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As a child, Liz Hronek was active. She floated in the competition and played football, but that did not stop a doctor from telling her at the age of eight that she was "fat" and needed to diet.
"It was traumatic," said the 36-year-old HUMANS for the issue of Half9 "I did not appreciate anything about me. I just felt like a piece of crap. (Related: The reason you handle the exercise may be the key to achieving your weight loss goals.)
To go under-dieting as a primary school student had the opposite effect for Hronek and spent the next decade with it Gain weight. In her sophomore year, she was 300 pounds and relied on unhealthy meals with creamy noodles and liters of soda from the dining room or drive-thru.
Photo: Liz Hronek  One day Hronek was working on a job during class when she suddenly thought "I thought I was pinking my pants." A friend brought her in the campus health center, where she was supposed to be pregnant. She gave birth to a little girl the next day.
"I had a stomach, but I did not get a baby belly," she explains. "They said that my daughter's knees were tucked under my ribs, so I probably did not feel any kick or movement."
Hronek moved in with her father while caring for her daughter, but for the next two years she was "so stressed and scared" that she continued to gain weight. (See also: This woman found out she had ovarian cancer when she was trying to get pregnant.)
"I had this little baby and did not know how to take care of her, so I just went to dinner Comfort, "she says.
But Hronek realized that she could not play with her daughter and chase after traveling to the zoo. She wanted to change something – first for her daughter, but also for herself. And this time it felt different from the forced diets of her childhood.
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"I came to the realization that I'm somehow important," she says. "Everyone has a purpose and so do I. And so I can just change my way of thinking. I do that because I hate myself until I do this because I have a purpose. I wanted to make sure that I reached my full potential. "
Hronek began following a low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet in January 2008 and lost 50 pounds. From there she started working with a personal trainer and dropped another 101 pounds. when entering bodybuilding competitions. Hronek found that she loved personal training so much that she got herself certified and now runs a coaching program called Miss Fit Boss in North Carolina, which also includes nutrition planning. (See also: This woman said she was too fat to walk – that's how she misrepresented haters)
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"I felt inspired, to do more and make a big impact, "she says. "I have personal customer discussions, but the coaching I do is all online. We have a community where I share nutritional plans, exercise plans, recipes and restaurant guides.
After losing half of her size, Hronek feels akin to her clients.
"If there is something to fight with I'm here, so we can talk about it. She says
She's working to teach her now 13-year-old daughter and another four-year-old daughter how to value and live their bodies healthy.
"I think she sees me "If I commit myself to my health without getting angry, you help realize that even though she sees some things she does not like in the mirror, that does not mean that she's feeling better or not worse from one person "says Hronek.
This story was originally published on People.com by Julie Mazziotta.