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Losing Weight, Gaining Wellness: How I Lost 75 Pounds and Turned Healthy Choices into a Lifestyle

Growing up, I was always overweight. 

Each year at my physical, my pediatrician would show my Body Mass Index graph. I was always over the 95th percentile for my age and height. 

My physician would always encourage me to make healthier food choices and to try to be more physically active, and I was always eager to do just that. Trust me: I was dying to lose the extra weight. For some reason, I just didn’t have the self-motivation or determination to actually do it. 

I would follow their advice. I’d start a diet. But it would only be a few weeks before I’d be back to my unhealthy eating habits. This cycle seemed to repeat itself all the way through high school. When I graduated, I finally came to a realization: this body is mine for life, and I needed to start taking care of it. After all, nobody else is going to do it for me. 

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