'I Got Fit to Give My Son the Life He Deserves'*

By , SparkPeople Blogger
Meet Christy Caby (CHRISTY2BTHIN) a SparkPeople.com member who has lost 95 pounds in two years! Find out her secrets of success here.

What is your age?  26 

How long have you been a SparkPeople member? How did you find SparkPeople?  I've been a SparkPeople member for over a year now.  I was turned onto it by another successful member.  She is a dear friend of mine who started her weight-loss journey around the same time I did, as we were pregnant together.  She told me about SparkPeople after we'd both started losing weight, and I decided to check it out. And I kept coming back! 

What is your favorite feature on SparkPeople? I love the Nutrition Tracker and how it breaks down the different nutrients.  It really showed me that I wasn’t getting enough protein in my daily diet, so I started to find ways to incorporate more protein and cut back on carbs.  Before SparkPeople, I wasn’t aware of how those nutrient breakdowns factored into my diet as a whole.

How much weight have you lost? I have lost 95 pounds.

How long did it take to lose the weight? 2 years and counting. 

What was your light bulb moment that made you decide to lose weight? I had complications during my pregnancy that I probably would not have had if I hadn’t been so overweight.  I got to 300+ pounds while pregnant with my son.  The day that I had him, I started counting calories and watching portions.  I ordered fruits, veggies and other healthy items while in the hospital.  I didn’t want to encourage unhealthy eating for my son, and I knew that I had to get fit if I was going to keep up with him and give him the life that he deserved.  I got on the scale the first time a few weeks after I had him and used that as my starting weight.  My husband got on board with me a few months ago, and he has now lost over 60 pounds.  It is amazing to see the changes that we have made--and continue to make--to be healthier for our son, who is now 2!

What was your biggest obstacle while trying to lose weight? MYSELF!!  I have been a habitual binge eater for as long as I can remember.  I use food to cope with pretty much any emotion.  I can’t seem to just be satisfied with a taste; I have to eat mass quantities to feel comforted by it.  It is a hard thing to overcome, and I still work on it one day at a time. At least now, I acknowledge it and am aware.  I can say that even through all of my many stumbles along the way, the difference this time is that I am mindful of what I am doing.  I still get on the scale, I still take my body measurements, I still contact my accountability buddies.  I don’t just completely throw in the towel, but I accept that the stumbles will occur.

What does your weekly exercise schedule look like? I do an hour of cardio five days per week, and strength training a couple of days per week.  I work out at home, so my strength training is dumbbells or resistance bands in the living room, and I do workout DVDs for cardio.  I get all of my workouts in during the morning before I get ready for work.  I find that working out while my husband and son are still asleep is the best way for me to make sure I get it in.  It means that I have to get up at 4:30 every morning, but it's not so bad now that I'm used to it. I get my workout done, and I feel better and more alert throughout the day!

 What is your favorite way to exercise? Besides working out at home (which I prefer), I would pick tennis or hiking.  I like that I can enjoy these activities with my family, and I always feel great afterwards, like I challenged my body.

Do you have any personal fitness goals coming up? I have never been much of a runner, but I am doing the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day with my family.  My goal is to jog the whole thing, as opposed to walking.  I did the same race last year and walked/jogged.  I inspired members of my family to make this a yearly tradition, and they are going to do it with me starting this year!

What does a typical day of food look like for you? How does this compare to the way you ate before your transformation? I either have a protein shake or a piece of fruit after my morning workout, followed by a 200-calorie warm breakfast when I get to work.  I usually bring in dinner leftovers for lunch. (My husband is the cook and has been cooking healthier, portion-controlled meals.  He makes enough for a reasonable dinner serving for us both, plus one lunch serving for me!) I have a light snack in the afternoon (yogurt, cheese, milk, protein bar, etc.) and then a home-cooked meal when I get home. 

Before, I would have had something sugary for breakfast, something deep-fried and fattening for lunch (I LOVE French fries), and we were bad about getting fast food every night for dinner.  We have cut the fast food down to once per week as a little treat, and the portions have drastically changed from what they used to be.  We can share an order of fries now instead of two super-sized orders!

What is your favorite healthy food? Plain Greek yogurt!  One of my friends taught me a cool trick: You add a packet of your favorite Crystal Light drink mix flavor (I love the cherry limeade) to an individual plain Greek yogurt serving and stir it in.  It gives the yogurt an AMAZING flavor and tastes so refreshing.  I also love how you can use Greek yogurt to make healthier dips, salad dressings, toppings for a sandwich or wrap, as a replacement for sour cream on a baked potato… it has really cut the fat and junk out of some of my favorite things!
What is your favorite treat food? Any kind of fried potato!  I usually let myself have fries, tator tots or hash browns once a week so that I don’t feel deprived!

Who is your biggest inspiration? My husband!  I love that he has gotten on board with me, and the progress that that he continues to make is amazing, even if he isn’t as strict as me.  I love that we can do this together for the betterment of our family and our son’s future. 

Do you have a personal mantra/saying/quote that you live by that you’d like to share? ''6, not 26.'' My goal is to get to a size 6 (I am in an 8 now), and I used to be a size 26 at one point… so when I am tempted to eat more than I should, or lose control in a social setting, I try to chant this to myself to remind me of the goals that I am working toward!

Let's hear it for Christy! How has she inspired you to make changes in your own life?

*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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Wow, you look so beautiful and amazing and your story really inspires me! Report
You look fab Christy, keep up the good work! You have inspired me! Report
Great story! Report
love reading sucess stories!! Report
you remind us that its about baby steps, moderation and preparation. Go You!!!!
You look amazing Christy, what a journey I need to do the same in respect to working out or it just does not happen.
Thank you for sharing your tips on the yogurt I like Celery but generally want to dip it so I will pick up some plain Non Fat Greek Yogurt any suggestions of what to mix it with for dips.
Good job and congradulations Christy!! Thank you for sharing. Report
I like amazing story!
Thanks Christy! Report
You have done well congrat!!! Report
Awesome job.... I've been a member for 3 days now and am already feeling better. I wish I would have known about this site 2 years ago so I could be in the same place that you are now. I find this site very encouraging. Report
Great job! I love the idea to flavor greek yogurt! makes for lots more options!
You are amazing and an inspiration to all. Keep up the great work. Report
I too struggle with getting enough protein. Besides Greek yogurt, how have you increased your protein. Do you have sometype of list of protein sources? Report
Thank you so much for your inspiration and encouragement. I, too, am motivated by the ones I love to get healthy which includes weight-loss. My progress is so slow, only 5 ibs in 3 months. My doctor is trying to help me find out what is causing such slow progress. She thinks it might be because I'm experiencing a Sjogrens (autoimmune disease) flare-up. Never-the-less I'm not giving up! Report
Great blog. You are a true inspiration. Love really is a great motivator. Love of son/love of self. Report
What an inspiration! So happy that your husband is doing his best as well! I know so many people who do not have the help of their spouse and I couldn't even imagine! Good for both of you! Report
You look amazing!! Great job! Report
Congratulations!! You are a great role model for you son and everyone!! Report
Wow! What an aspiring story. Thank you for sharing your success story. Wish you luck with your continuing success. Report
Congrats on a job well done. I also like your additive for the greek yogurt. I am not a yogurt fan ,it is something I don't like but I will try the crystal light. Thanks Report
Good Job, do it while you are young, believe me it gets really harder when you are older and not able to do what you would want because of health. GREAT JOB, KEEP IT UP AND GOOD LUCK! Report
What an awesome blog. You have not only been an inspiration, but have given me some ways to enhance my weight loss journey. Report
Reading blogs like this helps me to keep trying. I wish you and your family the best. Keep up the good works, young lady. Report
Awesome! So nice you have a buddy right there with you. Please share when you get into that size six! Report
Awesome Job! Congrats! Report
Go, Christy! So happy to see you maintaining that weight loss and love to read your comments on the At Goal and Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance team! Report
congrats! Report
AMAZING! Good for you. You must be so proud of yourself. You are a great example of what can be done. And what a blessing you will be for your son. I know too that having your husband join you had to be a huge help. And aren't you the lucky one that he does the cooking! Your mantra "6 not 26" is both simple and catchy. Report
Way cool, Christy. I love any form of fried potatoes, too. Hahaha!!! :-D I AM getting a handle on my munching and have actually cut back to 2 days a week (my goal is one day a week). I will workout without a problem, but my eating habits stall my success. I've gotten better over the past few months and it has gotten easier. Thanks for sharing your success story with us. Keep rocking!!! :-D Report
Good for you. Congratulations. You are a true inspiration to your family. You started a great deed for all! Best wishes! Report
Thank you for sharing your story. Report
You look great and what a wonderful thing to do for your son. Thanks for sharing and keep sparkin! Report
Thank You Christy For Sharing Your Story With Us. It Is Very Inspiring and Motivating for Us to Keep Pushing Forward. I Like That Idea of Putting Crystal Light In Greek Yogurt. :) Report
WooHoo WayToGo AWESOME ! Report
you did awesome keep up good work Report
Just an amazing accomplishment!!! Not only do you look great but you are a true inspiration for others. Congratulations!!! Report
You are one amazing gal! Such dedication to reach your goals. You are beautiful and should be very proud of your journey. Enjoy a beautiful life with your family!!! Report
You are just beautiful! Report
Great Job!
Keep up the good work! Report
Congratulations! Report
Congratulations I am impressed with your mantra has inspired me to use the same when tempted by the fridge Report
You look amazing! Thanks for the inspiration today:-) Report
Congratulations on your success! I'm also going to try the Greek yogurt tip. Report
Congrats! You look marvelous!!! Report
Huge congratulations to you and to your DH, Christy!
And thank you for sharing your journey - well inspiring! Report
Christy you look FABULOUS!! Two thumbs-up. I'm going to try the Greek Yogurt tips. Report
Congratulations (again) for creating a routine that works so beautifully for you and having the gumption to stick to it! Love the Greek yogurt tip - terrific protein source. Best of all, your family is involved and wishing you many extended years of health and joy...and the annual Thanksgiving Turkey Trot. Smile big when you cross the finish line this year! Report
Wow! You & your husband's hard work has truly paid off! Congrats!!! Thanks for sharing your journey. Report
Yea Christy! You look so fabulous! and you are deffinately an inspiration. Report
WOW - You look amazing!.....and what an inspiration you are! Report
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