Weight Has Stayed Off
Age 48
Memphis, Tenn.
40 pounds lost
After being diagnosed with high cholesterol, I knew it was time to change my eating habits, to get healthy. My biggest challenge throughout my weight loss was learning how to change my eating habits. I was so used to eating just about anything. But when I found SparkPeople, I found out that a lot of foods I was eating were not good for my body. So I had to learn about nutrition, good calories and empty calories. It was very time-consuming, but I knew if I learned how to eat healthy (clean), the weight would come off and stay off.

For the first time in my life, I'm wearing a size 8-10. I'm so excited. I know this will be a size I'll maintain for the rest of my life.

There were many times when I just said to myself, "What's the use?" when I hit a plateau and stopped losing weight. But every day as I logged on to SparkPeople, I could always find the motivation to keep going. Also I read health and nutrition books to help me to stay focused. Sometimes I stayed on a plateau for a couple of months, but I kept telling myself as long as I was eating clean and exercising, I was doing something good for my body.

Fitness plays a very important role in my life. Since losing weight, I became a fitness and nutrition coach. Every day, I work with others to help them with their fitness and nutrition. I work out at least 5 or 6 days a week.

To others, I say take it one day at a time. Don't look at how much you want to lose by a certain day, but look at starting everyday as your first day. Get up and get started every day. The hard work will pay off. The journey is not easy, but it is worthwhile. I also tell others that this is a lifestyle journey, something they'll be doing for the rest of their life--not just for a dieting period.

Stay positive, and log your meals and exercises daily. Stay within your calorie range and burn the recommended calories, and before you know it, you will have reached your goal and passed it.

I tell myself, "just keep going, it will pay off in the long run."

Since losing weight I'm more energetic. I find myself just jumping sometimes.