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MOTIVATION MONDAYS: ‘The Weight Is Over’ Video Talking About Losing 150 Pounds In 12 Months


What a difference a year makes. On this day exactly one year ago I decided to commit myself to a better lifestyle and put in the work daily to regain my health and control of my life. There have been numerous obstacles over the past 12 months, but I am happy to say that I’ve lost 150 pounds (so far). Check out the video below as I talk about my struggles and progress, and I also say goodbye to my beard.

#bern200 – Moving The Weight: Govan (@ThereIsNoOwl) Lost 135 lbs. & Is Adding Muscle With Motivation


It took me a long time to get the strength and courage to make the changes essential to live a healthier life. I consider myself very fortunate to personally know a handful of people that decided to take control of their health. ‘Moving The Weight’ is a series that will feature success stories from friends that have motivated me on my weight loss journey.

Not every story is just about losing weight. There are plenty of skinny unfit people walking around. Govan showed me the way with his story, and while I’m trying to lose 200 lbs total I’m also going to add about 30 lbs of muscle. Here’s his story.

Name: Govan Curl Jr
Age: 26
Height: 6’2″
Before Weight: 320
How I Gained It: Eating whatever i wanted and being an overall lazy person without a lot of real ambition or drive.
Breaking Point: There wasn’t necessarily a breaking point. in March of 2010, My parents signed the family up for a weight loss challenge through 10tv commit to be fit as a way to try and get me working out and thats what got the ball rolling.
How I Lost It: In the beginning i played a lot of basketball and ran in the mornings on the elliptical machines. I would go to the gym twice a day whenever i could and burn as many calories as possible. I ate mostly lean meats and veggies and i lost about 50 pounds in 2 months for the contest. I got down to about 185 in the summer of 2012 when i almost became a runner. I started to run races and i ran whenever i could but then it got cold and i fell madly in love with the weight room.
Current Weight: 215
GOAL: 235
The Hardest Part About Losing Weight Is…. Losing weight isn’t actually hard, in my opinion. The toughest part is convincing yourself that you need to and staying dedicated even when results aren’t immediately apparent. One thing i learned through my journey is that the battle with weight and body image is a hell of a lot more mental than physical. The human body is an amazing machine that will pretty much do anything your mind tells it to.
My Advice To Those Trying To Lose Weight: Don’t get caught up in the end results because there is no end to being fit and healthy. Find a way to take pride and find enjoyment in your journey and it’l be a lot easier not to get burnt out.

#bern200 – Moving The Weight: April Lost 65 Pounds With Healthy & Fun Habits



It took me a long time to get the strength and courage to make the changes essential to live a healthier life. I consider myself very fortunate to personally know a handful of people that decided to take control of their health. ‘Moving The Weight’ is a series that will feature success stories from friends that have motivated me on my weight loss journey.


Name: April Marie McDonald
Age: 25
Height: 5’5″
Before: 230 lbs.
How I gained it: I was raised in a house filled with Coke and Little Debbies and with no knowledge of a healthy lifestyle
Breaking Point: When I realized that my physical health was going to prevent me from living the life I was intended to live.
How I lost it: In the past three years, I have worked out more than I have ever worked out in my whole life. I have also learned about healthy eating and have changed my habits completely without depriving myself. Mike Nicholson’s hip hop fitness at Phlex Fitness in Gahanna Ohio has also been my saving grace ever since I discovered it in March of 2012. I also see my my daughter as my greatest motivation and I want her to grow up knowing how important it is to be healthy.
Current Weight: 165
The hardest part about losing weight is: Self control when it comes to food!!!!!
My advice to those trying to lose weight: Don’t give up!!! Find something you love doing that makes you active and keep doing it! Don’t eat junk all the time! Imagine how much happier you’ll be when all is said and done.

Follow April on Instagram http://instagram.com/ayeeeeeepril and Facebook http://www.facebook.com/april.mcdonald.58


#bern200 – How To Gain 225 Pounds In Eight Years


Depending on when you met me, you wouldn’t believe how much my weight has changed over the past 11 years. I used to share pictures of myself from 2002-04 with strangers to show them that I wasn’t fat all of my life. One of the most common questions that I’ve been asked is how I went from graduating from high school in 2002 weighing 180 pounds, to tipping the scales at well over 400 pounds in 2010. As unbelievable as it may seem, it’s very easy to gain an extravagant amount of weight by practicing bad eating habits daily and exercising as little as possible.

In high school, I was a varsity football player, and just as active in recreational sports outside of the fall months. I would routinely exercise and engage in cardiovascular activities a few hours a day, seven days a week. I ate a lot, some home cooked meals and some fast food, but the amount of physical activity I performed made it easy to burn these calories off. In the years following high school my exercise and physical activity was reduced slightly. Relationships, college and work got in the way of working out, but I was still maintaining 225-230lbs, which is more than reasonable for a 5’11 male.

Around 2007 is when I started to feel the most change My fast food consumption increased and my level of physical activity went in the opposite direction, and I slowly morphed into your typical lazy college student. I dropped out of college, accepted a nice comfy call center job, in the next few years I was off of my feet 95% of the day, and spent most of the hours in between sunrise and sunset eating as much fast food as possible, mostly out of boredom / depression. My calorie intake was off the charts; some days exceeding 6,000 calories. Here’s an example of a normal day in 2010:

Breakfast (1500 total calories):

Two (2) Sausage Egg Muffin Sandwich – 900 calories
One (1) Hash Brown – 150 calories
12oz Caramel Frappe – 450 calories

At Work Snacks (684 total calories):
Two (2) 20oz Cola Soft Drink – 364 calories
2oz Plain Potato Chips – 320 calories

Lunch (1665 total calories):
Chicken Burrito (with white  rice, pinto beans, sour cream, cheese, lettuce) – 1075 calories
Chips & Salsa – 590 calories

Dinner (2563 total calories)
6 Slices (3/4) 14″ Large Pepperoni Pizza – 1,980 Calories
50oz Cola Soft Drink – 583 calories

Total Average Daily Consumption – 6,412 calories.

This is an example of a  typical day of consumption for me. If you combine eating like this with zero physical activity, it’s easy to see how I blew up so rapidly. You personally may not eat like this, but more than likely you eat two or three similar meals a day. I did a 180 degree turn on my eating habits, and it was a major contributing factor into how I lost 130lbs in 6 months.

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