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Donna DeGroot (DDHEART)
Weight Lost: 41 pounds
Hometown: Gillett, WI
Occupation: Retired Cardiac Nurse Specialist/ re-retired Passenger Services Manager on a private railcar
What was life like before your weight loss?
I was never hugely overweight, but always heavier than I probably should be. I grew up being "the big little sister." My father said he preferred his girls plump (I hate that word!) while my mother had her own weight problems. Food was the equivalent of love. No hugging, but here have some ice cream. Now, that's not to blame my family but it does help to explain the complex relationship with food and the connection with emotional eating. I love to eat and I eat when I'm unhappy, bored, when socializing, etc. I have almost no pictures from when I was heavier. I would avoid the camera like the plague and when I did find that a photo of me was taken, I would often get rid of it if it was unflattering. It's important for me to note, that when I try to look back through photos, I now see pictures where I was not particularly overweight but if you were to ask me I would've said I was ALWAYS overweight. I did not have an eating disorder, unless you would count the years of yo-yo diets, but during those earlier years, I also wasn't particularly fit. I certainly wasn't athletic. Even as a child, I was shy, cautious and aware that I was "the fat little sister.” I was not as coordinated as other children- at least that's what I thought- and I was afraid to try things for fear that I would look foolish. I missed out on so much.
What was your ‘light bulb moment’ that made you get serious about losing the weight?
A few years ago when I retired, I joined Weight Watchers and had to step on the scale. My ‘OMG moment’ was stepping on that scale and realizing that this weight gain could not keep up. I lost about 40 pounds and actually wore a size six very briefly. Alas, I didn't keep it up. I should have continued to go to meetings, but didn't and soon even size 12’s didn't fit. I managed to keep some control but just couldn't seem to get myself on track. I knew I needed to adopt a different life philosophy if I want to fit inside a different body. I don't know if I will ever be a person who likes to exercise more than she likes to eat, but I sure would like to be someone who doesn't fill the empty spaces with food.
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Name: Kristen Webster (KRISTEN_SAYS)
Weight Lost: 50 pounds
Hometown: Oneonta, NY
Occupation: Sales associate at a local furniture store
What was life like before losing weight?
I was always overweight--all throughout my childhood, high school and into college. I grew up on mac & cheese, chicken nuggets and big, fat bagels. I steadily gained weight throughout high school and into my first three semesters of college. I was always extremely insecure about my appearance and how out of shape I was.
I dreaded going to classes that were on the third floor of the buildings. I refused to take the elevator because I didn't want other people to look at me and think that I couldn't make it up three flights of stairs because I was fat and out of shape. But by the time I got to the second landing, I was exhausted and by the time I got to my classroom, I could barely breathe, and I would try to hide it. It was embarrassing.
What was the main motivation behind your weight loss?
When I was 19, I was at my heaviest weight (160 pounds on a 5'1" frame; 30.2 BMI). My grandfather, who is very overweight himself, told me I was too heavy and that I had no excuse for it. He wasn't voicing his concern for my health; he was simply judging me on my appearance. My own grandfather! I was used to kids teasing me about my weight throughout my childhood and adolescence, but my own grandfather?
I was upset but finally, about a week later, it clicked. I was, in fact, too heavy. I let myself go, and I had to put a stop to it before I got any bigger. I finally realized that I was done being the fat girl.
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It's a great week for SparkPeople members! Two of our inspiring Success Stories are in the news for their incredible life changes.
Bonnie (FLYINGB16) lost 142 pounds, and now her story is featured on FamilyCircle.com and in the latest issue of the magazine. Read part of her story here, and pick up the magazine (on newsstands now) to read more!
Nancy (http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=NANCYANNE55) lost 49 pounds--and is a personal trainer who's had four kids. You can read her story at Shape.com.
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