Jade Angela Moore, 25, of Norcross lost 100 pounds

Jade Angela Moore, 25, of Norcross lost 100 pounds

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Jade Angela Moore of Norcross weighed 275 pounds, left, when she started going to the gym and working out. By this past June, right, she was down to 175 pounds.

SUCCESS STORY / Jade Angela Moore, 25: From 275 pounds to 175 pounds

Former weight: 275 pounds

Current weight: 175 pounds

Pounds lost: 100 pounds

Height: 5 feet 8 inches

Age: 25 years

How long I’ve kept it off: “I started October 2015 and reached my 100-pound goal in June 2017,” Moore said.

Personal life: “I work as a marketing coordinator at ProLink Inc. … I am the oldest of four kids: I have two sisters and a brother,” Moore said. “My dad is in law enforcement and my mom is in education.” Moore lives in Norcross.

Turning point: “I was laid off from work and I just woke up one morning and looked in the mirror and didn’t like the way I looked or felt — it was a low point in my life, I was not sure how I would pay my bills. I was doing contract work. I decided Oct. 1 to start going to the gym and working out. I basically wanted to get myself together. I feel like I was all over the place, but that was the one thing I could control. I can’t control whether I have a job or not, but I know I can control my body.”

Diet plan: “I cut out all sweets, desserts, anything that would stimulate the sweet tooth,” Moore said. She now does intermittent daily fasting, only eating during an eight-hour time span. She eats the same things, usually poultry, fish and seafood, no red meat or pork, and lots of green vegetables.

Exercise routine: She exercises five to six days per week for an hour to hour and a half. “Now I do more weight training because I’ve lost so much weight I have looser skin. I really don’t do cardio as much now,” Moore said. “When I was in the process of losing weight, I did a ton of cardio — I would go two times per day.”

Biggest challenge: “I felt like some days I wasn’t losing enough weight in a certain amount of time,” Moore said. “I was very impatient in the process. I wanted it all to fall off in two days, knowing that was not the case. … Being patient — that was my hardest issue.”

How life has changed: “I feel much better in terms of health. I feel a little more confident in myself,” Moore said. “… This is the way I used to think: that if I lost weight, it would solve everything. For example, like if you’re depressed, you’re thinking I’m depressed because I don’t look good. That was part of my issue. I didn’t think I was beautiful. I thought I would be beautiful if I lost the weight. I lost the weight and I still didn’t feel beautiful. The ultimate true happiness is with God — with Him in your heart. I just used to think maybe I’ll be happy if I lost weight and guys will look at me and come up to me and talk to me and I’ll have that attention. … Don’t lose the weight for a person, lose it to make yourself better. … It has to come from the inside, otherwise you’ll never be successful.”

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