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Life-changing revelations can come when you least expect it. Check out these unexpected weight-loss lessons from people who have been battling their weight for decades.

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Lost60Pounds
Loretta Walker (32 y.o.)

My weight-loss journey has been a typical one where I have battled my weight from my teenage years through adulthood.

Every now and then I would achieve success, but inevitably, the weight came back, and it always came back in a greater amount than I previously weighed. I considered the option of weight-loss surgery for some years, and when I learned about and researched the sleeve gastrectomy surgery, I knew I might have finally found THE tool that could help me achieve a goal that had plagued me for 20-plus years.

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Lost120Pounds
Mark Brewer (37 y.o.)

Mark Brewer never really worked out and didn’t eat healthily, but thought he was fine as long as he didn’t weight 300 pounds. However, when he got to the point where he did weigh 325 pounds, he knew something had to change. “That’s when it really hit me,” he told us. But he didn’t quite know where to start in order to make a lasting impact until one of his coworkers recommended getting a Fitbit.

The device and app helped Brewer create a calorie budget and he also started going on daily walks with his wife.

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Lost42Pounds
Sherry Greenwald (22 y.o.)

What spurred her to lose weight: her health. Greenwald had always been active and healthy, but as she got older and put on weight, she developed high cholesterol and prediabetes.

But what really galvanized her efforts was seeing a photo: “I went to a wedding in the south of France, and when I looked at the picture of myself, I was mortified,” Greenwald recalls. “I’d never thought of myself as being overweight, but I looked heavy and aged.”

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Lost105Pounds
Janielle Wright (19 y.o.)

After having her daughter, Janielle Wright failed to lose the baby weight. While she was overweight before her the birth of daughter, she felt that weighing 337 pounds at 5 feet 8 inches tall kept her from being the mother she wanted to be.

Wright started intermittent fasting, where she fasted for 16 hours and ate during eight hours. She also added 30-minute, high-intensity workouts to her routine. Since January, she has lost 105 pounds.