Transformation of the Day: Stephanie lost 70 pounds. She didn’t want to be one of the moms who is unable to be active and keep up with their children. Making small, practical changes over time and figuring out what worked best for her schedule was key to her success. Check out what she shared with us.
Starting weight: 236 pounds
Current weight: 166 pounds
How long did you transformation take?
I stated in November 2014 and I’m still going!
What was my motivation? A few things really. My son definitely played a major role! In 2011, after having my first child, I realized how uncomfortable I felt about my weight. I also started to realize that I wanted to be healthy for him. I have a very busy, very active little boy, and I’d like to be able to keep up with him. I don’t want to be one of those moms that can’t race and chase after her kid. I want to get down and dirty with him. Getting adjusted to having a new baby and being a single mom at that, really didn’t give me a chance to jump into my weight release journey. Finally, after tipping in at 236 pounds, I got serious.
I stared with small changes that made a big difference! Avoiding fried foods, cutting back on pop, drinking more water, and trying not to eat after 8 or 9 PM. After a while I noticed it was working. I had dropped 14 pounds! That never happened for me in the past. Sure, I’d lose 5 or 6 lbs but never more than 10! I remember weighing in at a friends house, who was currently on a weight loss journey on her own. I went and brought a scale that day, because I was no longer afraid of owning a scale. I started realizing how much better I felt, and that while it is important to be here and healthy for him, I should be here for me too! The healthier and happier I am, that happinesss will make me a better mom to him.
I still eat fried food, but I don’t over indulge like before. I started eating more food but in smaller meals throughout the day. My problem in the past wast that I would get up and go until I felt hungry, not knowing that by that time I was actually thinking I was hungry, I was starving and running on nothing. I started having breakfast, lunch and dinner, with snacks in between. I learned to snack on the on the right kinds of snacks. I learn to fuel my body with the right things, and still managed to not deprive myself of things I loved, I just had them in moderation. I also did the Green Smoothie Cleanse (loved, loved, loved), as well as Beachbody’s 21 day Extreme Fix program! (I also run a Green Smoothie Challenge group on Facebook.)
When it comes to workouts, the gym doesn’t work for me because I don’t have the time to commit to it, and my son didn’t like the childcare there. I started taking him to the track and walking. Sometimes I’d jog, but mostly I’d walk. I also do home workout videos; 21 Day Extreme, Biggest Loser Home Challenge and Hip Hop Abs.
My advice for others: It’s hard, but its so worth it! You owe it to yourself and you deserve it too. Be the best possible version of yourself.