Success Story: 'It Was Worth It to Spend Time on ME'*


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Meet Diane Wilson, a member (username WILSOD1) who lost 75 pounds! Here, Diane shares what has worked for her in her journey so far--and how she plans to lose the baby weight from her recent pregnancy.
What is your age? 28
How long have you been a SparkPeople member? How did you find SparkPeople? I joined SparkPeople in November of 2009. I had started trying to lose weight, but no matter what I did, it didn't work--I was always hungry!  My friend suggested I check out, and I fell in love with the site.  I had found a "pot of gold" to the rainbow of my life! I now had the tools to help me with my weight-loss journey.
What is your favorite feature on SparkPeople? My favorite feature is the Nutrition Tracker. It allows me to see exactly what I'm eating and how much I'm eating.  I've learned that carbohydrates are in everything, and that I don't need to eat bread/pasta/rice to get enough carbohydrates in my diet.  I also learned I was eating way too much sodium.  No wonder I couldn't lose weight; too many carbs paired with too much sodium equaled me carrying extra water weight and being hungry (eating carbs, but not fiber-filled carbs).
How much weight have you lost? I have lost 75 pounds.
How long did it take to lose the weight? My weight loss took about a year of very focused effort.  Shortly after joining SparkPeople, I got pregnant with my first child and gained far beyond the amount of weight I needed to for a healthy pregnancy. Three months after my child was born, I decided to get back on track with SparkPeople to lose the weight.
What was your light bulb moment that made you decide to lose weight? I decided to lose weight to feel better, and to look better for my wedding.
What was your biggest obstacle while trying to lose weight? I would have to say learning how to say no to bread, pasta and rice.  I tried to only eat small amounts of them, but I quickly learned that once I started eating these foods, I couldn't stop! Surprisingly, limiting cereal, soda, cookies and ice cream was not a problem.
What does your weekly exercise schedule look like? I walk almost every day and play on the floor with my children. I also make a point to make the bed every morning, scrub the dishes by hand, wash the floors on hands and knees, and go up and down the stairs at least three times every day.  When I find time to put in a yoga DVD or another exercise DVD, I will, but that is maybe once every week or two.  I also stretch daily to relax and keep my muscles loose.
What is your favorite way to exercise? I love to play with my children.  I chase them on hands and knees and pick them up to play airplane (keeping the abs tight for extra core work!).  We play follow the leader.  We run outside.  We climb the stairs together on rainy days and days that are too hot or too cold to be outside.  I take my two girls on a walk using the double stroller and go up and down hills in town.  When I need more of a challenge, I add more weight to the stroller and try to climb the hill in less time—and then I look for steeper hills to climb!
Do you have any personal fitness goals coming up? Since I just had my second child on August 14, 2012, and need to lose more baby weight, my goals are as follows:
1. Re-master the hill next to our home with both girls in the stroller
2. Start looking at the foods I'm eating to get a feel for how much I'm eating
3. In a few weeks, start to cut back on refined carbohydrates and increase stroller time with the girls
4. Continue to drink 1.5-2 gallons of water daily, continue to breastfeed, continue to do all of my normal tasks at home
What does a typical day of food look like for you? How does this compare to the way you ate before your transformation?

Breakfast: 1 cup Cheerios with dried fruit and 2 cups soy milk  OR
2 servings Malt-O-Meal hot cereal with dried fruit and 1 cup soy milk OR
1 oatmeal packet with 2 cups soy milk and dried fruit

Lunch/Dinner: Lean meat and veggie stir-fry with fresh fruit on the side, 2 cups soy milk.

My lunches and dinners are generally made up of the same ingredients, but I mix it up by adding different herbs/spices/flavorings. (Be sure to watch sodium in your seasonings--some are more than half salt!) 

I will also sometimes make chili, ham and pea soup, tacos and, even more rarely, spaghetti or pizza.  I let myself enjoy these meals because my motto is: ''Everything in moderation, including moderation."
What is your favorite healthy food? Fresh peaches and fresh cherries.  I love to eat them as soon as I bring them home from the store!
What is your favorite treat food? Real ice cream and my homemade monster cookies.
Who is your biggest inspiration? I've always been the ''fat kid,'' and as the fat kid grew up, the fat kid became a fat adult.  Loads of people, including my mother and siblings, told me that I would always be fat and that no one would ever want to be with me because I was fat.  It wasn't until my second year of college, when I finally had some space from my negative family, that I started to make friends who were much more positive about body image. These friends helped encourage me to change my body image views for the better. They helped me to see that it was worth it to spend time on me.  I thank my college friends every time I slip into a smaller size.  I fit into a medium shirt and size 12 pants!  I've never been a medium in my life until now!
Do you have a personal mantra/saying/quote that you live by that you’d like to share? Everything in moderation, including moderation.  To me, this means it's alright to splurge and go all out on a particular food/meal every once in a while. Just start back up again with your healthy habits when you're done with that meal.

Congratulations, Diane! What tips from Diane can you use in your own weight-loss journey?

*Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as a typical result of following the SparkPeople program.

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  • 41
    A motivational success story !!! - 10/12/2012   10:57:10 AM
  • 40
    Thanks for sharing your story! I, too, need to lose 75 lbs. - and I haven't a baby in 23 yrs. You're an inspiration to the rest of us! - 10/12/2012   10:55:42 AM
    Great Job! - 10/12/2012   10:15:03 AM
  • CHRIS319
    Very Very inspirational! I have been going back and forth with yo yo dieting. I have been on spark people for a couple years now, but have never really used the tools. I have read the blogs and articles, but with your story I think I will use it and get the full effect of the site and what it stands for! - 10/12/2012   9:21:29 AM
    I agree with you about moderation. I don't deny myself a treat every so often because if I did it would make me want it even more. - 10/12/2012   9:17:57 AM
  • 36
    I love that your exercise involves your girls. - 10/12/2012   8:34:16 AM
  • 35
    I love how you are thinking!!! - 10/12/2012   8:27:41 AM
  • 34
    Good job! You look great and seem to be in a really good place with your life. Well done! - 10/12/2012   8:13:03 AM
  • 33
    Great success story. Very inspirational! Thanks for taking the time to write it! - 10/12/2012   8:03:06 AM
  • 32
    You are a success story! Thank you for inspiring me.

    Elaine - 10/12/2012   7:49:13 AM
    Way to go! Good for you! - 10/12/2012   7:28:05 AM
  • POSTON192
    Gotta say, you look good!!! Great work!!!! - 10/12/2012   7:24:05 AM
  • 29
    Awesome! Keep up the good work. I'm sure you will attain the rest of your goals. You are such an inspiration! - 10/12/2012   7:23:09 AM
  • 28
    Wow! Great job. - 10/12/2012   7:03:15 AM
    You look fabulous---and, once again, we can all see the power of reducing the effects of negative people in our lives. Keep it up and keep it positive! - 10/12/2012   6:44:34 AM
  • 26
    Well Done - 10/12/2012   6:04:36 AM
    Love your story. Thanks for sharing the tips about the pasta and other things. I love how you and your children exercise together. My son and I do also. - 10/12/2012   5:36:16 AM
  • 24
    LOVE story! Thanks for sharing and helping so many others, including me. :) Hats off for realizing the importance of healthy association. - 10/12/2012   4:59:15 AM
  • 23
    very inspiring... way to go.. - 10/12/2012   1:54:12 AM
  • 22
    Congratulations Diane you look great and has inspired me to continue to make changes in what I eat and continue to exercise and I'll be writing my success story. Thank you for the inspiration. - 10/12/2012   12:25:52 AM
    good for you, you look great!
    - 10/11/2012   9:38:57 PM
  • 20
    Congratulations!!!! for your weight loss and your two precious little girls. You have come a long way by sorrounding yourself with positive people....the power of positive it works wonders! I have the same down fall when it comes to bread and rice....I have been thinking that I need to give them just helped me and I will give it a try.
    Keep the good work! - 10/11/2012   8:42:58 PM
    carbs, yeah they are the main culprit. But it is so hard to resist them. Congrats! You can conquer them. - 10/11/2012   7:36:50 PM
  • 18
    Continued success with your journey. I need to learn as you did, to step out of my own way to achieve success. - 10/11/2012   6:27:05 PM
  • 17
    Congratulations Diane! What A Wonderful Inspiring Story! Thank You for Sharing. I Especially Like That You Incoperate Your House Cleaning Into Fitness. That's A Good Workout Too. Moderation in Moderation Is What I Also Like About Your Attitude. Once Again Thanks For The Motivation!!! Congrats On Your New Little Girl And The Older One! :) - 10/11/2012   6:18:18 PM
  • 16
    Your quote, "What was your biggest obstacle while trying to lose weight? I would have to say learning how to say no to bread, pasta and rice. I tried to only eat small amounts of them, but I quickly learned that once I started eating these foods, I couldn't stop! Surprisingly, limiting cereal, soda, cookies and ice cream was not a problem."

    I so relate to this statement and find that at home, I plain don't take the first bite of bread, pasta, rice, but I also include crackers, cookies, ice cream, and cereal. And I love your quote, everything in moderation, including moderation.... When there is a special event or my very favorite hibachi buffet, I eat things I otherwise, usually don't eat (although now I limit my portions significantly)

    You have done so very well, and overcame the negative feedback you had received. Congratulations on doing it WELL and doing it RIGHT and "getting right back" on track after an "event." The answer to long term success and sounds like you have a handle on that.

    Look in the mirror.... "You are doing a good good job!" - 10/11/2012   5:54:39 PM
  • 15
    What a great example of finding balance rather than going to extremes! - 10/11/2012   5:51:10 PM
    Diane, congratulations, thank you for your tip regarding bread,pasta and rice... - 10/11/2012   4:11:00 PM
    Thanks for sharing your journey. Very inspiring! I love the title of your post - 'It Was Worth It to Spend Time on ME.' It is so true! Definitely for us Moms out there too! I'm proud of you and glad you have gotten yourself around some positive people who encourage you! Keep up the great work! Your kids are so lucky to have a Mom who plays with them and has such a positive attitude and outlook on life!!
    - 10/11/2012   3:28:21 PM
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    I love her success. Moderation of everything doesn't work for me, since I have Metabolic Syndrome/Insulin Resistance so I have to stay away from sugar/HFCS and all those products in the store that are full of it. - 10/11/2012   2:45:04 PM
    You have such a realistic food plan as a working class mom and an excellent motto! I'm going to recalibrate a food plan that works for me and pizza ; ]. Thanks and good work Dianne. - 10/11/2012   2:33:11 PM
  • 10
    You go, girl!! - 10/11/2012   2:01:43 PM
  • 9
    Well done!!
    Thanks for sharing this. - 10/11/2012   1:58:51 PM
    Wow! Very awesome and another to keep me motivated! I wish you the best of luck in losing the baby weight. It definately because a bit more harder but its still do-able. You are right, Sparkpeople is a pot of gold! I LOVE IT HERE! - 10/11/2012   1:39:28 PM
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    Congratulations! Very inspiring story! I love how you use playing with your kids as part of your daily exercise! Not only are you spending quality time with them and being active, you are also teaching them healthy habits. WTG on your success! - 10/11/2012   12:26:07 PM
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    Wow! Congrats on your weight loss. Sorry about your family. My mom used to bug me about my weight. I felt like saying you're not much of an example, but I held my tongue. I didn't want to be like that. My friends helped me know I'm so much more than the weight. Thanks for sharing.
    - 10/11/2012   11:39:36 AM
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    I love her mantra- Everything in moderation including moderation. - 10/11/2012   11:02:58 AM
    Thanks for sharing your story! What a great inspiration you are. Carbs are my downfall too .:) - 10/11/2012   10:43:23 AM
  • 3
    Congratulations, Diane. Job well done and you are setting a wonderful example of healthy living for your children. - 10/11/2012   10:32:37 AM
  • 2
    Congrats - very inspirational! - 10/11/2012   10:31:47 AM
  • DAWNF1473
    Very inspirational!!!! Thank you for sharing! - 10/11/2012   10:10:36 AM

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