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New year, new you: Two Utahns lose weight, gain confidence

Fashion » Two Utahns show off their new figures, share tips for success.

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Motivation • "Getting to my goals. Feelings of success and work. I plan on winning a bodybuilding competition in 2013." Andrew is also motivated by his girlfriend, Meagan, little brother James and Mr. Olympia Phil Heath.

Life changes • "I enjoy hard work and life a lot more. At first I just wanted to lose weight, but now I love weight lifting. My life has changed for the better in every way."

At a glance

New You fashions

All the clothes, shoes and accessories in today’s photographs are from Macy’s. Makeup by Estee Lauder.

VaLyn Sorensen

Formal look » Metallic sweater ($79) and black pencil skirt ($84) both by Jones of NY. Patent leather pumps ($60) by Guess. Jewelry ($19-$26.) by Style & Co.

Casual look » Turquoise ombre cowl ($54) by Elements; skinny jeans ($114) by Not Your Daughters Jeans; platform penny loafer ($60) by Fisher; teardrop earrings ($15) by M. Haskell; and bling cocktail ring ($20) by Style & Co.

Andrew Clark

Formal look » pinstripe suit ($400) by Ralph Lauren (only coat is shown in photo); sky blue dress shirt ($15) by Izod; and black loafers ($80) by Kenneth Cole Reaction.

Casual » checked hoodie ($59), flannel button up ($39) and red v-neck tee ($10) all by American Rag. Slip-on sneakers ($50) by Polo.

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What he gave up • Dr. Pepper, peanut butter M&M’s and cookies. "After three months I ate Oreo cookies with my victory meal, they were the best Oreos I’ve ever had. Now I have peanut butter M&Ms in a much more sparing fashion."

Wardrobe challenges • "I fluctuate in weight based on my goals, whether I am trying to gain more muscle mass or lose fat. This makes it so I have to change the size of my clothing often. I can range from a medium up to 2XL. I have given up on pants. I just wear a 38 with a belt cinched to however big my waist is."

Looking forward to • "I never wanted to be seen in a swimsuit … ever. Now on my cruise, I will wear one for sure!"

Tip • "Eat seven times a day. Don’t follow the three-meal standard; that is archaic. Get in the gym. Invest in your body."

Philosophy • "If you are determined and put your effort into a goal, you can accomplish your dreams. Don’t let your stomach make any decisions; you know what it’s going to say."


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