Getting Below 200 Pounds: A Huge Victory

199 pounds on the scale

305 pounds was about 150 pounds more than I should have been carrying around as a 5’10” woman in her 20s and 30s. The truth is that walking around with an extra 150 pounds on my frame left me fatigued, tired, frustrated, and quite frankly – disgusted with my appearance and my life.

Every time I started a diet I looked forward to one thing more than almost any other. I looked forward to seeing this number in front of my weight.

The number “1.” [Read More…]

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