Name: Anthony Belfiore
Before Weight: 260 pounds
How I Gained It: I have always been an athletic person, yet I fell into bad eating habits. I gained this weight in 2008 by eating poorly, stress, lack of cardiovascular exercise and also the onset of a pituitary brain tumor, which led to blindness. I thought I was just having eyesight problems, but severe headaches revealed the tumor and thankfully emergency surgery restored my eyesight.
Breaking Point: During the recovery period, I noticed how heavy I had become. I was shocked by my weight gain. I decided to start changing my body for not only appearance but health reasons.
How I Lost It: I bought a used treadmill for $50. When I got to the owner’s house to pick it up, it was being used as a coat rack! That treadmill would change my life. I couldn’t run for more than 30 seconds, so I would walk and jog as long as I could. I eventually adopted a “clean” eating program of lean meats, vegetables, fruits and nuts.
I quickly started dropping weight. Combined with weight training four days a week, I found I could eventually run long distances without a problem. I was now transformed and fit by living how I should have been living forever!
I am now in control of my body, and it has lead to a tremendous feeling of accomplishment, which follows me into each and every situation I encounter. In fact, I now spring out of bed each morning [and head] for my workout room. I will live like this for the rest of my life — and hopefully now it will be a long and healthy one.
After Weight: 160 pounds
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