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From Algarvi, About.com Guest
How much weight I lost:
For nearly five years I weighed 448 lbs. Now I weigh 126 lbs. In total, I lost 322 lbs in four years.
What motivated me to lose weight:
I'm mother of the four. I knew I needed to be a healthy mom and wife. My kids and my hubby were my motivation.
How I lost weight:
I felt like food was the only thing in my life that I could control. I started out with small goals, such as “walk three miles a week” or “drink 64 ounces of water.” Gradually, I was able to build myself up to bigger, more important ones. To stay motivated, I would reward myself for achieving even the smallest goals, including completing home-video workouts in my living room (where I exercised because I was too embarrassed to show my giant body at the local gym).
Tips and Tricks:
- I then turned to overhauling my diet, focusing on vegetables, lean proteins and egg whites. My list of banned items included bread, pasta, and canned or prepackaged foods. I gave up that control over food and used food to live – it changed my entire concept of food.