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Motivated Guy From Virginia Loses 166 Pounds


One Man Decided That Fat Isn’t Acceptable

Austin Shifflett, a 22-year-old man from Charlottesville, Virginia, lost 166 pounds, by changing his diet, and starting an exercise program. While he found comfort in eating junk food, his weight ballooned up to 324 pounds.


He became tired of being bullied about his appearance and decided to take action. His weight loss method was the Atkins Diet, a low carb, high protein regimen. Through diligence, he made a miraculous transition, and now weighs in at 158 pounds.

Here are more weight-loss articles, to get you motivated.  Weight-Loss MotivationWeight-Loss And Common Sense.  90 Inspiring Weight-Loss Stories.  Confused About Calories? Most People Are.   20 Low-Impact Calorie-Burning Exercises.


Irene Pastore is a native New Yorker, health and fitness blogger, and personal trainer. Irene owns this website, and writes all the blog posts. For her complete bio, visit the About Page.

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Quick Tip: Fast Track To Cutting Calories


Don’t get discouraged when you think of cutting back on your food intake. Quick tips will help you begin reducing calories.  Start with one, or more changes.  Small changes add up.  So get going!

Aim for consuming 100 to 200 fewer calories daily.


  • Stop snacking after dinner.
  • Give up your evening dessert.
  • Drop the latte.
  • Eat smaller portions.
  • Don’t eat when you’re not hungry.
  • Cut down on cookies, or eliminate them.
  • Skip the banana. 100 calories.
  • Say no to a milkshake. Around 320 calories.
  • Everyday cut out two pieces of bread. That’s about 260 calories. 
  • Replace soda with water, or chilled herbal tea.  Regular 12 oz. soda 140 calories, 16 oz. 187.


Drive less, walk more.  You’ll also save money on gasoline.

Park your car at the end of the parking lot, and take a round-trip brisk walk to the mall.  

Walk up stairs instead of using an elevator, or escalator.

Copyright 2013 Irene Pastore and Blue Moon Personal Training

Quick Tip: Weight Loss Conversation

Personal Reasons For Weight Loss

Literally, or figuratively, look in the mirror.  Tell yourself one or more good reasons why you want to lose weight.

Write About It

Take one of those good reasons, and write a few sentences about your feelings.  If the writing flows, stay with it, and continue to write.  If you enjoy this process, start a Weight Loss Diary.

Start Your Own Weight Loss Coffee Club

Do you know other people like yourself who want to lose weight?  Form your own Weight Loss Coffee Club.  Have the members of your group do the writing exercises. Share your stories during your Weight Loss Coffee Club meetings.

Invite Guests To Your Club

Do you know friends, family or co-workers who have lost weight?  Invite them to your Weight Loss Coffee Club meetings to tell their weight loss stories.  Success stories will inspire and motivate everyone in your group.

Make It Fun and Informal

  • Forming your own informal weight loss group can be fun and educational. 
  • Go food shopping together.  Read food labels, compare ingredients.
  • Make a date to go out to eat.  Help one another to make healthy food choices. 
  • Take an exercise class with a buddy from your group.
  • Everyday go out for a brisk walk with a friend.

Copyright 2013 Irene Pastore and Blue Moon Personal Training

Rescued Obese Dachshund Must Lose 40 Pounds


Described as adorable and chubby, Obie the dachshund, weighs 77 pounds, because his previous owners overfed him.  The portly 5 year-old canine was rescued by a veterinary technician in Portland, Oregon, and is now on track to shed his excess fat.


Right now Obie’s too big to exercise, but when he trims down, he’ll be able to use a doggie treadmill.

The fat loss formula is the same in animals as humans: healthy diet and exercise.

Read the entire story, see Obie’s photos, and video at the Huffington Post. Obie has a Facebook page, and a special fund for donations.

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Traffic Ticket Inspires Woman To Loose 200 Pounds

No pills, no surgery.  She did it with healthy eating and staying active.

At 408 pounds, Janette Colantonio’s girth was so big, she couldn’t get the seat belt around her.  She was stopped by a police officer in Summerville, S.C., and given a ticket for not wearing her belt. Read this inspiring storyTraffic Ticket Inspires Summerville Woman To Lose More Than 200 Pounds.

This is what her husband had to say, “You don’t need to be heavy.  Anybody can change anything they want to change.  You just have to have motivation to change it.”

South Carolina is among the fattest states in the country. For a Fat Map of the United States see the August 15, 2012 post The United States of Obesity.

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