After 10 years of dieting and binge eating, I was at an all-time low. My self-esteem was terrible, my life felt like it was constantly on hold until I lost the weight, and I thought that I would never be able to feel "normal" around food.Through all the ups and downs of dieting, I became disconnected with who I really was and constantly denied myself what I wanted. Whether it was food or engaging in different life experiences, I held myself back from enjoying the things I wanted to. (Looking for a program that will help you get a flat tummy—and keep it that way? With our Lose Belly Fat—For Good routines, you can see results in as little as two weeks.)As a result, my days were dull, my spirit felt dead, and my relationship with myself was terrible. I mean, if someone else was constantly denying me what I wanted, I probably wouldn't like them very much, either. I wanted to feel alive again, and deep down I knew that wasn't something I needed to lose 40 pounds to do.Why I … [Read more...] about How Real, Honest Journaling Helped Me Lose 40 Pounds
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Before: 180 lbsAfter: 138 lbsI never practiced healthy eating habits growing up. I'd skip breakfast every single day out of convenience. When it came to the rest of my meals, I ate whatever I wanted. I was an emotional eater and had the mentality that if something made me happy, I should just eat it. Unfortunately, what made me happy was snacking on Oreos and Goldfish. Around fifth grade, these habits finally caught up with me and I started gaining weight. I was starting to get a little bit of a belly. However, I'd been an active dancer since age 3, so I was far from morbidly obese.When I hit college, I remained active and went to the gym about two to three times a week. I took Zumba every Wednesday. On other days I ran on the treadmill for as long as I could and ended with some situps and planks on a mat. Despite my workouts, I gained 40 pounds throughout my five years in college. The drinking didn't help, and neither did the late-night study snacks. I grew more self-conscious each … [Read more...] about ‘I Set Out To Get A Revenge Body—But Losing 40 Pounds Changed My Life In A Much Bigger Way’
Name: Taylor LeeAge: 29Occupation: LibrarianHometown: Pittsburgh, PAHow long have you been running?What prompted you to start?How often do you run?(Looking for a running challenge? Sign up for Women's Health's Run 10 Feed 10 10-K Race!) What is your routine?On weekends, when I need to do long runs, I get up when my kid gets up, usually around 7 a.m., then go run when my husband wakes up, usually around 8 or 9. I’m usually back by 11.Do you race? If so, how often, and what kind of races?5Ks over the years, plus two half marathons under my belt. Hoping to do a full marathon next year.Do you engage in other sports or activities? If so, what and how often?cross-training, but I also enjoy hiking.RELATED: 'Why I Love Foam Rolling In The Nude'What’s the most rewarding part of running for you?Please describe your weight loss journey, including your before and after weights.My post-birth weight loss stopped around 180 pounds. I started eating better and got down to … [Read more...] about The Easy Workout Routine That Helped This Woman Lose 40 Pounds
Have you had an extra forty pounds just sort of creep up on you?Chuck Schneider, a human resources consultant that travels around Texas multiple times a week for business, knows the feeling. A year and a half ago, he and his wife moved from St. Louis to the Lonestar state. That's when Chuck noticed his weight start to balloon a good 30 to 40 pounds. "When you move away from what you know, it's tough," says Chuck. "You don't know how good you have it till it's gone. All of a sudden, you're on your own and there are no support strings." Chuck has battled weight fluctuations before: After college he was up to 285, before cutting down to 200 in just 8 months by going to the gym for two hours/day and, as he admits, "not eating a whole lot." Chuck was also using an Ephedra-based product that ultimately sent him to the hospital. In hindsight, he says, "It probably wasn't the healthiest way to do it."But Chuck's ready now. With the expert advice of Craig Ballantyne, C.S.C.S., and the … [Read more...] about The Plan for Losing 40 Pounds
Like many people who have struggled with their weight, Illinois resident Dana Goossens had tried everything from diet changes to hormone injections to Weight Watchers to lose weight. Nothing stuck until her mother forwarded her an article about the Obalon Balloon System, a new FDA-approved weight-loss program that uses balloons to aid in weight loss.It’s basically exactly what it sounds like: Over a period of six months, patients swallow three inflatable balloons (yes, really) that then expand in their stomachs to take up space and encourage patients to eat less. According to Obalon’s official site, the program is geared toward people with a BMI of more than 30 who have tried to lose weight via diet and exercise, and it’s used in “adjunct to a moderate intensity diet and behavior modification program.” The balloons are removed six months after beginning the procedure.Tired of the yo-yo dieting, Goossens decided to reach out to the researchers overseeing … [Read more...] about Would You Swallow a Balloon to Lose 40 Pounds?