Weight Loss Success Story: Rashell Conway

Today’s success story is a beautiful lady named Rashell.  She has gone from having high blood pressure and cholesterol; taking numerous medications; borderline diabetetic and looking like this:

Weight Loss Before and After Photo of Rashell

To this:

Weight Loss Before and After Photo of Rashell

137 pounds gone FOREVER!  Not to mention no more diabetes, high blood pressure or medications!  AMAZING!

She is now living the life she has always dreamed of living!  I know you will find inspiration in here story today!

Tell us a little about yourself, your family, your job, etc…
Hi my name is Rashell Conway. I live in Phoenix, Arizona. I’m 43 and I feel like I’ve spent most of my life overweight. I’ve been with the most amazing man for the past 5 years. We decided to tie the knot 9 months ago. With this marriage I gained a great extended family with 5 step-grandchildren. I have no children of my own but we do have 1 pretty darn adorable dog and 2 cool cats. I’ve been a Nail Technician for twenty two years. I have so many wonderful supportive clients/friends. Oh, and I cant forget my co-workers. They’ve helped me in so many ways to get through this journey.

How long did it take you to get to your ideal weight? Are you there now?
I started my journey on January 2011 at 289 lbs.

Weight Loss Before and After Photo of Rashell

My goal was to reach 160 lbs. which I did in May of 2012.  In fact I exceeded my goal and made it to 158 lbs. I’m very proud to say I’ve lost 131 lbs. and have kept it off for just over 1 year now.

What was your motivation to lose weight?
First and foremost, I love the way I look and how I have felt through this whole process. I found willpower that I never knew I had. I have a supportive husband who loves to cook me creative foods and tells me how great I look. I love when a client comes in and gives me “cheers” for the progress I am making. The feeling of “fitting” in when I’m with my friends is amazing. I have kept a list of every thing that has changed through this journey. I look back at this list and think I don’t ever want to go back to the way I was.

What made you decide to start your weight loss journey?
I decided it was time to make a change. I was in a healthy relationship. I wanted to look cute on the back of our motorcycle. I didn’t want the grandchildren to remember me being overweight. I was tired of being the larger one in my group of friends. I wanted to buy pants that didn’t have elastic waistband and my health was on the decline.

Weight Loss Before and After Photo of Rashell

I was already on medication for cholesterol, diabetes was in my future and my blood pressure was on the rise. I had enough and decided lets do this.

What kept you on track losing weight?
I found this awesome website called MyFitnessPal It became my friend and kept me on track. During the prime of losing my weight I tried very hard to stay at 1000 calories a day. I kept track of everything that went into mouth even a piece of gum. Fridays were my “cheat” day. My husband I would go out and share a dinner then I would end the day with some type of “goody”. I weigh myself every Friday and post my progress on Facebook. It holds me accountable.

Tell us about a typical day in terms of eating and exercise.
I start my day with a good protein filled breakfast. Usually Egg Beaters, sausage or bacon. I never go over 300 calories for breakfast. Then for lunch, I have a homemade salad, which consists of some type of meat, lettuce, tomatoes, pecans, Craisins, and whatever other veggies I can throw in there. I use 1Tbs. low fat ranch dressing that I jazz up by adding water, garlic powder, Mrs. Dash garlic and herb seasoning blend. Then, for dinner I usually have a Weight Watchers or Lean Cuisine frozen dinner with more veggies and 1 piece of diet bread. Popcorn has become another really good friend of mine.
I haven’t done much exercise through this whole process. I usually walk my block at a regular pace every morning. Sometimes, if I get the urge, I will walk again at night. Exercising and changing my way of eating were two unthinkable task for me so I figured one lifestyle change at a time.

What is the biggest difference you have noticed because of your weight loss?
My confidence! I feel like a million bucks! I’m no longer on cholesterol medication, my blood pressure couldn’t be better and diabetes is no longer an issue. I’m proud to just be me and I don’t feel like I want to hide in the corner anymore.

What advice can you give to others struggling to lose weight?
Don’t give up it’s worth it. When you try so hard and you only lose 1 pound, remind yourself that’s 1 box of butter. Don’t give up, eventually you will lose a 10 pound bag of potatoes.

How do you keep the weight off in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle?
I still use MyFitnessPal daily but I have increased my calories to 1200 a day. I never allow myself to get hungry. I still do my morning walks and I constantly tell myself how “cute” I look!

Give us a quote or a motto that you have used to keep you focused.
If you don’t buy it, you cant eat it!!!

I learned so much about myself during my journey. Food doesn’t make everything better. Ice cream was the hardest to stay away from and If I eat something sweet I find myself craving sweets all day long but you know what… you can have it as long as you count it, count it, count it!

WOW!  Rashell!  You look absolutely amazing!  I can just see you now riding down the street looking cute on that motorcycle!  I know you are living YOUR best life now and will live it much longer!  You go girl!

THANK YOU for sharing your story with us!  You are an inspiration to us all!

What one piece of advice can you take from Rashell’s story?  I love that she has a cheat meal every Friday.  That way, she doesn’t feel deprived!  I also love it that she weighs in on Friday, the same day as her cheat meal.  Love that!


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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.