Weight Loss Success Story: Stacey Black

Today I would like for you to meet Stacey.

Weight Loss Success Story Stacey Before Photo

Weight Loss Success Story Stacey Before Losing Weight – December 2008

Oh wait…not THAT Stacey. Not 300 pound Stacey.  This Stacey:

Weight Loss Success Story Stacey After Photo

Weight Loss Success Story Stacey after photo – 2013

120 pounds lighter Stacey!

Doesn’t she look incredible?!?  Her story is so similar to mine it is like I am reading about myself.  See if you can find the similarities in our stories!  Enjoy!

Tell us a little about yourself, your family, your job, etc…

I have been overweight pretty much my whole life. I was always bigger than my friends and I could never share clothes with them. I had tried every diet under the sun and nothing ever seemed to work. I would always end up cheating myself not the diet! I discovered Weight Watchers in 2007 and it took about 8 times of joining to get it right, but when I did the results were amazing!

How long did it take you to get to your ideal weight? Are you there now?

I began this weight loss journey in January of 2009. I lost about 45 pounds in a year and then took a long break. I was able to maintain that weight give or take a few pounds for about a year. In May of 2011 I started Weight Watchers yet again and have pulled off an additional 75 pounds. I have been at my current weight for about a year.

I am currently still trying to lose my last 20 pounds. These have been the toughest to lose but I refuse to give up until I reach my ultimate goal weight of 160! I want to be a Weight Watchers leader and I will get there…. soon enough!

What was your motivation to lose weight?

I wanted a healthier lifestyle! I would get winded so easily and I was always tired! I was 25 years old and I wasn’t able to live the life I knew I could. I went to Disney World in the summer of 2008 and I was worried about the rides having a weight limit. Anything fun my friends or family suggested the first thing I thought about was if I would be able to participate due to my weight.

What made you decide to start your weight loss journey?

My circle of friends had a lot to do with my motivation to lose weight.

Weight Loss Success Story Stacey Before Photo

Stacey’s Weight Loss Before Picture – 300 pounds

 

They were all fit and healthy! And then there I was, 300.5 pounds! There was one store that we liked to shop at together. I was wearing the biggest size they had on the plus side! I was wearing size 24 jeans! I knew that if I wanted to be able to continue to shop with them I would have to do something. I also knew deep down that I was so unhealthy. I would come home from work and take a two hour nap almost everyday. I couldn’t function without a nap! My ankles were always swollen and I tried blaming it on the weather and how hot it was outside. Soon it was December and I could no longer pretend it was the heat! I wanted to begin this journey to feel better both inside and out!
On January 5, 2009 I joined Weight Watchers… again! I hadn’t weighed myself in a while but I did not think I was much heavier than maybe 260 or so. Seeing 300.5 on the scale that day really sparked something in me that a change was needed whether I was ready or not!

What kept you on track losing weight?

When I joined in 2009 I joined Weight Watchers with my mom and a good friend. We went to our meeting every Monday for a year! We supported each other and celebrated each other’s successes.

From May 1, 2011 until now I have never skipped a weigh-in. Ever. I was only an online member for months and I weighed-in in front of my friend. Weighing-in every week and with an audience has helped to keep me accountable. The scale never lies and I am usually never surprised by what shows up on the screen.

After I began working out I would set physical goals for myself not just weight loss goals. I would set goals  for a faster time on my mile. I set goals for how far I could run. My current goal is to able to do one pull-up!

Tell us about a typical day in terms of eating and exercise.

I usually start my day off with a protein shake or greek yogurt. In kindergarten, we eat lunch at 10:45 so I have a salad or a sandwich paired with fruit and a fiber one brownie. I enjoy a mid afternoon snack that is usually protein and fruit. I try to have some sort of nuts before the gym in the afternoons. Dinner usually consists of a lean meat, veggies, and a roll (I love bread and saving 2 points for a roll is a must!).

Typically I work out 5-6 days a week. I run 3 mornings before school and I train with my trainer 3-4 afternoons a week. I go to spin on Wednesdays to shake things up and I practice with a co-ed softball team on Sundays. My trainer is one of my biggest motivators. He pushes me to my limit most days! I would have never known how strong I am without him showing me what I’m capable of doing! Exercising has been one of the best changes I’ve made! I never knew how strong my body could be and things I could accomplish!
Don’t give up!

What is the biggest difference you have noticed because of your weight loss?

I have tons of energy!

Weight Loss Success Story Stacey Before and After

Look at the Difference 3 Years Makes!

I still love naps, but I enjoy them occasionally on the weekends! I have gained more confidence in myself and I know that I can accomplish anything I put my mind too!

What advice can you give to others struggling to lose weight?

If you have to try 20 times, never give up! Losing weight isn’t easy! Keep things fresh…. food, exercise, snacks, routines! When things start to get boring you are more likely to stray off the plan.

Exercise doesn’t have to be boring! Look for activities that excite you! Whether it’s dance, softball, spin, running, skating, walking, or cleaning. Just get moving!

How do you keep the weight off in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle?

I exercise daily and I TRACK! I still have to make healthy choices everyday. This is a lifestyle and the good habits that I have formed are ones that I can do forever!

Give us a quote or a motto that you have used to keep you focused.

“If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail!”

My leader read this quote to our class long ago. It’s perfect. Losing weight no matter how you go about doing it requires planning on your part.

“Your body keeps an accurate journal regardless of what you write down.”

So often I don’t want to track the “bad things” but then I remember it isn’t what I write down that makes a difference it’s what I don’t!

“Pain is temporary, quitting is forever.”

I repeat this motto to myself lots when I’m at the gym! “The pain will pass…. eventually!”

 

WOW!  Awesome, amazing, inspiring, and beautiful!  Stacey has even started her own blog.  Check it out here.

Did you find our similarities?  We both joined WW in 2009.  We both lost over 100 pounds.  We both are big goal setters!  However, Stacey, you are closer to goal than I am! GO GIRL!  You’ve got this!

What did you LOVE about Stacey’s story?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1484094331 Kim Ricketts

    Wow!!! I love this success story!! I am in such a similar situation!! Nearly same weights and everything! I teach Kinder and know how exhausting days can get!! I have yet to miss a meeting with WW since I have joined Jan 3rd! Thank you for posting such a great story!

    Kim

    • http://www.facebook.com/hottteacher Stacey GetsitGraded Black

      Oh the adventures of kindergarten! Going to meetings every week (even the weeks that it’s hard to make it in the door) will really make a difference! And help you keep you accountable week after week! Good luck!

  • http://www.facebook.com/tmw0513 Tiffani Williams

    I am one of those friends Stacey talked about!! This girl has in turn motivated me to better myself and my health. She was and is my inspiration and the reason I have lost 30 pounds since Jan. 3rd!!! I am so happy and proud to be her friend. She has always been a beautiful person inside and out!! Reading her story makes me cry!! I love you girl and you got this!!!!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/hottteacher Stacey GetsitGraded Black

      Thanks Tiffani! You are making some great changes also! Together we will push ourselves to the end! Love you!

  • http://twitter.com/SimsLifeBlog Simone

    What an amazing story! Well done Stacey! The change is incredible and you look fantastic! Weight Watchers is working for me so far and like you am finding it easy to also maintain on the diet when I take a couple of days off. Something I never used to be able to do previously. Congratulations! You are an inspiration!

    Sim @ Sim’s Life x

    • http://www.facebook.com/hottteacher Stacey GetsitGraded Black

      Weight Watcher has created a very forgiving system! Even if you “mess up” you aren’t done! Tomorrow is a new day and I can start all over with tracking and doing what I need to do to get the job done! Thank you so much for reading and good luck on your journey!

  • Staci Moize

    I love that she points out that we should never be embarrassed to try over and over and over again. Just because we didn’t make it the first 50 times doesn’t mean time #51 won’t be the time we pull it off! Love this story. :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/hottteacher Stacey GetsitGraded Black

      Thank you!! You are exactly right! Sometimes it’s lucky number 51!

  • http://dailyweighin.com/ Daily Weigh In

    While it’s very inspiring and touching to read such success stories it still doesn’t stop the problem of obesity. It’s never easy to lose weight, but it’s incredibly easy to gain it especially for people with slow metabolism and bodies that are very sensitive to fat. If you don’t care about the food you and your children eat then you are asking for it.

    I have a few friends who are ‘blessed’ and can pretty much eat everything they want, unfortunately, I am not one of them, so I have to watch what I eat and stay as active as possible, even though I work in an office 8-9 hours a day.

    P.S I’d like to invite you to take a look at a new website I am currently working with and if you can, leave some feedback in the comments, we need your honest opinion. You can find the link either in the profile, or go to http://www.dailyweighin.com directly.

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  • Alisea Blower

    Even though I have been doing excellent at tracking since joining WW – her quote “Your body keeps an accurate journal regardless of what you write down” really hit me because there are days where I don’t want to track that mini Chips Ahoy that I eat after I give my little guy one…but my body is tracking it at all times. Her story reminds us to stay vigilant if we really want this! I love success stories as they help me remember that other people are in the middle and have completed the same journey I am on.

    • http://www.facebook.com/hottteacher Stacey GetsitGraded Black

      I am really bad about not tracking every little thing some days too. But then I remember it doesn’t matter, even though I ate it and didn’t track it doesn’t mean it didn’t happen! Good luck to you! Keep tracking!

  • Julia

    This is for a school assignment so i would LOVE feedback on
    this please!

    This is awesome how you lost all this weight! I also like
    the fact that you didn’t diet but you made lifestyle changes. The only question
    I have for you is the things that you cut out, do you now crave them? I read an
    article saying that diets don’t work because when you cut things out of your
    diet you tend to crave them later on and you will slowly put back on the pounds
    that you lost. Here is one article that says that diets don’t work.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2134162/Research-shows-trying-lose-weight-alters-brain-hormones-youre-doomed-pile-again.html

    I also would like to know if you are obsessed with counting
    calories or with working out to make sure you don’t gain any weight?

    • http://www.facebook.com/hottteacher Stacey GetsitGraded Black

      Well the great thing about Weight Watchers is that you don’t have to give up the things you love! Every food under the sun has a points value! I can use my points any way I choose. My WW leader said once that if you feel you must have that 8 point snickers at break have it… but when you get home and you only have 2 points for supper then you might as well have Nyquil and call it a night! lol… So I still have the things I love but in moderation. And if I ever do over indulge (because let’s face it, it happens) I know that tomorrow is a new day and my points start over. I get a whole new day to get it right. I’m not what you would say obsessed with either of counting points or working out. I still count points because I’m still trying to lose. I work out because it’s a habit and I set goals to work for to make my working out feel purposeful and rewarding! I hope this answers your question! Thanks for asking!! ;)

    • http://dailyweighin.com/ Daily Weigh In

      I know for a fact that you do crave things you are missing on a diet, however, you can keep the weight off with proper portion control, calorie counting, exercise and a little bit of will power.

      What I like to do is have a cheat day where you just can eat whatever you want, once a week works for me, but some prefer to have cheat meals.

      Also, it’s all about your mind state, if you can train your brain to eat healthy, it becomes a habit and you start enjoying healthy stuff more and have less cravings for all the unhealthy food.

      Hope this helps.

  • Sarah Babb

    Way to go Stacey! I really relate to what you were talking about with shopping with your friends. My friends all shop at places that don’t carry my size. So when they plan a girlie day, I just don’t participate because who wants to go around to a bunch of stores that carry nothing in your size. I have started a weight loss journey myself, and it is so inspirational to hear stories like your own.

    • http://www.facebook.com/hottteacher Stacey GetsitGraded Black

      I totally understand! It was that way for me for years! Believe in yourself and push forward and you will be shopping with your friends in no time!! Good luck to you on this hard yet rewarding journey!

  • http://twitter.com/KetoneCentral Ketone Central

    Wow she really did well! Wonderful story.

    • http://www.facebook.com/hottteacher Stacey GetsitGraded Black

      Thank you so much!!

  • http://www.fortisbariatricsurgery.com/ Fortis Bariatric Surgery

    hi Jennifer

    its great to see that you have lost your weight with regular diet and exercises

  • Jaclyn

    I am so glad to hear that you have accomplished what you were going for! I know for most diets it is hard to lose the weight, but most importantly it is hard to keep off the weight and maintain a weight that you are satisfied with. I know it is also hard to keep a healthy diet when you have all those cravings and you just can’t eat the food that you really desire. But a key to keeping energy levels high all day is
    maintaining a good diet (Sollitto).It is good to keep eating healthy because that will also give you more energy then you seem to of had. Exercising is a great way to stay in shape, keep that weight off and build up energy. Drinking lots of water gives you more energy and it helps you get through the day without feeling sick or run down. I am really glad to hear about your success so far and I am really looking forward to hear more on how you progress. Keep up the good work!

    • http://www.facebook.com/hottteacher Stacey GetsitGraded Black

      Thank you!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/andrea.burton.leth Andrea Park

    Thank you so much for sharing! iTS NICE TO SEE THAT SUCCESS IS POSSIBLE.

  • Stephen Miller

    Thank you so much for this inspiring story. I know how hard it is to stay focused and not lose faith. Been there, done that. Got back to overweight several times, however now I am working out (more like, run or walk fast) 4 times a week and really really watch what I eat, this helps me keep it under my given threshold. But sometimes I really miss those large portions of food :)

  • Fahim

    Nice Story….
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  • Marina Lenter

    Wow!!! I am truly inspired!! I am at the beginning of my journey . I started at 255 and I am currently 235. I have a long road ahead and reading this gives me hope. Thank u!!!!