As promised, here's the story my gym posted on their "Member Success Story" board. The photo they used is this one.
I’ve been overweight my entire adult life. At 5’7" and 170 pounds I was squarely in the "overweight" area on the BMI scale. I decided to live with it as making a change is hard – working out and dieting is hard work. I learned to like myself at 170. At 29 years old I was diagnosed with severe clinical depression. I was put on medication, and while the meds gave me my life back, they brought more weight with them. I was over 200 pounds now. In February of 2004 I was given a free "body composition" test. They told me I was 206 pounds with a body fat of 37.8%. On the BMI scale I was now "obese." I began working out the next day. After not losing much in the first month, I added a strict diet to the mix and the weight started coming off. I lost the "medication weight" and was back to 170. I joined 24 Hour Fitness in November of 2004. I’ve continued losing weight from 170 down to 140 – a healthy weight range for my height. My last body fat test showed a body fat percentage of 23.6% - that’s a drop of more than 14%! I have never weighed this little my entire adult life. I love working out at 24 Hour Fitness and have really begun enjoying weight training – I can actually see some muscles now! And best of all, I am still not bored 3 ½ years later. I have so many choices for weight training and cardio that I can change it up whenever I need to and the exercise is so important in keeping the weight off. I am never going back to my fat self. I’ve gotten rid of all my fat clothes except for two pairs of my fattest jeans to remind myself how far I have come.
And if you want to read the original that the above is based on, it can be found here.
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