Success Story: 'It Was Worth It to Spend Time on ME'*

By , SparkPeople Blogger
Meet Diane Wilson, a member (username WILSOD1) who lost 75 pounds! Here, Diane shares what has worked for her in her journey so far--and how she plans to lose the baby weight from her recent pregnancy.
What is your age? 28
How long have you been a SparkPeople member? How did you find SparkPeople? I joined SparkPeople in November of 2009. I had started trying to lose weight, but no matter what I did, it didn't work--I was always hungry!  My friend suggested I check out, and I fell in love with the site.  I had found a "pot of gold" to the rainbow of my life! I now had the tools to help me with my weight-loss journey.
What is your favorite feature on SparkPeople? My favorite feature is the Nutrition Tracker. It allows me to see exactly what I'm eating and how much I'm eating.  I've learned that carbohydrates are in everything, and that I don't need to eat bread/pasta/rice to get enough carbohydrates in my diet.  I also learned I was eating way too much sodium.  No wonder I couldn't lose weight; too many carbs paired with too much sodium equaled me carrying extra water weight and being hungry (eating carbs, but not fiber-filled carbs).
How much weight have you lost? I have lost 75 pounds.
How long did it take to lose the weight? My weight loss took about a year of very focused effort.  Shortly after joining SparkPeople, I got pregnant with my first child and gained far beyond the amount of weight I needed to for a healthy pregnancy. Three months after my child was born, I decided to get back on track with SparkPeople to lose the weight.
What was your light bulb moment that made you decide to lose weight? I decided to lose weight to feel better, and to look better for my wedding.
What was your biggest obstacle while trying to lose weight? I would have to say learning how to say no to bread, pasta and rice.  I tried to only eat small amounts of them, but I quickly learned that once I started eating these foods, I couldn't stop! Surprisingly, limiting cereal, soda, cookies and ice cream was not a problem.
What does your weekly exercise schedule look like? I walk almost every day and play on the floor with my children. I also make a point to make the bed every morning, scrub the dishes by hand, wash the floors on hands and knees, and go up and down the stairs at least three times every day.  When I find time to put in a yoga DVD or another exercise DVD, I will, but that is maybe once every week or two.  I also stretch daily to relax and keep my muscles loose.
What is your favorite way to exercise? I love to play with my children.  I chase them on hands and knees and pick them up to play airplane (keeping the abs tight for extra core work!).  We play follow the leader.  We run outside.  We climb the stairs together on rainy days and days that are too hot or too cold to be outside.  I take my two girls on a walk using the double stroller and go up and down hills in town.  When I need more of a challenge, I add more weight to the stroller and try to climb the hill in less time—and then I look for steeper hills to climb!
Do you have any personal fitness goals coming up? Since I just had my second child on August 14, 2012, and need to lose more baby weight, my goals are as follows:
1. Re-master the hill next to our home with both girls in the stroller
2. Start looking at the foods I'm eating to get a feel for how much I'm eating
3. In a few weeks, start to cut back on refined carbohydrates and increase stroller time with the girls
4. Continue to drink 1.5-2 gallons of water daily, continue to breastfeed, continue to do all of my normal tasks at home
What does a typical day of food look like for you? How does this compare to the way you ate before your transformation?

Breakfast: 1 cup Cheerios with dried fruit and 2 cups soy milk  OR
2 servings Malt-O-Meal hot cereal with dried fruit and 1 cup soy milk OR
1 oatmeal packet with 2 cups soy milk and dried fruit

Lunch/Dinner: Lean meat and veggie stir-fry with fresh fruit on the side, 2 cups soy milk.

My lunches and dinners are generally made up of the same ingredients, but I mix it up by adding different herbs/spices/flavorings. (Be sure to watch sodium in your seasonings--some are more than half salt!) 

I will also sometimes make chili, ham and pea soup, tacos and, even more rarely, spaghetti or pizza.  I let myself enjoy these meals because my motto is: ''Everything in moderation, including moderation."
What is your favorite healthy food? Fresh peaches and fresh cherries.  I love to eat them as soon as I bring them home from the store!
What is your favorite treat food? Real ice cream and my homemade monster cookies.
Who is your biggest inspiration? I've always been the ''fat kid,'' and as the fat kid grew up, the fat kid became a fat adult.  Loads of people, including my mother and siblings, told me that I would always be fat and that no one would ever want to be with me because I was fat.  It wasn't until my second year of college, when I finally had some space from my negative family, that I started to make friends who were much more positive about body image. These friends helped encourage me to change my body image views for the better. They helped me to see that it was worth it to spend time on me.  I thank my college friends every time I slip into a smaller size.  I fit into a medium shirt and size 12 pants!  I've never been a medium in my life until now!
Do you have a personal mantra/saying/quote that you live by that you’d like to share? Everything in moderation, including moderation.  To me, this means it's alright to splurge and go all out on a particular food/meal every once in a while. Just start back up again with your healthy habits when you're done with that meal.

Congratulations, Diane! What tips from Diane can you use in your own weight-loss journey?

*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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she showed that you can eat just about any foods and still lose so you are not binging on something because you couldn't resist it Report
Excellent job and very inspiring. Report
Excellent job and very inspiring. Report
Thanks for sharing. This is very encouraging Report
Thanks, Diane for a wonderful story! You look great!
I was particularly interested in the way you decided to change your eating habits. The goals of eating less breads, rice and pastas hit home.
I do okay with limiting breads, but rice and pastas are my downfall.
I also didn't realize how carbs were in everything as you said.
Good information to know! Report
Thanks for sharing, your story is very encouraging! Report
You are one strong mom! I can use the tips about carbs being in everything (I think this is something I didn't realize until I started counting calories on SP), limiting breads and pastas (limiting pastas is my next goal), and the need to reduce sodium (also my next goal. I have noticed how much sodium is in everything). I feel like if you can do it and you have had kids, then what excuses do I have? None! I will do it, for myself. Report
Thank you for sharing your story. It gives me encouragement to continue my journey to get to my healthy weight. Today I learned that my blood sugar went from 6.3 to 5.6 in three months and I lost six pounds since my last pcp ov. So I am on the right track now. Report
Thank you for sharing your story. It gives me encouragement to continue my journey to get to my healthy weight. Today I learned that my blood sugar went from 6.3 to 5.6 in three months and I lost six pounds since my last pcp ov. So I am on the right track now. Report
I love your story. Congratulations on taking care of you. Report
What a great story! Thanks! Anni Report
Thank you for sharing your story! You look great and you have such a great attitude! Happy New Year! Report
Congratulations! I just registered on SparkPeople today and your story has really inspired me. So "thank you" very much and I wish you continued success. Report
Congratulations! Sounds like you are well on your way to meeting your new goal of losing. Report
Great job! I like what you said about taking time for yourself. I am guilty of always putting myself last and that is going to change! Report
Way to go! Report
I love, love this success story! And your mantra "Everything in moderation, including moderation" is just so right on. Love it! Report
That is an inspirational story, especially for me, since I have as much weight to lose (and a little more). I love the motto; it's one I've been saying for years. I just haven't been living it until now. Report
You do look fabulous, and it's great that you're running around with your little ones! I hope you're able to keep the Debbie and Dan Downers from tripping you up; and I hope they're being more supportive than they were when you still at home.

Way to go, and keep it up! Report
Congratulations on your weight loss! I am glad you were able to meet your goals and prove to every one in your life who was negative that you could do it. Report
Great story Diane. It has really inspired me. Keep up the good work!!! Report
Diane, what a great attitude and what great habits you have developed. I like that you include so many daily chores-done by hand or on hands and knees.
Enjoy your children and life.
Good Job, Diane. I like the way you have created opportunities to work out while spending time with your children and doing things around the house. That is really inspirational for people who are intimidated about going to the gym. Report
Way to go Diane! I like the personal mantra "Everything in moderation, including moderation," I'm going to start using it :) Report
Awesome work - be proud of yourself! You are inspiring others. Report
A delightful success story! Thank you for sharing! Report
You look awesome! Love "everything in moderation, including moderation." It is hard to have hope for yourself when others make you feel like being overweight is all you'll ever be. Thanks for inspiring this lifelong fat girl, that I can indeed drop the pounds and live a healthier life! : ) Report
Congrats Diane on your successful weight loss and the lifestyle changes you made. It's great that you are physical, playing with your girls, and as they get older you are setting a great example for them. Continued success to you! Mary Report
Way to go!! Congratulations on your weight loss and your continued motivation to keep going. Your story was very inspiring. I think you hit the nail on the head when you said "Just start back up again with your healthy habits when you're done with that meal." This is something I struggle with all the time. I have a tendency to make excuses when I blow my diet, and I always say "ok, I better get it out of my system today so I can start tomorrow". Then I end up making terrible choices for the day only to start over the next day with another bad choice. :-) Thank you for helping me see I can forgive myself and continue on the right path without having to wait another day. Instead of one day at a time, I need to take it one meal at a time.
Congratulations...You did what you want :) thanks for motivation. Report
Rock on Diane! Way to go!!! Report
Congratulations on the munchkin!You are a women with a plan! I am sending you the healthiest wishes to tackle that hill ASAP!! Report
Kudos on all of your success! I love that you have been able to implement SparkPeople into your life so well.

Keep up the great work!
Celsa Report
Thank you for sharing your story. Every busy mom should read this. It is possible to take care of yourself AND your family. You are a great role model for your girls! Report
Great motivational story for me. Report
Thanks for sharing your story. Very inspirational. Congratulations on your success. I like the way you incorporate your exercises into your housework and especially in playing with your girls. Keep up the good work. Report
Fantastic job. God bless. Report
Diane, you can be so proud of yourself! Thanks for sharing your story. Report
What a great blog! You have used your daily routine as a workout. I love that. Being active is the best way to get fit. It is too easy to be almost totally inactive these days.
Also your motto is a good one too. Having a treat every week can undo a week's work, but having one now and then prevents cravings.
Good job! Report
Great job, Diane. What a wonderful story...congrats on your children...cherish them, they grow up so fast!!! Report
GOOD FOR YOU!!! You have proven that "you are worth it" and now will know to instill that attitude in your girls. Report
Great job! Thanks for the inspiration! Report
Congratulations, Thank you for sharing you are an inspiration! Report
Great job and thanks for sharing your story! Report
awesome, you are inspirational, thank you for sharing! Report
Love your story! Congratulation on your success. Report
That's awesome! Thanks for sharing. Report
That's brilliant Diane!! keep listening to those college friends. As they say - you can choose your friends, but not your family!! Report
Most children learn the word "ME" at the age of three. I had to learn it at the age of 42. Way to go on your weight loss journey and taking some time for yourself! Self isn't always selfish. That's always good to know. Report
Congratulations!! Report
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