Once obese, this woman is now an inspiration to thousands

Alvina Rayne of Philadelphia was unhappily overweight for most of her life. The 32-year-old would try to eat away feelings of emptiness inside; food was always there for her when she needed it. But this pattern rapidly turned into an unhealthy circle: whenever she felt bad, she ate and whenever she ate, she felt bad.

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At her heaviest, she weighed nearly 250 lbs. She was miserable.

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She always tried to put on a happy face, but inside she was feeling awful about herself, which led her into several unhealthy relationships. Her last boyfriend regularly called her a "fat pig" and "disgusting." Alvina's solution? She tried to eat away the pain he caused. She would eat 5,000 calories a day — more than double the recommended amount.

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She eventually started to develop real health problems.

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She would lose her breath while climbing stairs, she was having a hard time sleeping, and she was showing early signs of diabetes. But she just couldn't seem to break the cycle.

She said, "I wasn't ever hungry, because I constantly ate. And every time I ate, I wouldn't stop until I was completely stuffed. I had such an unhealthy relationship with fast food." At some point, she had to start buying her clothes in the men's department, because women's sizes wouldn't fit anymore.

Finally, she realized something had to change.

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In 2009, Alvina turned 25 and she decided to turn her life around. She broke up with her boyfriend, started eating healthier, and began a work-out program. She tried cutting carbs from her diet and quickly began seeing results.

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She felt motivated by her early losses and kept at it. Day after day she stayed strong and finally she began transforming from an unhappy overweight woman...

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... to a satisfied and beautiful woman who felt better in her own skin. Her self-confidence returned as the pounds were exercised away.

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She's hard to recognize today; she looks like a fitness model. What a transformation!

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When her ex saw these photos, he regretted his harsh criticisms and suggested they "get back together." Alvina could only laugh.

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Alvina now has her own Youtube channel where she regularly posts tips for healthy eating, and she hopes she'll impact others. She knows that anyone can change their life.

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Alvina is much happier today and has found ways to deal with her emotional stress. She'd also found a loving partner who cares about her deeply.

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Well done, Alvina, keep up the hard work!

What an inspiration for people around the world. 

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