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Real Motivation: Real Weight Loss Journey That Is Slow, Steady, and Effective

Read about a Reddit user's weight loss journey over 10 months through various techniques and exercises.

Article by Madeleine Smith

A before and after photo of a 5'5" female showing a weight reduction from 164 pounds to 130 pounds. A total loss of 34 pounds.
F/32/5'5" [164-130= 34lbs] 10 months. Slow and steady!
Originally posted on /r/progresspics


A Reddit user's weight loss journey has been documented for 10 months on the platform. They have lost 34lbs through different strategies and workouts.

Beachbody programs and meal plans

The Reddit user credits various Beachbody programs and meal plans with the initial push toward weight loss. They reveal that 75% of their meals are paleo, but they still cheat. The meal plans helped to establish healthy eating habits and motivated them to push beyond their comfort zone.

Squatting, strength training, running, and cycling

The Reddit user incorporates various exercises and workouts into their routine to keep things fresh and challenging. Squats, deadlifts, hamstrings, dips, presses, running, and cycling are just a few activities that they mentioned doing regularly. They are always interested in taking on more challenges, and at the time of writing, they had planned to try rock climbing soon.

Before and after pictures

The Reddit user advocates for taking quality before pictures to inform future progress. They believe it is vital to keep track of your body's changes to avoid feeling discouraged when progress isn't visible from day to day. Taking before pictures can also provide encouragement when you reflect on where you started and how far you have come.


The Reddit user's ten-month journey is an inspiration to others trying to lose weight. The techniques and exercises they used may not work for everyone, but their determination to try new things and find the right combination that works for them is commendable. The most important aspect of their journey is the slow and steady approach, proving that fad diets and quick fixes failed and were not sustainable in the long run.

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Madeleine Smith

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Madeleine is passionate about empowering individuals with the information and tools they need to transform their bodies and lives.