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Alicia wasn’t extremely overweight and nobody told her that she she needed to lose weight or get healthy, but she knew she had to do something.  Her journey began in 2013 and still continues to this day…

<Alicia: Was there a defining moment that made you want to lose weight?

BDO: Growing up as a young woman I never really looked at myself as being ‘fat.’ I knew that I was overweight from the number on the scale and according to BMI but when I looked in the mirror; I didn’t see 180 pounds in front of me. It wasn’t until my sophomore of college that I really saw my weight getting of hand. However, this still didn’t motivate me entirely to lose weight. My friends and I would go to the gym here and there but I still had a poor diet.

My Story: The First Step In Weight Loss Is to Get Fed Up

When I would go shopping, I realized that my clothing size kept going up and I really hated looking at my stomach; always finding ways to hide it. I then decided that enough was enough and I became fully dedicated to my weight loss journey in January of 2013. I kept going no matter how many times I fell. In March of 2013, I lost my first 30 pounds going from 210 to 180.

What was the biggest hurdle you had to overcome to get healthy?

After a period of working out and eating healthy I came to the conclusion that losing weight isn’t as hard as we make it seem. Anyone can lose weight but that really separates those who succeed from those who don’t is his or her willpower. The ability to get back up after you’ve fallen and remaining dedicated to the process. This was one of the most challenging aspects of my journey that I had to deal with along with being persistence and self-motivated.

We live in a world that continually bombards us with images and videos of unhealthy foods that only increases the obesity epidemic in the world. One has to decide whether to give into that temptation or not to. In addition, when you’re on a budget you’re faced with the decision to buy a salad that’s costs about $7/$8 over a hamburger that goes for $1 nowadays. Choosing to eat healthy and having the willpower to…

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