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'How I Lost 40 Lbs In 5 Months'

Women's Health Logo By Claduia Ramos lost 40 pounds and got back to her pre-pregnancy weight. Here's how she did it. of Women's Health | Slide 1 of 5

'How I Lost 40 Lbs In 5 Months'

BEFORE: 186
AFTER: 139

I'm not one of those people who's ever hated working out and eating healthy foods. I started running for fun at age 18, and that led to my running half-marathons, a full marathon and eventually two half-Ironmans. Then I got pregnant in 2015, and everything changed.

I completely fell out of my fitness routine and stopped training for races. I did no exercise whatsoever—and ate everything within reach. I gained over 50 pounds during the nine months I was pregnant.

Then, in July of 2015, one month after my daughter was born, I went clothes shopping. I remember happily choosing outfits to try on at first, since I was shopping for an outfit to wear out with my husband for the first time since Catalina was born. I got to the dressing room, hands full of clothes, and tried on size-10 pants—my normal size pre-pregnancy. They didn't even come close to fitting. I sat down in the dressing room and started crying.

I couldn’t believe I'd let it reach this point.

© COURTESY OF CLAUDIA RAMOS

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