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Down 158 Lbs., Lindsay Shares Her 10 Best Weight-Loss Tips!

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8/25/2013 12:00 AM   :  145 comments   :  53,358 Views

Lindsay Pobieglo (LPOBIEGLO)
Weight Lost: 158 pounds
Hometown: Mesa, AZ
Occupation: Risk Management Program Manager
 
What was life like before your weight loss?
I began slowly gaining weight at the age of 18.  My parents separated when I was 17 and I was stuck in the middle.  I went to food for comfort.  After the dust settled, I was addicted to food and I was settled into that lifestyle. Life was plain.  I went to work, came home, ate, watched TV and then went to bed- day after day.  I missed out on lake trips, sporting events and other activities due to my weight.
 
What was the main motivation behind your weight loss?
My initial motivation to lose weight came in 2008. When my daughter was two, the entire family went to a pumpkin festival.  There was a child's ride, similar to the Dumbo ride at Disneyland, which she really wanted to ride.  As we were about to go on, I was told that there was a weight limit to the cars since they went up in the air.  I alone exceeded the weight limit.  My sister-in-law had to take my daughter on the ride.  I was devastated.
 
My biggest and final motivation came when my co-worker signed up for an at-work weight loss competition.  She wanted support and asked if I would join her.  I refused.  When she asked why, I responded: "I don't want anyone to know how much I weigh".  She quickly retorted: "If it bothers you that much, shouldn't you do something about it?”  That was it.  I realized she was right.
 
Tell us a bit about your weight loss journey:
It all started with the 12 week, at-work weight loss competition in January of 2008.  I lost nine pounds the first week and I was EXCITED!  By the end of the 12 weeks, I came in second place and I lost a total of 58 pounds.  Even though I came in second, I won more than anyone could have known.  That competition gave me the courage, motivation, and willpower to finally take control of what had been out of control for so long. I joined SparkPeople in March 2008.  SparkPeople showed many healthy food choices including new ways to cook at home as well as possibilities for work lunches.  I joined several groups that helped me with questions, concerns, or low moments and helped celebrate the high moments.  SparkPeople was a CRUCIAL part of my weight loss success.  I utilized the tracking tools which illustrated what I truly ate each day.  I learned true portions by measuring pretty much everything.  The exercise tracking tool helped me achieve my daily calorie burn and, more importantly, showed my progress.  I've "met" (online) so many people who helped me mentally and physically.  Being able to talk to fellow Sparkers eases your mind, knowing that someone else understands what you are going through.  You have others to celebrate with and also ask questions and advice when a plateau is reached.  One of my absolute favorite programs is the buddy accountability program.  You have a single person that you can count on to keep you accountable to reach your goals.
 
By July 2008, I had lost 100 pounds.  I was on a roll!  Nothing could stop me from getting to my goal. Then, in November of 2008, I learned I was pregnant with my second child.  I was actually shocked and afraid.  It took me more than seven years to become pregnant with my first child (due to being overweight).  How could this happen?  Well, my body was functioning how it should and it just happened. My son was born in July 2009.  My pregnancy was healthy and just perfect.  I took the knowledge from leading a healthy lifestyle and applied it to the pregnancy.
 
I finally reached losing more than half myself in January of 2010.
 
What is your typical exercise routine like?
I typically exercise five days a week, switching between running, biking, weight training and swimming.  Weekends are spent with my family and we’re pretty active.  We enjoy going to the Phoenix Zoo, swimming in our pool and bike rides.
 
In what ways have your eating habits changed?
Before, my husband and I would typically eat fast food all of the time- sometimes for every meal of the day!  I loved soda as well.  Today, my diet consists of lean meats, lots of fresh fruits and veggies, unsweetened iced tea and water. 
 
What advice would you give to someone either just beginning or hitting a rough patch in their weight loss journey?
Here are my “Top Ten Tips” for others who would like to achieve weight loss success:
 
1.  Slow and steady wins the race. 
 
2.  Don't think of food as a way to feed your body but to fuel your body. 
 
3.  Log your food including condiments, butters, oils and drinks.  The only way to gauge how you are doing is logging.
 
4.  Don't obsess with the scale.  Gauge how you are doing two ways:  how your clothes fit and your overall well-being.
 
5.  An apple a day, at minimum, is a fast and easy snack and keeps you full until the next meal.
 
6.  Get up and move at least 10 minutes per day: garden, go for a walk, climb stairs, etc.
 
7.  Even the busiest person can find time for exercise, sometimes creativity is called for!  Take your exercise clothes to work and go for a walk, jog or run. (This is my biggest secret to success)
 
8.  Take an hour on Sunday to prepare food for the week.  For example, cut up greens and veggies for salad, measure veggies into baggies or plastic containers.  Failure to plan is a plan to fail.  Nutrition is key to your weight loss success.
 
9.  If you work in an office, here are some tricks to fit in additional calorie burn:  take the stairs versus the elevator, walk over and speak personally with a co-worker rather than phone or email, park further out, organize a walking group - meet on breaks and take a stroll, get up once in a while and stretch.
 
10.  Most importantly, love yourself and be positive.  Take each day as it comes.  If you have a "bad" day, move on to the next!
 
How has your life changed since losing weight and improving your health?
Today, I'm trimming and toning and working on weight loss maintenance.  Everything in my life is 110% better.  I can think clearer which has improved my work abilities.  I've excelled at my job since I have gained confidence. I've ran in two half marathons and taken up biking.  My husband and I share a passion for running and biking.  We couldn't be a closer couple. I feel like a trillion bucks!
 
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Comments

  • 145
    Congrats, and thank you for the tips. - 2/24/2014   3:22:01 AM
  • 144
    Wow, your success is amazing! Congratulations on taking charge of your health and succeeding at becoming the best you can be. Thank you for sharing. - 12/30/2013   5:12:03 PM
  • 143
    Loved the story of your journey. You have done amazing. I am going to utilize your tips. - 10/15/2013   10:49:52 AM
  • CBOKITKO
    142
    Thank you for sharing your story. You have inspired me. I now know I can do this!!!!!!!! - 10/15/2013   8:19:58 AM
  • 141
    Good job! I'm very happy for you! - 10/13/2013   8:31:56 PM
  • 140
    I'm posting your tips to get a good start (again) on my weight loss journey. I've got a 100+ to lose also. - 10/4/2013   9:49:45 AM
  • 139
    Very inspiring. I am starting out (Again) on my weight loss journey and i have well over 100 pounds to lose, it's nice to read a success story with issues that i can really relate too. Thanks and Well done! - 9/29/2013   7:56:52 AM
  • ISOLATED1
    138
    Great Job. What an inspiration. I am closing in on about 1/3 of my goal. This helps me out! - 9/27/2013   5:17:22 PM
  • 137
    Congratulations Lindsay!! And thanks for sharing your tips with us. You deserve a big hug along with a WOOHOO!
    Hugs,
    Lee - 9/24/2013   7:20:16 PM
  • 136
    Great job! Thanks for sharing and the motivational tips. :) - 9/24/2013   12:08:37 PM
  • GRETCHENCITA
    135
    I'm just getting started, 3rd week and 6 pounds down. I live in a small town Coolidge,AZ. My body hurts and I hate the heat. I imagine myself walking and biking, but I can't make my body move. I need to lose about 140. Do you
    remember the beginning of your journey? I need motivation to start moving - 9/21/2013   2:02:52 AM
  • 134
    Awesome! Congrats and thanks for sharing. - 9/20/2013   9:19:58 PM
  • PHATNOMO11
    133
    Way to go!!!! - 9/20/2013   1:39:46 PM
  • IRENE100
    132
    This is such an inspirational story! You should be very proud of yourself. I have fallen off the cart so many times and this was an uplifting article - 9/20/2013   2:03:00 AM
  • GMAWAFFLES
    131
    09/19/13 I am new to SparkPEOPLE. I read your story first of all "CONGRATS." I hope to find some help,push & success of some kind. Keep going !!!
    - 9/19/2013   2:08:51 PM
  • GEONILLE
    130
    Congrats on all the hard work you have & are still doing!! Thank you for writing in. Such a motivating journey!! You look great!! - 9/19/2013   12:41:15 PM
  • 129
    Awesome success story! You really motivate me to get back to my goal weight and stay there!! - 9/18/2013   12:17:04 PM
  • RTSUGAR
    128
    Great article--started using these tips immediately. Getting up and moving at work--what an idea(lol)--looking forward to doing this - 9/17/2013   2:45:09 PM
  • NADMAL1
    127
    I started keeping track of what I eat about a month ago! Hoping to start loosing some weight, but it's hard to get the exercise in after working long hours and having other daily family commitments. You've left some good comments! I'll come back to them to review.... by the way, you look great! Thank you. - 9/16/2013   10:48:15 PM
  • SOPHIE1132
    126
    You are an awesome inspiration. I need to remember your advice and not give up. Thanks for your story. - 9/16/2013   6:59:03 PM
  • CHERIZ1954
    125
    Just starting my 100+ weight loss journey today. Your words are inspiring and the tips will be helpful -- especially the "failure to plan = a plan to fail" --- preparing ahead of time is a great challenge for me but this time I will succeed! - 9/16/2013   12:58:45 PM
  • 124
    Thank you so much for sharing your story. You have accomplished what very few do, and you look amazing!!! I am going to take your "Failure to plan is a plan to fail" quote as my new mantra. I have a feeling this will encourage better decision-making for me. Thanks and best wishes for continuing successes!!! - 9/16/2013   2:20:08 AM
  • LYNNSALLEE
    123
    I HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO BUT I AM ENCOURAGED BY YOU STORY THAT IT CAN BE DONE! THANKS FOR MOTIVATING ME TO LOOK AT THE DAY AND NOT AT THE YEARS! - 9/13/2013   12:21:12 PM
  • SHRINK4SOPHIE
    122
    Great article - thanks for sharing. You've inspired me to make changes and add some of your top ten to my routine....like going for a walk on lunch hour instead of working through it! - 9/12/2013   9:40:21 PM
  • 121
    Congrat. You look great. Love your advice about slow and steady. That's my motto all the time. - 9/12/2013   7:09:18 PM
  • APCRAFTYGIRL
    120
    I loved your tips. They're very practical and usable. I like the one about being slow and steady. Congratulations on your success. - 9/11/2013   11:57:06 PM
  • APCRAFTYGIRL
    119
    I loved your tips. They're very practical and usable. I like the one about being slow and steady. Congratulations on your success. - 9/11/2013   11:57:05 PM
  • 1GONNAWIN
    118
    Congradulations, you look terrific! Thanks for the inspiration, I'm having a hard time staying on track. Thanks for letting us know how a determined mind can help us truly achieve our goal. - 9/11/2013   8:20:12 PM
  • BRONXNANCY
    117
    What a great story and an inspiration, I need to lose 100 lbs, and it seems overwhelming, but reading your story gives me confidence, that it can be done, thanks alot - 9/11/2013   1:00:11 PM
  • EMARCUS77
    116
    What an inspiration! Thank you! - 9/10/2013   3:36:24 PM
  • HNGRYCATERPILAR
    115
    Congratulations! - 9/10/2013   2:46:19 AM
  • 114
    Congratulations Lindsay, what a fabulous success story! You look amazing, healthy and happy! - 9/8/2013   7:08:45 PM
  • NADAVL
    113
    great inspiration! - 9/8/2013   7:23:19 AM
  • 112
    congratulations ! You are an inspiration. thanks for sharing - 9/8/2013   6:39:00 AM
  • LA_SOL19
    111
    Thanks for sharing. I really needed to hear from someone that was previously in my shoes. - 9/6/2013   3:34:35 PM
  • LA_SOL19
    110
    Thanks for sharing. I really needed to hear from someone that was previously in my shoes. - 9/6/2013   3:34:06 PM
  • ELJENSEN
    109
    Thanks for sharing
    Im just starting and needed to know it can be done :)
    EJ - 9/5/2013   1:13:24 PM
  • MZERICK
    108
    What an awesome success story! Thank you for sharing... Im sure that in February 2014 I will be sharing a similar story to you :-) - 9/4/2013   11:56:26 PM
  • 107
    You have an awesome motivation story. I am just starting my diet and I am already dreading the temptations. Thanks again for your story.
    - 9/4/2013   11:35:49 AM
  • 106
    Congratulations! You are awesome! Thank you for sharing your story. I need to lose 150lbs. You've really helped motivate me. - 9/4/2013   12:51:55 AM
  • 105
    What a great story. Just what I needed to read this morning! Congrats - 9/3/2013   10:19:43 AM
  • 104
    Such an inspiring story, you look great!!! - 9/3/2013   7:39:20 AM
  • 103
    I have an old Chicago World's Fair souvenir mirror, with 2 elves (?) on the reverse that say "Keep Your Eyes on the Prize". - 9/2/2013   4:40:22 PM
  • 102
    These are some great tips! :o) Congrats to you!! - 9/2/2013   9:12:27 AM
  • 101
    Very Awesome. - 9/2/2013   2:26:47 AM
  • KAYMAXIM
    100
    Way to go! - 9/2/2013   12:00:16 AM
  • 99
    Congratulations and Best of Luck as you maintain. That can be the more difficult of tasks. Sounds like you have the support at home and that's half the battle! - 9/1/2013   11:55:50 PM
  • 98
    Your story is inspirational, I also have to loose 150 lbs. plus. I am setting goals of 10% at a time. Last was my first week and I lost 4.8 lbs. I am hoping to reach my first 10% by November in time to fly to Houston, TX to surprise my granddaughter at her school for Grandparents Day. My ah-ah moments was last weekend I measured myself so I could see in inches how I will be doing and I discovered that my bust, abdomen and hip measurements were 60" plus. I couldn't get an accurate measurement since the tape measurement only went to 60". I am 5'6" tall which means that I am almost as big around as I am tall.
    - 9/1/2013   10:38:48 AM
  • 97
    Losing that much weight, you probably have loose skin. When I lost 70lbs before I had a lot of lose skin and sometimes I felt uglier with that than being fat. What are you doing to help with that?!? And Congratulations! - 9/1/2013   9:00:41 AM
  • KAUSHALTHEGURU
    96
    :) happy for you

    pray for me too
    - 9/1/2013   3:05:23 AM

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