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Swantje Voelker exercises at Kalev Fitness Solution in Vancouver, Aug. 29, 2012. for The Globe and Mail (Rafal Gerszak for The Globe and Mail)
Swantje Voelker exercises at Kalev Fitness Solution in Vancouver, Aug. 29, 2012. for The Globe and Mail (Rafal Gerszak for The Globe and Mail)

How I lost it: So long empty calories, hello gym Add to ...

A new weekly series showcases inspirational stories from readers who transformed their sedentary lifestyle and shed excess pounds. Have your own extraordinary weight-loss story to share? Tell us how you lost it: tgam.ca/weightloss.

Craig Fisher, 27, Winnipeg

Pounds dropped: 110

“Imagine my surprise when I realized that I, the fat kid since forever, was capable of real athletic exertion. My surprise continues to this day.”

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My turning point: When I realized that I couldn’t fit into Wal-Mart’s largest pant size any longer (let’s face it, Wal-Mart doesn’t have the skinniest customers).

My method: I adopted a vegetable-heavy, low-fat vegan diet (though I do have meat and cheese once in a while) and began to exercise regularly: running, weights, and later cross-training.

My kryptonite: Imperial cookies – two dense shortbread layers with vanilla icing on top and jam in the middle. Freshly made they’re to die for.

Swan Voelker, 31, Vancouver

Pounds dropped: 23

“My first pair of skinny jeans – what a feeling.”

My turning point: The first grey hair, upcoming 30th birthday, New Year’s 2011. I thought, if I don’t get into shape now, I never will.

My method: Joined a gym, got a personal trainer three times a week for an hour for three months. Now down to two half-hours a month. I used fitday.com. Keeping track of what you eat and how much was the most effective tool . It really opened my eyes.

My kryptonite: TV is my vice. Crappy shows that steal my time. TV keeps me from being active. Even worse is the PVR thing – TV all the time! Am moving to a place without a TV this week.

Interviews have been condensed and edited.

Have your own extraordinary weight-loss story to share?

Tell us how you lost it: tgam.ca/weightloss

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