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Down 212 Lbs, Tracy Had 'Always Been Obese'

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6/23/2013 6:00 AM   :  288 comments   :  205,849 Views

Name: Tracy Meuschke (TRACY31502)
Weight Lost: 212 pounds
Hometown: South Bend, IN
Occupation: Stay-at-home mom

What was life like before losing weight?
I have ALWAYS been obese! At the age of 12, I was 255 pounds and on the Jenny Craig program. I stayed on for about four weeks, losing about five pounds, and then quit. I just kept going up and up from there. I was 325 pounds in high school. I was around 300 pounds when I got married and then gained 73 pounds within the first two years of our marriage.  I had lost two pregnancies and just hit an all-time low and didn't take care of myself. I'm sure my weight played a big role in having my miscarriages.

At my highest weight, I was happy with everyone around me, but not happy with myself. I honestly didn't realize I was as big as I was and I didn't realize all the things from which my weight was holding me back.  I mean, shaving my legs or even putting on my shoes was a chore. Walking just a half mile was huge for me. I would breathe heavily even when doing nothing.

What was your "A-Ha moment" that made you get serious about losing the weight?
One morning, I just broke down. I felt like no diet was working and I didn't know what to do. I actually contemplated surgery. But after some praying about what to do, I just started cutting down on what I ate and started moving!

What was the main motivation behind your weight loss?
My biggest motivation was that I wanted to have a healthy pregnancy and baby not just for myself but also because my husband wanted to be a dad so much. Our losses were the toughest thing we had ever been through, but they made us grow as a couple and got me on the track to healthy living! 

Tell us a bit about your weight loss journey.
I started reducing the amount of food I was eating and just started moving more! I lost around 123 pounds and became pregnant with my son. I had a healthy pregnancy, but I gained 75 pounds! So once I had him, I had to start over. But when I did, I went at it full force. I lost those 75 pounds I had gained, plus 15 more, putting me at 235 pounds. (138 pounds down from my heaviest).

When I hit that mark, I became pregnant with my daughter.  I had another great pregnancy but gained 65 pounds, putting me back up around 300 pounds. This time, I started right away and signed up with SparkPeople.com just days after having my little girl.  I knew I needed some extra help if I was going to lose this weight and keep it off this time for good. I lost 129 pounds with SparkPeople and am now down 210 pounds overall!  The fact that I can log my calories on the SparkPeople app is huge for me.  Setting goals on SparkPeople helps me be accountable. And of course, a huge one, SUPPORT, SUPPORT and more SUPPORT!!! It never fails that if I'm having a rough day; my SparkFriends are there to say just the right thing!


How has your life changed since losing weight and improving your health?

Once I had my children, my motivation was to be a healthy wife and mom! I don't ever want to be the mom sitting on the sidelines that cannot be out there playing with her kids and has to watch her husband out there building memories with them. I don't want to be the mom at the amusement park who has to tell their child: “No, I can't ride that with you because I don't fit in the seat.”  I don't want my kids to miss out on all that life has for them because I couldn't get myself fit and healthy. There is so much more to life than I ever thought there was when I was 373 pounds. I am now truly LIVING!



What a great story, Tracy!
 
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Comments

  • LESYEUXFOU
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    So inspiring. I've just signed up today with SparkPeople. Thank you - 7/6/2013   2:51:38 PM
  • FOURTEEN2FOUR
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    You look gorgeous! Your story is so inspiring. I feel the way you described (on the sidelines) at 170 pounds, I can't even imagine how you felt!!! What a huge achievement. - 7/6/2013   8:30:38 AM
  • KIMWARD19
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    You look fantastic, inspiration for my journey to get healthy. - 7/5/2013   2:54:16 PM
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    Great story!! Thanks for sharing. You look amazing!!! - 7/5/2013   2:53:59 PM
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    I get most motivated when I read success stories with before and after pictures, thank you for sharing! Just curious, was there ever a time when a person that you happened to see out in public didn't know you, after the weight loss and what was there reaction? ~Karen~ - 7/5/2013   11:00:50 AM
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    What an inspiration! Thanks for sharing your story. - 7/4/2013   11:23:54 AM
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    What an encouragement to read. I am in the 300's and reading this and seeing your photos, I believe it can be done and I can do it. Thanks so much for being willing to tell your story and being a role model for us who can't really see the end of the line yet. - 7/3/2013   1:10:41 PM
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    Congrats! You look great! And happy! :) - 7/2/2013   2:26:38 PM
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    You look terrific and ever so HAPPY!! What a great accomplishment. Thanks so much for sharing your story!! - 7/2/2013   11:33:59 AM
  • CRYSTALOWEN414
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    Reading your story felt like I was reading my own life story. I know how you feel. I didn't realize just how big I really was until recently when we went on vacation and I saw a picture of myself. It really hit me then. I instantly felt like I could let depression get the best of me. But I have 2 beautiful daughters that need me. And they need me to be healthy and alive. Even though this is the beginning of my journey, I know I can do this. I have a wonderful friend that supports me and encourages me everyday. Your story was meant for me to read. Thank you so much for sharing. You are a true inspiration to many. Keep up the good work!
    - 7/1/2013   10:36:24 PM
  • ANNMARISE2
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    Congrats.....I work in Mishawaka so were neighbors. I've lost wight over and over. But this time it's much harder and I keep giving up. It helps to read how others have succeeded. Thanks for sharing - 7/1/2013   9:08:50 PM
  • TOOTIE140
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    Such a inspiring story. It touch me very deeply, beacause I to had two miscarriage and i know it was because of my weight. That what insipire me to change my ways, cause one day I do want a child with my husband. My goal is to lose the weight, and not get pregnant until im where i want to be. If I was to get pregnant, I will con to eat healthy food, so I will not gain all of it back. Having my drs. to guide me and remember all the tips I've learned the way - 7/1/2013   3:48:49 PM
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    I would love to thank you all individually for your kind words but I'm going to do a HUGE THANK YOU right here! Your comments mean so much to me! THANK YOU! If you have a specific question for me you are welcome to inbox me on my sparkpage or you can also find me at www.facebook.com/4FWeightLossJourne
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    THANK YOU ALL AGAIN! - 6/30/2013   6:51:17 PM
  • 225
    So inspiring! Thank you! - 6/30/2013   6:46:02 PM
  • SHARONDAJONES
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    Yah! You did it by yourself! No weight loss pill or anything that's amazing. You helped me out in a special way thank you! - 6/30/2013   4:24:49 PM
  • LMYAWN11
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    You look great. I'm trying to loose 30 pounds and it seems like an uphill battle. Thanks for sharing your story. You are truly an inspiration.
    - 6/30/2013   4:23:52 PM
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    WOW....such motivation! I needed to read this today...I'm a bit bummed about a slight weight gain, but I know if you did it more than once....I can too! You look great! WTG!!!! - 6/30/2013   9:09:03 AM
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    AWESOME! Your weight loss is fantastic! - 6/30/2013   6:00:15 AM
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    WAY TO GO! Just goes to show it CAN be done, when you set your mind to it.
    No weight loss surgery which is a big positive, because you can still eat as regular person. You will keep it off for good because you have proved to yourself that you are worth it, and that you CAN DO IT! - 6/29/2013   4:20:46 PM
  • GONNADOIT221
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    This is so awesome--brings tears to my eyes to see you slimmed down and able to love being an active mom. You must feel so good! - 6/29/2013   9:15:04 AM
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    You look fantastic! Congratulations on your weight loss! I always seem to be the one on the sidelines watching other people do it. I am also from Indiana......hello fellow Hoosier! Maybe one day I will be in your position and have lost too! Wish me luck - 6/29/2013   8:10:04 AM
  • MYDREAMS2
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    Congratulations, Tracy!!!! You have done so well & look so good!! Love Maree :-) - 6/28/2013   8:20:29 PM
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    You are brilliant. - 6/28/2013   4:56:36 PM
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    Wow what an amazingly great story thank you for sharing! - 6/28/2013   12:16:56 PM
  • 214
    Congratulations to you, for your commitment to accomplishing your goals for a healthier life. I know it had to be so difficult, but your dedication is inspiring. You are doing it! - 6/28/2013   10:35:40 AM
  • UMBRELLAGIRL3
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    I really enjoyed reading your story. You look wonderful! I am just starting out, and wanted to read a story to help inspire me - and yours was the first one I read. God Bless! - 6/27/2013   11:38:51 PM
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    What an inspiration! Thank you for sharing. - 6/27/2013   8:06:36 PM
  • STANDFIRMAJ
    211
    Thanks for sharing, you look great. - 6/27/2013   2:41:18 PM
  • SNEHABOSE
    210
    Awesome job! - 6/27/2013   1:52:07 PM
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    I lost over 100 lb a few years ago but put it all back on, except for 4lb. So I know how hard your journey has been. You look really lovely and will be my inspiration! - 6/27/2013   6:29:51 AM
  • NCSTEPHANIE
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    I just joined SP today, and your's happened to be the first story I clicked for inspiration. WOW, praying I can be telling a similar story in a year - 6/26/2013   11:29:20 PM
  • TPKENNEDY67
    207
    What an inspiration! Thank you! - 6/26/2013   10:31:22 PM
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    SO proud of you, Tracy!!! Congrats on making it happen for YOU and your beautiful family! Now you can enjoy LIFE to the max!!! God bless you!!! - 6/26/2013   7:21:38 PM
  • 205
    Amazing! You are just gorgeous! - 6/26/2013   6:14:18 PM
  • CAROLE999
    204
    FANTASTIC. CONGRATS! - 6/26/2013   4:16:00 PM
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    I just want to say that you are amazing and I love you! I am so proud of you! Check you out being featured on SparkPeople.com. I'm glad people are realizing what a ROCK STAR you are! Love you, bestie! - 6/26/2013   11:30:22 AM
  • 202
    Wow! Congrats on your amazing success! - 6/26/2013   9:20:44 AM
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    What a great role model for your children! - 6/26/2013   8:59:48 AM
  • LVGABER
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    You are such an inspiration! Congratulations! - 6/25/2013   11:15:21 PM
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    You are amazing! Congratulations, you look fabulous - 6/25/2013   10:03:47 PM
  • TERESA7281
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    Wow, good job! - 6/25/2013   8:12:04 PM
  • SHARONCAPPS
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    What an inspiring story. You have done wonderful. Thank you for sharing. - 6/25/2013   7:46:35 PM
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    Great job and thanks for sharing! - 6/25/2013   5:24:53 PM
  • 195
    Way to go. You look great - 6/25/2013   5:22:13 PM
  • 194
    Congrats! Keep up the good work & be proud of yourself! - 6/25/2013   3:08:20 PM
  • STARFISH0911
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    awesome job..you are truly an inspiration!!!!! - 6/25/2013   3:06:07 PM
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    WOW Great job! - 6/25/2013   11:13:50 AM
  • 191
    Congratulations. You look great. - 6/25/2013   6:56:07 AM
  • MHYDE32
    190
    That is awesome, I am at about the same weight you were when you started. I am having a hard time with just being motivated to exercise. What was it that motivated you to get out and just do it. How long did it take to for you to lose that much weight? I am super happy for you and getting yourself down to where you feel great, I only hope that I can do the same thing. You are an inspiration to me! Thanks for sharing your story. :-) - 6/25/2013   2:49:54 AM
  • KHALIA2
    189
    Great Job!!! - 6/24/2013   11:38:49 PM

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