New Mom Using Blog to Lose 100 Pounds*

By , SparkPeople Blogger
Stacy Woltmann is a 30-year-old "parental engineer" (aka stay-at-home mom) from Tampa, Fla. Before she got pregnant with her daughter, Amelia, she joined SparkPeople. Though she successfully lost 40 pounds, pregnancy and the (happy) stresses of new motherhood, led her to gain weight. Back in August, she decided to do something about her weight--then over 400 pounds. She has already lost almost 20 pounds, which is on track with her goal of two pounds a week for a year--for a weight loss of 100 pounds.

This time around, Stacy has added another tool to her weight-loss arsenal. In addition to logging on to SparkPeople (as STACYPIE79), she is blogging about her efforts, after being inspired by the movie "Julie and Julia." Her blog,, even landed her a segment on Good Morning America! (Watch the clip here.)

We asked Stacy to share her story with the dailySpark. Read on to find out how this mom is staying on track and holding herself accountable.

Have you always been overweight? I have been overweight most of my life.

Tell us about how and why you arrived at your starting weight? I started out as tall and petite, but once school started, I began to pack on the weight. The nutritional value of school lunch back then definitely left something to be desired, and it was so early in the day that it was more like a second breakfast. Of course, by the time I got home from school, I was starving and had to have a snack. My family was rich in love but lacked the financial resources to have a lot of healthier choices available. I carried those habits into my adult life and became defiant about losing weight. I didn’t feel that it was necessary to conform to society’s standards.

Why did you choose to blog about your experience? I felt that blogging would help be stay accountable. I was inspired to blog after seeing the movie "Julie and Julia." I have always loved writing, so it was a perfect fit.

Why did you decide to lose weight? I originally decided to lose weight before I got pregnant, and I lost 40 pounds with the help of SparkPeople.

How has helped you? There are so many great resources on the site--and so many encouraging and motivating people. One person on the site by the name of BOTZZZ has especially inspired me by his weight loss. [Editor's note: BOTZZZ has lost more than 200 pounds with SparkPeople; his story is amazing. Check it out.]

What is your favorite feature on the site? I love the Nutrition Tracker.

To whom do you turn for support along your weight-loss journey? I have a huge support system. I am so fortunate to have such an amazing husband, and my mom is super supportive.

What is the most rewarding aspect of sharing your story online? I feel so blessed to have so many people cheering me on. I also hope to inspire others to lead a healthy lifestyle.

Are there any drawbacks to blogging about your weight loss? The only drawback I can think of is the time factor.

Compare your current diet to your former one. What is a typical day like in terms of food? When my daughter was first born, it was hectic and crazy at my house. We ate a lot of fast food, because my entire day was consumed with trying to feed my daughter. It was such a struggle to breast feed, and because I had my heart set on it, I was devastated when I had so much trouble. I supplemented with formula, and tried to pump, but I felt like such a failure. I am sure that my emotional state was no help. I just wasn’t focused on myself at all.

What is your biggest temptation? The drive thru…It is such a hassle to drag the baby in and out of the car, and I try hard to resist the temptation of the drive thru. It is fast, hot, cheap, and there is no messy cleanup…a mother’s dream. With the exception, of course, of the fat it leaves lying around your mid section.

How do you indulge yourself these days? I love apple slices with peanut butter and low-fat, low-calorie ice cream. Ice cream is my weakness!

How important is goal setting in your plan? It is so important for me to set realistic weekly goals (two pounds a week) so that I can keep myself accountable and gauge my progress.

Do you set small goals each week or month? Yes, I try and hit two pounds a week…sometimes I don’t make it, but I feel like that is a realistic goal.

What role does exercise play in your weight-loss plan? What can you do now that you couldn't do before you started to lose weight? I am working with a personal trainer 2 days a week, and I walk/run on most of the other days. I ran and walked my first 5K on Oct. 31. I can run now! I was not able to even think about running before, but it turns out I love it. I can't run for very long yet, but I see plenty of marathons in my future!

How much time do you spend blogging about your weight loss each day? It takes me anywhere from 15 minutes to half an hour to produce a blog post depending on my mood. I haven't been blogging every single day, but my blog posts are getting more steady now that I am in the groove.

What advice do you have for others who are considering losing weight and getting healthy? Take it one day at a time. Nobody is perfect, and bad habits are hard to break. If you have an off day, don't give up all together. Tomorrow is another day, and we are allowed do-overs. As far as exercise, I recommend getting a buddy. It helps so much both in the areas of accountability and morale. I don't know where I would be without the support of my buddy (my husband).

Is there anything else you'd like to share with our readers? I would like to end with a quote by Vince Lombardi: "We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible."

Best of luck to Stacy on her weight-loss journey. Do you have any tips or questions for her?

*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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MUSTANGMOM6 5/10/2018
Great job Report
Awesome story Report
SHELLLEY2 4/12/2018
What an inspiring story! Thank you for sharing :) Report
MUSICNUT 2/9/2018
Thanks for a great article! :) Report
You are an inspiration Stacy! Report
TCANNO 1/17/2018
you did well Report
I really wish you still had your blog up and running. I understand though why you shut it down. People can be so rude, crass, and just plain nasty. I'm sorry people treated you like that, its shamefull. Well i hope you are still on your weightloss goals and it was encouraging to read some of your past blog posts regardless. Godbless you and the family Report
wow keep it up you´ve really inspired me!!! am running tonight!!! Report
wow keep it up you´ve really inspired me!!! am running tonight!!! Report
Congratulations, really inspires Report
very inspirational. good luck on your journey and i will definitely be checking out the blog! thanks for the inspiration Report
Good Luck Report
Way to go! Keep up the Great Work! Report
I just read your story. Very inspiring. I have just started my journey with SP. tws:) Report
Very good article! I will forward to my sister who is also a "parental engineer". She has two todlers at home and has recently started using Spark People! Report
Very motivating story. When you have little ones, it's hard to find the time to exercise. Good luck in your journey. Report
"When my daughter was first born, it was hectic and crazy at my house. We ate a lot of fast food, because my entire day was consumed with trying to feed my daughter. It was such a struggle to breast feed, and because I had my heart set on it, I was devastated when I had so much trouble. I supplemented with formula, and tried to pump, but I felt like such a failure. I am sure that my emotional state was no help. I just wasn’t focused on myself at all."
Stacy: I so relate to this! My baby is 4 months old and I went through a similar experience as you. While the breastfeeding has gotten a little easier, it's still tough to find time in the day to eat something, let alone prepare a meal. It's basically whatever is available that I can shove into my mouth. :)
Congratulations on your baby and your blog! You can SO do this! I'll be cheering you on. Report
thank you for sharing your story. You are certainly an inspiration
Stacy, wish you the very best! Keep rocking! =) Report
Hi Alisha - you've come to the right place! Since you're new to SP, go into your settings and make it so people can contact you through the posts you make - I know there are loads of people who will become buddies with you - I would, too! My advice is explore the site, use the nutrition tracker, read lots of articles like this one from Stacy, start slow and add some exercise, and Never, Never give up. Leslie Sansone's dvd's can be done at home while your little one watches or naps, and the low impact aerobics makes me feel great afterward. Also - you can contact Stacy or anyone on the posts by clicking on their username and saying hey. Join some groups for young moms as well, (or your other interest areas and introduce yourself there). You'll love SP and the folks here are great and motivating.
Stacy - wow - way to go to make your life what you want it to be for you and your adorable little girl!! Report
Hello stacy after reading your story it makes me think of myself, but im only 21 with a son now who's 10 months i have always been over weight, not alot when i was younger but now after having my son i have just lost it, gained over 100lbs since, my husband is there for me but i know its not what i want or he wants, im struggling trying to lose it, but like you said the drive-thru is just so easy, no clean-up ans fast, i dont know where to turn for help so i decided to start lookin for something on the computer, any suggestions? Alisha Report
I know having a little one to take care of and waking you up thru the night leaves you exhausted the next day. I just want to say Good for you for sticking to it. Report
Thanks for sharing. I know you will do it! When that baby starts toddling you will get a lot more unplanned exercise!! HEHE! Report
Great work! Good luck in your journey. Report
Great Blog Thanks for sharing your story and best wishes as you continue on your journey one day at a time with dedication and determination you will succeed Report
You go girl! Report
Good Luck, Stacy! You are definitely an inspiration. I am almost 50 and still battling the weight issues I had when I was do it now, you CAN do it! Also, because of time and expense, one thing I do is eat the same thing for breakfast and makes it easy to prepare my day...and then I try new things for my dinner. I need to lose 100 pounds like you, so keep me informed. Report
go amskinnyjeans!! you'll be there before you know it. i think i'm gonna go right along with you.

here's to the two us and the rest of the spkppl community! cheers!
~shauntay Report
Thank you for the courage to be open and share your story with us. Not a lot of people would do that. Report
You go can do this for that sweet little baby...she is soooo cute!!! Really though you can do this for yourself!!! Report
Thanks so much for your blog. It is people like you like who add inspiration for other's weight loss journey. Report
and KAYSUSIESS ... this is NOT the proper place to brag about a millionaire boyfriend! Report
Don't forget to exercise!!! That's my best advice cuz if you lose all that weight, your skin will get "baggy" if you don't tone all along the way. For me ... if I don't get regular exercise, I gain weight no matter how good I eat. Report
What a great story and inspiration! Thanks for sharing! Report
Congrats on your weight loss Report
Good luck to you !! Report
Good luck! You can do it!! Report
I'm here on the east coast of Florida, if you need some one to talk to!
Good Luck and God Bless you and your family!
:) Report
You are young, you realize what you have to do and this will carry you through and help your child as well.

Wonderful! Keep at it. Report
You are doing something special for yourself and your baby! Keep up the great work! Report
Thank you so much for sharing your story you truely are an insperation! Report
you go girl i am proud of you and am with you every step of the way. hard but doable. Report
Thank you Stacy! Your story is so inspiring! Best wishes to you on your "journey"! :) Report
You have started the journey of your life! And what good timing! These first years of your baby's life, you will be her role model and what a good one you will be!!! Report
Thank you so much for sharing, Stacy. You're an inspiration to us all. Report
like your enginneer title and your advice about weight loss. Good luck i am in the struggle with you. Will looke forward to your blogs. Report
I am a newbie, I also have a lot of weight to lose. Congratulations & good luck with your efforts. Think posative, you can do it. Every day is a new start!!
God Bless you!! Report
Best wishes Stacy. Lots of love, hugs! Keep Sparking! Report
You are an inspiration to us all! Thank you for being so open! Report
Thanks for sharing Stacy you are a real inspiration! Report
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