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See how two Joy Fit Club Members lost more than 300 pounds!

by Kyle Michael Miller / / Source: TODAY

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If your New Year's resolution to shed a few pounds is already falling by the wayside, then take some advice from our newest Joy Fit Club members who lost more than 300 pounds by following a few simple steps.

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Shaunna Ciaiura was a competitive cheerleader for most of her life and because she was constantly burning calories, her unhealthy eating habits didn't catch up to her until after high school.

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Her heaviest weight was 268 pounds and today she weights 150!

Shaunna's tips:

  • Focus on the positive. Get rid of the negative people around you and embrace a more positive outlook on life.
  • Step aerobics. She joined a step aerobics class that was fun, upbeat and met her fitness family of other ladies who supported her on the journey.
  • Shake it up! Being a busy mom, Shaunna makes this tasty green smoothie for meals on the go.

Ingredients: - 1 cup unsweetened almond milk- 1 banana- 1 cup of kale (packed)- 1 tablespoon almond butter- 1/8 cup dates- 1 teaspoon of vanilla- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg- Juice from 1/2 lemon

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Alex Gonzalez always remembers being overweight as a child. He says one of the main contributing factors was the heavy food at family celebrations. In addition, at his job as a security guard, he consumed mostly fast food and his weight soared to 403 pounds.

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The epiphany for Alex came when he decided to become a police officer and couldn't pass the physical fitness test with his current weight. Today he weighs 200 pounds.

Alex's tips:

  • Make small changes: Alex cut out soda and alcohol from his diet.
  • Set a new food foundation: He added lean proteins and vegetables as the foundation to his meals.
  • Work towards a goal: Alex needed to get in better physical shape to become a police officer. He started off by walking for exercise, then transitioned to running and weight lifting. Today he has completed 2 marathons.
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