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How One Woman Lost 85 Pounds and Conquered Diabetes

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Photo by Todd Winters

Start weight: 260 lbs.

Current weight: 175 lbs.

How One Woman Reversed Her Diabetes Through Healthy Eating & Exercise

Tiff McFierce got a pretty big scare when her doctor told her she had diabetes. Originally, her blood sugar numbers were in the prediabetic range, but she wasn't able to stick to healthier habits consistently, and at her next visit they had gone up. That was what it took for her to really turn healthy into a lifestyle and not just something that lasted for a little while.

17 Funny Tweets That Prove Everyone Struggles with Healthy Eating

 

Oh, healthy eating. Sometimes you're really in the zone: meal prepping like it's your job, feeling all Jamie Oliver in the kitchen, extremely satisfied with every bite. And then sometimes you're doing all that, but also have the movie Mystic Pizza playing on a loop. Because there's pizza in it. And you want pizza. And then you order pizza. [Sigh.]

How Rain Parker Lost 150 Pounds

Submitted by admin on Wed, 04/12/2017 - 10:19

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Rain Parker missed her period...for months. In the fall of 2010, the 30-year-old finally visited a doctor and found out why. At 300 pounds, she was too heavy to ovulate. Rain also learned she had high cholesterol, high blood pressure and was pre-diabetic. "I came home a mess," she says. That night, Rain told her girlfriend, Temica, she needed to make a change—before it was too late.

Real Life Transformations: How Daniel Wolkow Lost 200 Pounds Cooking at Home

Submitted by admin on Fri, 03/10/2017 - 09:32

When Daniel Wolkow stepped onto a paddleboat during a family vacation in July of 2013, it started to sink. So the 40-year-old college professor waved his wife and 6-year-old daughter on without him. "As I watched my girls paddle away, all I could think about was what else I wouldn't be able to do with them as my daughter grew up," Daniel says. "Paddleboats today, horseback riding tomorrow?" At 6'2", 420 pounds, Daniel knew his weight would always get in the way. He decided to change that. Today, he's down to 230 pounds.

How He Did It

How Chef Seamus Mullen Went from Overweight and Sick to Healthy and Fit Eating Delicious Food

Submitted by admin on Wed, 02/01/2017 - 14:56

Five years ago, Seamus Mullen, the energetic 42-year-old James Beard Award-nominated chef of Tertulia and El Comado in New York City, was sick—really sick. Every morning went like this: he sat up in bed and let his feet dangle over the edge for 10 minutes to let the swelling in his hands and feet subside. Then he stood up and hobbled to a lounge chair where he sat for another 15 minutes before hobbling to the shower. Sometimes his hands were too swollen to button his shirt. He wore slip-on clogs because it hurt too much to tie his shoes.

How A Personal Trainer Helped Lorraine Papazian-Boyce Lose 150 Pounds

Submitted by admin on Wed, 12/14/2016 - 11:19

At 301 pounds, 5'7" Lorraine could barely walk up her driveway. "I knew I had to make changes, but was struggling to do so." When a personal trainer opened for business in her small town of Belfair, WA, Lorraine signed up for a session. Two and a half years later, she'd dropped 147 pounds. "I can run a 5K and am in the best shape of my life!"

Pictured: Lorraine Papazian-Boyce, 61, before & after losing 150 pounds.

How Todd Lingo Lost Over 100 Pounds

Submitted by admin on Tue, 12/13/2016 - 09:42

Todd raked through his entire closet one night in March 2012. Nothing fit. "I was so upset I started to cry, wondering 'What did I do to myself?' " Todd determined to change. Over the next 14 months, the Coventry, RI, resident lost 103 pounds. "I went from XXL to M."

Pictured: Todd Lingo, 45, before and after his 100 pound weight-loss transformation.