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Pounds lost: 40

Her advice: "Patience is going to be your best friend. We live in a society that wants results overnight without putting in the work. But that takes away the accomplishment and feeling of victory once you've achieved your goal. And you're more likely to go right back into the old habits that put you in the position you're in right now or when you started. Set yourself up for success and the ability to keep the weight off long-term by embracing the saying 'Slow and steady wins the race.' I tell my clients or anyone that will listen to give themselves about four weeks to start seeing even minor results, eight weeks for people who see you regularly to see a change, and 12 weeks total for every one else to notice a change if you're staying consistent. I find that helps put things into perspective a little more.

"Also, educate yourself. Weight loss is a big deal. And sometimes if not done right, it can be very dangerous. Don't follow a fad diet or crazy workout routine blindly just because it promises you results. Everyone is different. Every body should not be treated the same. No one has walked in your shoes, just like no one has walked in mine. Educate yourself on proper nutrition and exercise so that you know how to listen to your body and respond to its signals appropriately."

Read Marian's full weight-loss story here.