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VIDEO: ''I Lost 150 Pounds and Ran a 15K Race!''

Editor's Note: Every day, regular people just like you are losing weight, getting fit and improving their lives by using SparkPeople. Who knows better about what it really takes to lose weight the healthy way than other members like you? That's why we asked six successful members to share their incredible stories at the September 2009 "Spark Your Life" Convention in Cincinnati. Here's the video Greg (KSIGMA1222) created to show his 155-pound weight loss adventure; afterward, he took the stage to share the three habits that most helped him reach his goals. You can learn more about Greg's journey by picking up your copy of our new book, The Spark, where Greg and more than a dozen other SparkPeople members are featured!

Here are my top 3 secrets to success:
  1. Have a plan and keep it simple. I always get asked "what did you do?" Largely, it's in your head. You have to have a plan and commit to it. This has to be something you can do long-term—not a diet, but a lifestyle change. Plan for a lifestyle and change your mindset toward your life. Things can change in your life, but the basics of your plan do not have to.
  2. Stay committed. Commit to changing your lifestyle, otherwise your goals are just words and ideas. If you don't commit to it, you're just talking again. You can keep your plan flexible and adapt it from time to time to keep things fun and motivating. For example, change up your workouts every so often to keep seeing results and doing new things that you can stick with.
  3. Love yourself. This is the hardest thing to do and something that I'm still working on. Learn to say thank you when someone gives you a compliment. I was heavy all my life. I started freaking out when I began losing weight. When I saw myself in the mirror, I had a hard time accepting it, especially when other people said positive things about me. It doesn't matter where you are on your journey, you have to love yourself. If you don't love yourself, how do you expect others to love you? Keep that positive attitude while you're going through your journey. Just practice saying thank you. You cannot hear it enough: Love yourself.
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Member Comments

You are an inspiration, thanks for sharing your story!
Thanks for sharing your beautiful, inspirational story. Report
Thank you for sharing your success story with others! It has helped to movitate me to reach my ultimate goal of losing weight and getting healthier! Thanks again and good luck on your new lifestyle change. Report
good job :) Report
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Very inspiring story. Thanks for sharing.
My best Regards,
Faisal45 Report
Thank you for sharing your story! We are all encouraged by your journey! Report
Wonderful Job....but what did you eat for the 800 calorie a day for someone your size
to stay full ?? Report
Your story is an inspiring one for everyone to see. You done a great job and I commend you for it. It shows what one can do with their health and life. Your are a much better person, husband and father too. I will think of you when things get rough and say to myself If he can do it I can too. God Bless You and everyone and have a Wonderful Week. Happy Halloweed Report
MARY Report
Amazing! Thanks for sharing. Report
fantastic! thx for sharing ;D Report
Greg it's wonderful how you've changed your life, you are a true inspiration and what a fantastic role model you are for your little ones.
Amazing! Report
This is truly amazing. Great job Report
You are an inspiration.Bless you and may you continue your journey of being a healthy individual. I strive for that and one day I will be an inspiration too. Report


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