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Through hard work and dedication, Mark has lost nearly 100 pounds! "I'm a totally different man," he says. "All for the better—physically, mentally, emotionally."

With two small children and a wife at home, Mark says he used to put everyone before himself. "I spent so much time worrying about and taking care of everybody else, I never left time to take care of myself," he says. "What I learned from Bob is that real strength is being able to show your emotions, showing the person you are. Weakness is holding it in, and that's kind of how I look at it now."

Once Mark uncovered his true feelings, he says it was easier to take the weight off. "Growing up, I was basically taught you hide your emotions," he says. "So when I was feeling down ... I really didn't have any way to comfort myself, because I would be afraid to go to somebody and say, 'Hey, I'm having a bad day. I need help. I need to talk this out.'"

Now, instead of eating his feelings, Mark discusses them with his loved ones—especially his wife. "I'll sit down and tell her my day's events," he says. "My bond with my wife has become that much more stronger because now I share everything with her."
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FROM: Weight Loss Secrets of the "Biggest Losers"
Published on October 30, 2008

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