Dr. Kevin Gendreau: Lost 125 Lbs.
In early , Call found success with Atkins. All I had to do was copy and paste my recipe into the site, put in the number of servings it makes and it calculates everything! I wanted to experience new things and felt my size was holding me back. Julia lost 38 pounds right off the bat, and then upped her exercise routine, finishing her first marathon 93 pounds lighter. That along with minute walks helped her lose lbs. Briarwood, New York Now: Thank you for taking the time to share your story.
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Ready, set, lose Looking for a little weight-loss motivation? Check out these women and their amazing success stories. Whether they stuck to a new meal plan or trained for a marathon, they all reached their feel-great weight goals. Choose your own path and soon you'll be yelling "I did it! Want to share your own success story? You can enter your weight-loss story here. We'd love to hear from you!
Downloading the MyFitnessPal app and lacing up her running shoes helped Barbara kick 53 pounds to the curb. How she did it: She stopped turning to carbs for comfort and worked out daily to shed 85 pounds. On the verge of weight-loss surgery, Michelle gave Nutrisystem and exercise one last try and peeled off an incredible pounds. After realizing a simple one-mile walk had become too difficult, Chelsea decided to eat clean and slip in daily exercise to regain her pre-college figure.
League City, Texas Now: Alexis held on to the weight she gained from her two pregnancies for some years, but after joining Weight Watchers she learned all about healthy foods and healthy portions. She kicked the last 20 pounds by slowing training for a marathon with her friends. A truly inspiring transformation, Jennifer signed up for a half-marathon despite her distaste for running, and before she knew it began logging serious miles.
She worked her way up steadily, and has since completed many half-marathons and 5Ks. She'll soon run in a miles relay race, too. Jennifer found the perfect workout companion in her dog, who she took on nightly walks. She also started eating smaller portions and more veggies, as well as using a DVD to get in more fitness time. A notorious yo-yo dieter, Marlene found healthier eating habits with Jenny Craig, but really saw the pounds melt off when she finally incorporated fitness into her lifestyle.
Some family and friends went on the journey to lose weight along with Cynthia, and this support system was a driving force in their success. Coupled with DVD workouts and diet changes, she's healthier and happier than ever.
Glen Allen, VA Now: Kim's "no excuses" attitude and a slow but steady diet and workout routine helped her eventually shed 95 pounds. After an injury sidelined this college volleyball star, she gained more than 40 pounds. But after going on Nutrisystem, Lori got her energy back and has now completed several triathlons.
Started biking, first just a few blocks at a time, eventually building up to longer rides. Sydney also started eating more vegetables and lean protein instead of pizza, and eventually lost pounds! Traded candy bars, fast food, and soda for veggies, and started jogging and kickboxing. Started a weight-loss blog and posted photos in a bikini every week to track her progress, upped her exercise, and adopted our CarbLovers Diet plan. Falls Church, Virginia Now: Joined Weight Watchers and started biking.
Cut calories and started exercising, rewarding herself along the way with a new handbag or workout gear for reaching mini targets, like walking 15 minutes each day. Started walking and then running! Signed up for a Lisa has since walked a full marathon!
Cut back on calories. Ashli switched to ordering kids' meals at the fast-food restaurants she loves and ate only a serving of her favorite snacks, so she could still enjoy her favorite foods.
She also started exercising, and ran a 5K for the first time. Started exercising and using Nutrisystem to help her eat at regular meal times. Julia lost 38 pounds right off the bat, and then upped her exercise routine, finishing her first marathon 93 pounds lighter. After gaining 70 pounds as a result of kicking her smoking habit, Heather adhered to a simple plan. She could eat whatever she wanted as long as she stayed around 2, calories a day. She cut that to 1, calories a day, started cycling, and lost 75 pounds!
Started going to boot camp five mornings a week, and was motivated to stick with it thanks to the camaraderie. She also kept a food journal, swapping chips for veggies along the way, and dropped pounds in just under a year. Briarwood, New York Now: Starting cooking healthy meals and using a scale and food journal to track everything she ate.
Carmen also started walking, and two months later she was logging 10, steps a day. Inspired by watching the Ironman World Championship on TV Kim started exercising, working up to minutes, five days a week. I have some special days coming up early next year, and I have time to get on this before those arrive!
We just LOVE you and all the creative spirit and energy you share with all of us! Lisa put this so well! Such a gracious hostess, even from afar. Oh my goodness you are looking fabulous!!!
Hopefully he will come home to a svelte new wife!! Thank you for sharing this amazing and inspiring story!! Well, I have to say first off that this is incredibly inspirational. Thank you for sharing this with us! I really do appreciate you sharing this with us. I hope to hear you post more about your journey? Amanada, I must say…. I lost my job a year or so ago and I am still unemployed! I have been depressed, I have isolated myself, and as I said, I physically feel uncomfortable. I think everyone is different.
Thank you for sharing!! That is very inspiring! I do wonder though, what did you drink before switching over to water entirely? Thank you so much for sharing the details of your weight loss. It is so hard to do it on you own, but your specifics really create a light at the end of the tunnel.
I am totally inspired! I started something similar to this but I let it slip by. I stuck with it for about a week and a half and then just went back to my normal routine. Thank you for this. I am going to the store after work and I am buying those VitaCraves! I can give you my secret for weight loss.
Oh, and when the second child comes along, see if you have time to eat for yourself! Plus, running after them too! You look awesome…way to go.
Wow…you really motivated me! One question though, regarding your water intake…is it just straight-up water or do you mix it with Crystal Light or something? I love my Diet Coke, but I am trying to switch to water…what worked for you in this area? Congrats to both of you on your weight loss.
Thanks so much for your tips. You can never get too many tips on weight loss. So any tips you want to share would be great. Thanks again and Congrats: What a great, inspiring post! I have cut out fast food for the past three months yay! That alone has helped, I think! I may have to try getting pre-made foods to try to help. We also eat a llot of fresh raw fruits and veg, and steamed when possible.
First I want to say Congratulations!! I thought you looked just fine before, but now you look like an even better version of yourself!
Second, this is my first post on your site and I really wanted to say thank you for posting how you have lost the weight. So thank you again for generously sharing your success story, and you deserve to brag about it!! Congrats to you and your hubby! Choosing water over chemical-laden diet sodas was one of the best things you did. Just remember to not rely on prepackaged food as you trek on! Lots of processed ingredients. Sorry, the nurse in me took over my post!!
Best wishes on maintaining your health! Thanks for the inspiration!!! I have your original problem. I exercise at the gym then go to water aerobics.
I feel better after exercising but no change in weight. Your method is worth a try. I will send you results. Congratulations on your success. You look and feel great. I wish you would post some new recipes that helped you lose the weight! Ones that include amount of calories? It would be very helpful. Congrats on your weight loss!!
I know the feeling that comes with seeing results on the scale. I have gained alot of my weight back simply bc of no motivation. I think this blog was just what I needed! And keep up the great work!!!
Congrats and thanks for sharing your story! You both look great! Congrats on your hard work and results. Thank you for posting this!! I also gave up everything to drink except water… i lost about 70 pounds in 2 months doing the exact same thing you did.
Your post gave me the push I needed!! I have to get this weight off, I have to. All along I knew what to do, and happy to see someone else had the same results…….. I am so impressed with people who have the dedication to make it work, Thanks for sharing your story. PS I still think you looked good before! This is a fabulous post Amanda. I have really enjoyed reading it. Not at all preachy like some weightloss stories can be: I am feeling inspired to make some changes — I have 10 years of happily married, 2 kids and love to eat my own cooking weight to shift LOL.
I love the Vita Craves too — but at Wal-Mart they have generic ones that are much cheaper and taste even yummier so just in case you want to try those out…I think that they taste better than regular gummi bears!
Hey You look great! I noticed, esp in the last post with your family pics that both you and Kevin were looking thinner! The good and bad of publishing self pics! I think your exercise played a role too.
I exercise in spurts so my weight and size fluctuates throughout the year. Like others have said, that sugar is my downfall.
I need to find some fun, active things to do to keep ME motivated. Reading your post has inspired me. I just think that a lot of women see things like this and wish they could be a size 4 or 2 or whatever. I know how hard the diet thing is. I had gastric bypass 21 months ago and have lost a total of 80 lbs.
I feel so good!!! Great job and keep up the good work!!! I have 2 boys that I cook for and too felt guilty not being able to keeping cooking which I love. Can you post that sight you talked about where you enter your recipe to get the right portion I could truly use this so cool!! I even decided to get a treadmill for myself, i am truly determined to lose the weight and be healthier in the next couple of months.
Thank you for the wonderful information and insight on all the delicious thing out there to eat especially deserts which I love! I definitly have put on the newlywed pounds and need to loose, this is definitly a motivation!!! I recently had to lose weight for health reasons and I am on my last 10 pounds! I lost 35 so far! I know how great it feels to lose weight and how good you feel about yourself!
You inspire me to continue!! Hopefully Corey and I can do the same this year. We followed the same type program a few years ago, but after his accident we put all of our weight back on. But are trying to get back there again. You just inspired me! My mom and I have been trying desperately to lose weight. We did the gym thing for a year and we were watching what we ate…and we started losing weight but it was getting expensive.
I have been on a rollercoaster this paste couple months trying to figure out how to lose weight. I am going to use your little secrets thank you soooooo much and see what happens. I am forwarding this on to my mom so she can read your blog too. That is really awesome. I have just started working out that part I can manage , but it is the eating that gets me!
I like how you gave ideas on how to keep track of calories. My question is how did you come up with the calories a day? Is that the recommended amount for your age?
Measuring portions is a real eye opener and changing to drinking water is a big plus, and activity weather walking or the gym are very beneficial! I so enjoy you thoughtful emails and look so forward to getting them from you……You have inspired me….
Hugs to you Jill. Thanks so much for posting this blog! I have always been underweight, but this last year things have started to stick. Anyways I was really encouraged by your blog and am excited to start getting healthy myself! Amanda, you look wonderful.. I have about 50 lbs to lose.. My husband could stand to lose at least 20 lb…I know I can do it.. I used to be able to keep weight off and lose 10 pounds at the drop of the hat. That was before I had babies and turned 40! My husband really needs to lose weight and I have almost given up ever losing any weight and keeping it off again.
Anyway, thank you for doing this. I did the exercise and not lose any weight thing, too. Today I started drinking water intentionally. I determined that was all I would drink. Then I come here and see you did that, too. Amanda- that is absolutely fantastic and totally inspiring! You look amazing and you and Kevin both should be proud!
The transformation is amazing. Thank you for taking the time to share your story. You and your husband supporting each other is awesome and if you decide to have kids down the road, you can help them to learn healthy eating habits. I already wondered how you have time to do all that you do!
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You May Also Like: You look beautiful — before and after. Lots of tips for me to take home too: Wow you look awesome! Great Job what an accomplishment!!! Are you still exercising as well or are all 30 pounds just from the calorie diet? Thanks for sharing your story. So so good for you! You truly look great. Good for you for sticking with it. Congratulations on your weight loss Kevin too. Losing weight is a hard thing to do!
I think I might give it a go after the holidays: You really do look great. I am a lurker who Had to come out of lurking to say congrats!! Thanks for being awesome! You looked wonderful before, too!! Girl… you have inspired me!! Amanda you have done a great job! Thanks for all your great tips. But I might take some of your tips into action- thanks for the links, too.