I have known Tracy since we were neighbors in 1998! This was right after I had my first son TY! I love her family and they were always soooo helpful to me! As a new mom with my husband gone all the time at chiropractic school/seminars, etc… it was so cool to have GREAT neighbors! We have stayed friends over the years and I have watched her become a mother herself! This last year she has blown me away with her weight loss success! I asked her to share her story!!! Love it!
First Name/Age: Tracy 30 years
Tell us a little about yourself so we can get to know you better.
I am a wife to a dedicated and supportive husband and mother of two precious boys. I have a bachelor’s degree in History but work for a veterinarian as a receptionist because I love dogs and cats, and helping people take care of their pets.
Have you struggled with weight/body image issues throughout your life?
Since I was a young adolescent I have struggled with my weight.
Was there a significant event that triggered your changes?
Having my children changed the way I thought about my health. I want to be able to take care of them without feeling fatigued. I also wanted to be healthy for them and to be a good role model so they know fitness and nutrition are important.
Did you incorporate a certain diet? Restrict calories? Or follow any certain plan?
I started Weight Watchers in June 2013. As I started shedding pounds and learning about nutrition I began not worrying so much about points and focused more on filling foods and what was going to keep me full and give my body energy. Weight Watchers offers both point plus plan and a simply filling plan. I like it because I can switch back in forth depending on my needs.
Do you exercise? If so, what type of exercise do you enjoy? Did you work out with family or friends?
I started off walking around the block and watching Leslie Sansone’s work out DVDs (love her) and as I became more capable of exercise I decided to join a boot camp were we do kick boxing and circuit training taught my Michelle Carlson (love her too). I get bored easily when it comes to exercise so the gym and exercise machines just aren’t my thing.
When did people first notice the changes?
After about the first twenty pounds I had lost people started asking me if I was losing weight. I have some clients at work who don’t recognize me now and ask me if I am new.
Did it take a while for your mind to adjust to the new you?
Definitely! I have always had issues with self-deprecating talk. You know, calling myself mean names, but now that I am considered a healthy weight I can’t make fat jokes at my own expense anymore. I still am not used to the new me and sometimes surprise myself when I see my reflection in a window. It’s an awesome yet bizarre feeling.
How did you measure your success throughout the process? How much weight did you lose and how long have you kept it off?
I first measured my success by pounds lost, then sizes, then inches. Now I guess I’m more about stamina, I want to get through a tough work out without quitting. That would feel amazing! After having my second child May 10, 2013, I have lost 75 pounds. I am still currently working towards my ultimate goal. I don’t really have a number in mind.
What obstacles did you face and how did you overcome them?
I am a stress eater. With two small boys stress can be rampant in my life. When I feel the urge to eat because of stress I try to get busy with something else so I can be distracted from cravings. It doesn’t always work, and I might give in but I forgive myself and move on. Losing weight is a journey and journeys are full of obstacles and forks in the road. So I have decided I will not let one little bump in the road keep me from my goal.
Which of your personal goals have you achieved?
I am no longer obese or even considered overweight. I have more self-confidence and do not feel embarrassed about trying new things.
Do you feel like your confidence has improved?
Absolutely! I still call myself names but I’m working on nipping that in the bud!
What has changed the most about you?
I’ve always been talkative but I am more outgoing. Also, I feel I am less concerned about my looks. If I need to go to the store and I’m in yoga pants I don’t care, I rock these yoga pants! I also feel happier all the way around.
What did you find hardest about this process? How did you overcome it?
Not giving up when it started getting really tough or when I had set backs. I had lots of cheerleaders, but my husband has been my greatest help throughout and I’m sure he will continue to be.
How did your family react? Were they supportive?
My family is unbelievably supportive and helpful. They are proud of me and it helps me persevere when I want to give up.
What do you eat on an average day on program?/What are some of your favorite foods that keep you on track?
When I started I was mostly concerned with how many points a hamburger had and if I could eat it without going over my daily point allowance. Now that my daily points are less I try to eat filling foods that are going to fuel me up. I’ve been trying to eat more lean protein, fruits, and vegetables. Since starting boot camp I’ve learned if I don’t eat things that will give me energy than a work out is going to feel impossible. My favorite snacks constantly change but right now it is a shredded wheat biscuit with strawberry greek yogurt. Yum.
What are your biggest tips for people that are trying to maintain their weight loss?
Don’t give up. If you had a bad day, forgive yourself and make a plan for a better tomorrow.
CONGRATULATIONS WONDER WOMAN!!!!! Seriously so impressed by you!!!! Thanks for sharing your experience with us!!!