Dancing Truck Driver Loses Over 100 Pounds


                                                                                                   Dancing Truck Driver Loses Over 100 Pounds

Truck driver loses 100 pounds with Zumba (John Drury)

 

Reblogged:From Yahoo.com

Dancing Truck Driver Loses Over 100 Pounds.Meet Big John Drury, a 43-year-old truck driver who has lost over 100 pounds through dancing. In 2011, the 400 lb Big John found himself having health problems after years of hard 70-hour work weeks driving trucks and eating greasy fast food on the road. But then, John discovered Zumba and eating right. Now he’s a svelte 290 lbs, and teaches his own weight loss dance classes! Check him out… http://screen.yahoo.com/dancing-truck-driver-loses-over-224015505.html 

 

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I Lost Weight: Holly White Committed To Nutritious Eating And Lost 100 Pounds


  Reblogged:from Huffington Post                                                                                                                                             Name: Holly White                                                                                                            Age: 25                                                                                                                                    Height: 5’4″                                                                                                                         Before Weight: 275 poundsI Lost Weight Holly White

How I Gained it: When I was in college, I started eating out a lot at lunch, mostly at fast food restaurants because it was easy to grab a burger between classes. The habit of eating burgers and fries every day stuck with me even after college was over; I continued to eat unhealthy meals when I started working, as well. I would get fast food three to four times a week. I wasn’t eating enough fruits and veggies at the time, either. I would always go for the quick snacks like chips and candy, I didn’t control my portion sizes and I didn’t get enough exercise in my daily routine.

Breaking Point: I couldn’t stand having my picture taken because of the way I looked in photographs. I also got tired of going to the store and seeing all of the really cute outfits that I loved but couldn’t wear. It just really hit me one day that unless I made up my mind to do something about my weight, things would never change.

How I Lost It: I started Weight Watchers again (a few years before, I had actually lost about 30 pounds on the program, but I didn’t stick with it), and I started exercising every day. Exercising is definitely not the easiest or most fun thing when you first get started, but I knew it was something I needed to do in order to lose weight and get healthy. I started off by walking about 25 to 30 minutes each afternoon for about a week or so. Then, I just started working my time up and switching off between the treadmill and bicycle. I would walk outside sometimes, if the weather permitted. Once the weight started coming off, I was more motivated to exercise and continue losing. Now I walk, jog or bicycle around three to four miles every afternoon and I really enjoy it. I just don’t feel right if I don’t do some type of exercise now!

I also make healthier food choices; instead of eating a 100-calorie chocolate snack (even though it may only be a couple of WW points), I go for lots of fruit and veggies because they’re a lot better for me in the long run. I have become addicted to peaches and watermelon!

I think being older and more mature helped me to realize that my weight was very unhealthy and that I needed to do something about it now, not put it off until later. Everyone at work and my family was very supportive and really encouraged me the entire time, which I think is a really important thing. When someone is trying to lose weight, hearing the occasional “How much have you lost now?” or “You’re doing great, keep it up!” is really motivating and helps keep you going even on those rough days!

I definitely feel better about myself, both mentally and physically. And I can wear some of those cute outfits now!

After Weight: 173 pounds

I Lost Weight: Suzi Walthall Swapped Alcohol For Activity And Lost 250 Pounds


 Success Story: Reblog, from Huffington Post                                                                                                                                                                                  Name: Suzi Walthall                                                                                                                                    Age: 42                                                                                                                    Height: 5’8″                                                                                                                                              Before Weight: 430 pounds                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        How I Gained It : Growing up, I had always been somewhat larger than my classmates, but I was very active. I rode my bike all over my university twin cities, walked and every summer I could be found swimming laps at my local pool. It was not until the age of 16 when I started to drink alcohol and eat more that I started to gain weight. Up until I was 38 years old, I binged on alcohol and food and I stopped being physically active. I attribute most of this to emotional issues of being bullied throughout school. The alcohol and food were my way to numb the pain. By 2005, when I saw a psychiatrist who had a digital scale that went up to 500 pounds, I weighed in around 460 pounds. I remembered just how close to 500 pounds that was, thinking if I were to even try to do anything about it, it would take a lifetime. By 2008, over time I got down to 430 pounds, but not purposely. I imagine it could have been mainly water weight.                                                                                                                                                    Breaking Point: At the start of 2008, my mother would often say to me, “When it gets warmer, you and I are going to start to go on walks, even if it is just to the corner and back.” I would laugh off the idea, because at that point, the thought of exercise was out of the question. It wasn’t until June 14 that same year that something within me snapped. I said to myself, “I am not having anymore of this. This time, I will lose the weight, and it will be successful.” So that day, I did only what I knew I could do: I walked, and barely even that.                                                                                                                                                                        How I Lost It: That first day I walked, I could only go for a few blocks: 0.4 miles. But I knew if I stuck to it daily and added distance, I would be a success. Each day, I ventured out further until by my sixth week, I was walking two miles, twice a day. I had to put out of my mind the thought that people passing by in cars would yell obscenities while I walked. I cringed every time a car passed, but no one ever made fun of me during the whole time. In the meantime, I also radically changed my eating habits. I stopped eating at buffets and fast food places and prepared my own healthy meals.                                                                                                                                                                              On July 31, I had to put those same worries of ridicule out of my mind when I joined my first gym, just a mile away. At that gym, I started on Nautilus machines, building strength throughout my body. In February of 2009, I hired my first personal trainer who trained me to do traditional weight lifting, but it was not until August of that same year when my cardiovascular fitness was ramped up even more. I hired another trainer who had me doing cardio kickboxing with him as well as high-intensity interval training, core and stability work and at other times, very heavy strength training.                                                                                                                                                                       The weight was shedding off of me and I was becoming stronger. I had him for exactly a year and then went on to have an abdominoplasty where excess skin in the abdominal region is removed. I also had hernia repair, so I had to take it easy for over a month. I found it hard to sit still during recovery, but I did and once I eased myself back into physical activity, my recovery went even more smoothly.                                                                                                                                                                                                 That fall, I enrolled at my local college in the kinesiology program. It was my goal to learn more about the body’s response to exercise. I am now preparing for my fourth semester, with three very successful ones behind me. In May, I passed the National Strength and Conditioning Association exam for certified personal training. I have a few classes to pick up before graduating and then hope to continue at a four-year university.                                                                                                                                                                            If anyone would have told me just over four years ago that I would be certified to train others to become fit or even be fit myself, I would have laughed. It blows my mind when I think of all the physical activity I am now capable of that I was not even before I gained the weight. I can now run, my swimming is better and I have no problem taking 40-mile trips on my bike. Riding against the wind and up hills is no longer a problem. I also have a love for kettlebell exercises. Whereas overindulgence of alcohol used to be my passion, my passion now is staying active. A lot of people who are not even as bad off as I once was often tell me they just cannot do what I have done, and I remind them of where I once was and how I pulled myself together. As a result of my own transformation, I am finding that my friends are becoming more active. While it feels great to be fit, it also feels very rewarding to motivate and inspire others.                                                                                                                                                                  After Weight: 180 pounds                                                                                                                                                                         diet, Dieting, dieting programs, Eating, Fitness, Food, Health, Healthy Ways to Lose Weight, Huffington Post, Human nutrition, Loss Weight, Nutrition, Physical exercise, Pound (mass), Shopping, Suzi Walthall, Top Weight loss, Weight, weight loss, Weight Loss Tips, weight tips

Weight Loss Success: Steve Quillen Bought A Harley And Lost 127 Pounds


Reblogged: from Huffington Post                                                                        Weight Loss Success: Steve Quillen Bought A Harley And Lost 127 Pounds.      I think success storys are great becouse they are full of inspiration for others. So here is another story.                                                                                               Name: Steve Quillen                                                                                                  Age: 59                                                                                                                        Height: 5’10”                                                                                                              Before Weight: 339 pounds

How I Gained It: I let myself go in the last 10 years, falling into a sedentary lifestyle and less than sensible eating patterns. I could not weigh myself for a while because my scale would not register over 300 pounds. When I started to lose weight, I weighed in at more than 339 pounds. That’s the last recorded weigh in by my doctor, but I continued to pig out over the fall and winter before I actually buckled down and started the trek.

First and foremost, you should know my line of work. I install soda fountain units and systems for various restaurants, cafes, bars and bistros. I am exposed to just about every food you can imagine. Many times, we were offered freebies: eye-popping pizzas, sandwiches, buffets and desserts. My diet consisted of pizza, fried chicken, burgers, biscuits and gravy (one of my all-time favorites), in addition to Mexican, Asian and Italian food. There wasn’t much I didn’t like or try.

Breaking Point: My weight loss story really began when I purchased a Harley Davidson about two years ago. At the time I bought my Harley I really hadn’t ridden a motorcycle since the early ’80s. I grew up riding but had not revisited the excitement until a few years ago. My co-workers owned and rode various bikes and encouraged me to take the plunge and buy one. Although a Harley has plenty of power to pull a big boy down the highway it takes a certain amount of strength and ability — both mental and muscular — to maneuver the bike safely and comfortably.

As I grew into the bond with my iron horse I found myself enjoying the fellowship and lifestyle of motorcycling. There was something missing from the experience — so I set out on a change of eating habits to lose the extra weight.

How I Lost It: I became a vegetarian and I haven’t looked back. There has been so much negativity about meat these days that I simply thought it best and healthiest to just give it up altogether. I use the calories elsewhere in my diet to make a more satisfying meal.

I gave up fast food and the usual fare that goes with the lifestyle of a biker, the fries, dogs, steaks, barbecue and burgers. I doubt that there are that many vegetarian bikers on the road. It’s been a little more than a year now, and I have lost 127 pounds in the process. I eat only healthy foods and occasionally splurge on veggie pizza or veggie fajitas. I do eat eggs and cheese and take supplements to make up for some of the protein. I consume many vegetables and whole grains, along with lots of water and the occasional diet drink, beer or wine.

I can tell you my bike is much faster these days, and I am much more comfortable during and after rides. It pays to be healthy when you ride: It is a much more enjoyable hobby! Losing weight is no easy task, and it takes a lot of encouragement to stay with it and carry it out, but it can be done at any age. People say that the older you get the harder it is. I don’t believe that. It’s the lifestyle we adopt and adapt to. I would encourage anyone to get out and be active whenever possible and make good choices when eating. It doesn’t mean you have to give up eating out or having fun on a ride, you just make more sensible decisions when doing so.

After Weight: 212 pounds — and still dropping 2012-03-27-Steve2.jpg

 

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