Today I would like for you to meet Stacey.
Oh wait…not THAT Stacey. Not 300 pound Stacey. This Stacey:
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.
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!
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?