Weight Loss Success Story: Anessia Foley

Tonight’s success story is a beautiful lady named Anessia.  She has lost 25 pounds and is living HER best life!

Anessia before and after weight loss

Doesn’t she look awesome!?!  I know you will love her story!

Tell us a little about yourself, your family, your job, etc…
It would probably be easier to tell you about the things I’m not rather than the things I am… In other words, I have my hands full! I am 38 years old. I have the most incredibly loving and supportive husband in the world, Tony. My oldest child (if I can still call him that), Peyton, is 20. He is just starting out on his own after spending a good portion of the last two years volunteering in Ecuador. My youngest, Kerris, is 10. Her infectious energy is definitely a little light in my life. I run my own graphic design business. I volunteer regularly at my daughter’s school. My two most favorite things to do in the world are to cook and work in my vegetable garden (thanks to the inspiration from Nana, Papa, and Granddaddy).

How long did it take you to get to your ideal weight? Are you there now?
It took me 10 months, but I’ve hit my goal now. Am I excited? Heck, yes! I even had my own Cinderella moment while shopping for a swimsuit.

What was your motivation to lose weight?
I was sick… tired… and completely over it! That was me 10 months ago. I had no hope… no motivation… no energy. That was no kind of life.

What made you decide to start your weight loss journey?
I’d tried losing weight before, never with much success. Every year, that dreaded number just kept climbing up. We all have our own personal Jiminy Cricket that reminds us of what we really need to do. Well, mine kept putting one name in front of me over and over again… Jacynta. She is a wellness coach, helping people lose weight. I’d met her at a party probably a year before. I can’t lie… I was jealous. I didn’t normally gravitate towards people who were so… perky. It made me uncomfortable. I mean really… people like that have to be on speed. But, after her name came up so many times, for various reasons, in a very short amount of time… I listened to the cricket, and I sent Jacynta a Facebook message.

What kept you on track losing weight?
It all started about numbers… 25 pounds. That was what I had to hit. I know it doesn’t sound like much, but when you’re 5’1” and 37 years old, seeing what’s in the crystal ball isn’t that difficult. I did great at first. I was losing about a pound a week, Jacynta cheering me on the whole way. Then, the pixie dust started wearing off. I saw other people lose what I was trying to… in a much shorter time frame. I was giving up. This wasn’t something any magic wand could fix.

Then, New Year’s Day came… time to make the resolutions… and the time that my super-amazing husband, told me to snap out of it! Losing weight wasn’t a good goal anymore. I’d been working on that for months. I needed a challenge. I decided to go all-natural. Yep… no processed foods. If it didn’t come from something living, I wasn’t going to eat it. If I couldn’t say it, I wasn’t going to eat it. I wasn’t even thinking about numbers. I was thinking about change. With tons of tips from Jacynta and all the research I’d done on my own, I was seeing and doing things in a whole new way. I felt like I’d discovered the meaning of life!

Tell us about a typical day in terms of eating and exercise…
I eat five times a day. Doesn’t that sound amazing? Each meal or snack consists of one or two fruits and vegetables. I then add in one dairy, protein, or whole grain. I usually only eat meat at supper. I measure everything. I think I have at least four sets of measuring cups just to keep up! I track everything in MyFitnessPal so that I can see what I’m lacking or going over on and adjust accordingly. I try to exercise every day. Most weekday mornings my friend, Lori, our dogs, and I leave right after my daughter gets on the bus for an hour walk (and talk). If that doesn’t happen, I either go for a 30-minute run or do a FitnessBlender.com workout. Three nights a week, my husband, my daughter, and I run three miles.

What is the biggest difference you have noticed because of your weight loss?
What I’m most excited about is the new life I’ve revealed to myself. I feel like I was wearing glasses made of fat before. That’s all I could see. Through this process, I learned to see and know myself. Once you know who you are, you don’t have to spend all of your time trying to figure it out. There is so much more to see when you’re not looking at yourself all the time. There is a beautiful world out there. I can not only be a part of it, but can actually contribute to it.

I’ve run two 5Ks and have another planned this month. I’m running a 10K in June. I’ve found a great new friend in Jacynta. My business is booming. I feel like I’ve never been a better wife, mom, daughter, and friend. Big things are happening here. Who knows? I might even be one of those perky people, now… But still, all I can think is, “What can I improve on next?” I told Jacynta that if I continue on this path, I’ll be absolutely fabulous by the time I die!

I’ve lost weight, but I’ve found so much more. I found the kind of life I’m supposed to be living and I intend to keep on living fully it every day!

What advice can you give to others struggling to lose weight?
It’s hard to lose weight… It doesn’t matter how little or how much. But, in my opinion, it’s harder to look in the mirror and feel revolted (or not be able to look in the mirror at all). You just have to make a choice as to which “hard” you’d rather live with. Somehow, I’ve found peace in doing the hard work, because I’m doing something. Doing nothing leads to nothing good. Doing something always leads you somewhere, even if it’s not where you planned to go.

How do you keep the weight off in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle?
The main thing is that I’ve changed. I’m not on a diet any more! I eat good, simple, real food. My body needs exercise in order to feel right. Do I still have to make hard choices? Yes, all the time. Does it get easier every day? Absolutely. Do I still screw up? Yes, occasionally, but that’s OK, now. I know what to do to set things right because that’s how I live my life now.

Give us a quote or a motto that you have used to keep you focused.
You were given this life because you are strong enough to live it.

Anessia weight loss success story

Great job, Anessia.  You are doing it and I think, just maybe, you will be one of “those” perky people!  I love that!  THANK YOU for sharing your story and for listening to that little voice on your shoulder!

On another note, I hope everyone had an amazing Easter!  I spent the whole weekend with family and listening to God.  I can’t wait to share what he said to me!  I hope you all have a fabulous week!  Let’s all get on the right track and be our own success story!

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About Jennifer Swafford

Jennifer is an elementary school teacher who is trying to lose 100+ pounds. She has certainly learned how much It Sux To Be Fat and is here to motivate you to live a healthy lifestyle.