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

By , SparkPeople Blogger
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!

*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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What an awesome success story! Thank you for sharing... Im sure that in February 2014 I will be sharing a similar story to you :-) Report
You have an awesome motivation story. I am just starting my diet and I am already dreading the temptations. Thanks again for your story.
Congratulations! You are awesome! Thank you for sharing your story. I need to lose 150lbs. You've really helped motivate me. Report
What a great story. Just what I needed to read this morning! Congrats Report
Such an inspiring story, you look great!!! Report
I have an old Chicago World's Fair souvenir mirror, with 2 elves (?) on the reverse that say "Keep Your Eyes on the Prize". Report
These are some great tips! :o) Congrats to you!! Report
Very Awesome. Report
Way to go! Report
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! Report
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.
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! Report
:) happy for you

pray for me too
i am so happy for you and you've really motivated me to be more vigilant :) Report
That is fantastic. I'm having enough trouble just losing 25 pounds or so. I had lost 28 and only had 10 or so more to go when I blew it and now I'm trying to get back on track. I don't know how you did it and losing 158 pounds on top of it. God Bless you....... Report
Lindsay you look amazing. I am on the road but sometimes I hit a rock in the road. I need to lose 130 lbs. as I have health problems that would be reduced or eliminated. With all the physical limits exercise can be difficult if not impossible sometimes. Yeah I sometimes use my health as an excuse but I really need to start getting things right. Thanks for your tips. God bless you and thank you. Report
What a wonderful accomplishment! Great tips, too. Report
What a wonderful storey, well done, what an inspiration you are.
Thanks for sharing! Getting back on track!
Amazing Lindsay! Thanks for sharing. Report
Amazing Lindsay!!! I am in the process of elimiating the same amount as you. So far I have eliminated a little over 30 pounds in 4 months. I love your number 2 tip. Think of food as fuel for my body not food. Keep up the good work. Report
You look great and congratulations on your weight loss. Reading your story gives me motivation to keep going because I see that it truly can be done. I am working on losing the amount you have lost. Report
You look amazing, but not everybody has the determination and stamina to work out. I am 62. I have recently a complete hip replacement. I watch what I eat and work out within my limitation and still have not lose weight. What can I do to lose weight? Report
Your success is amazing! You lost the same amount of weight that I need to lose. I wish you continued success in your journey :) Its a real inspiration! Report
It is so wonderful to hear of your success and I pray that you will continue to have even more success in all that do in life. I'm commenting because I was reading your story and your tips are exactly identical to mine as I was in prayer this morning. I just want you to know that I will be praying with/for you & cheering U on! Report
It is so wonderful to hear of your success and I pray that you will continue to have even more success in all that do in life. I'm commenting because I was reading your story and your tips are exactly identical to mine as I was in prayer this morning. I just want you to know that I will be praying with/for you & cheering U on! Report
Thank you for being so encouraging. Here`s to your continued success. Report
Well done! Really enjoyed reading about your journey to health ! Report
Well done xxx
You look awesome!! Thank you for the inspiration! Report
Congratulations! It is great feeling to have mastered the food demon. Yay!!!
I am right with you losing 155 +/- pounds myself. It took me a lot of attempts to get it right and keep it off, but so so so so glad I tried one-more-time! (and I am grateful and lucky to have SP and other online support.).

You look great, btw! Report
Thanks for sharing your story. I needed that today to get back on track. I have been off for almost two weeks. Alot to do with stress and death in the family. No excuse I know but I really needed this to get back. Report
What an amazing transformation! Thank you for sharing your story. Report
Thank you for the encouraging words I have been doing this for 40 years and its very challenging I still don't seem to be fully commitment. I hope to be where you are one day. Hopeful Report
Thanks for sharing your story. Report
You did great and thank you for sharing! Report
Inspiring! Thanks!
What's even more remarkable than losing so much weight is having kept it off for nearly 4 years. Cudos!! Weight maintenance has always been my downfall. Thanks for sharing your story! :) Report
Thank you I needed to read this today,, thanks Report
Very inspiring story, and very realistic tips. Thanks for sharing your story & the tips. Your 'now' photo looks awesome! Congrats on your weight loss & your life style gains! Report
Awesome story to inspire me lost my last 20 lbs...
Awesome accomplishment and insights! I looked at your tracker and had a question - your carbs are usually 100g a day or less, I'm wondering if you consider your eating plan to be low-carb or not? Report
Thanks Lindsay for the post, I needed that push to get me going. :D Report
Although I walk everyday, I still feel resistance to doing more. Lindsay inspires me to just move through that resistance just do it. Thanks! Report
That is a awesome story and keep up the good work. Knowing that you have achieve gives us all encouragement. Thank you Report
What a great story. I now realize at the age of 57 that I need to fuel my body for optimum health. Years ago, I lost weight solely for others, particulary the male species would find me more attractive. That didn't work and now am on a great path of optimum health. Report
Wow!!! You've given me great hope at a time when I've been ready to give up! Thanks! Report
CONGRATS!!!! You are an inspiration to many!!! Thank you for sharing your journey with wishes as you continue on Report
Congrats! What an amazing example of a true life change. I have 150 pounds to lose as well. Reading your story gives me hope that it is possible. Thank you. Report
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