., and an online exercise guru with an audience that stretches from San Antonio to Japan and Qatar as well as the rest of the … [Read more...] about S.A. woman loses 90 pounds and now leads free fitness class