She Lost 65 Pounds Without Giving Up Her Favourite Foods

Stephanie Moore's story will not be unfamiliar to many of you. While living at home with her mother, she was able to keep a terrible diet in check by controlling her portion sizes. But after meeting her husband, things started to spiral out of control. While home, Moore kept her weight to a not unhealthy for her height, 180 pounds. Unfortunately, she and her husband began to rely on the convenience of fast food since they were both so busy. She says, "as I started to eat more fast food, my portion sizes started getting out of control, and I started going for the double cheeseburgers instead of the singles. Over the next two years, I gained 25 pounds." 10-30-wls Her weight continued to swell and she hit 225 pounds before getting pregnant. Although she was able to quickly shed the 40 extra pounds she put on during her pregnancy, she was not able to get herself below the 225 pound marker. Looking through photos of her daughter's first birthday party, Moore says that she couldn't find a single picture of herself that she liked. "I decided I didn't want to be like this anymore; I wanted to take pictures with my daughter and actually be okay with them," she explained. 1 She said that exercise was the biggest change she made when adopting a healthy lifestyle. Moore was able to find a fun way to get her exercise. She says, "we have an Xbox Kinect and a Zumba game that I'd bought a while ago but never used. I decided to give it a try and realized that it was actually pretty fun and challenging. After one game, I was very sweaty. So I started keeping it up for 45 minutes a day, five days a week. After a few weeks, I noticed that I was losing a pound or two every week." After seeing how many changes were coming through exercise alone, Moore decided it was time to tackle her diet. On the recommendation of a family member, she downloaded MyFitnessPal to track what she was eating. "I was strict with myself at first; I wouldn't eat anything without tracking it," she says. "It was crazy to see the nutritional value of the things I was eating all the time. It really helped me learn about the value of the foods I was eating—300 or so calories for a Little Debbie is a lot!" Being conscious of what she was eating helped her to regain control of her portions. Moore says that she did not stop eating fast food or candy but that she has cut back and changed the way she goes about it. "When I went to McDonalds, I'd get a grilled chicken sandwich without the bun and skip the fries," she says. She also reports cutting back on her soda. She went from a heavy daily habit to about twice a month. She now prepares dinners at home at least 4 days a week and packs lunches for work. In just under a year, she has lost 65 pounds, coming in at 160 pounds! unknown-4 Here's what Stephanie Moore has to say to you: Don't compare yourself to others. One thing that helped me stay on track was realizing that everyone loses at their own speed. When I stopped comparing to myself with women I saw on Instagram with abs, I realized that I'm okay with the way I look, even if I'm never going to look like those super-fit women. Feeling healthy and being happy is more important than looking like someone else. You don't have to dramatically change your diet. You don't have to go from eating fried food all the time to only eating grilled chicken and broccoli. Using that strategy helped me stick with my diet more than giving up all my typical foods. Have fun with your workouts. I realized I didn't need to do a serious workout to lose weight. Doing Zumba on my Xbox is fun, and it actually makes me work hard because I love to dance. And since I like doing it so much, I don't dread exercising. Have you found a similar balance in your life? Share with us! Source: Women's Health  

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