Weight Loss Wednesdays – Maria

meet Maria, the latest Run, Eat, Repeat reader to share her Weight Loss victory story…

Maria Before:
MY latest VIDEOS

Maraton Eğitim Günü 4.
Marathon training diary Day 4 check in

Daha fazla video

0 seconds of 1 minute, 21 seconds

Maraton Eğitim Günü 3.


Pounds lost: I lost 80lbs how long did it take: It took me roughly 2 years Location: I was born in St Louis, Missouri, moved around the country and (sadly) ended up back in St Louis!! Occupation: mommy FIRST, but I am currently holding many positions: child care center Nutrition Program Assistant, healthy Living blogger and Freelance Writer

Maria After:

What was the motivating factor that got you started on your weight loss journey? Was it one thing or a series of events? I had “planned” on losing weight for a long time. I was never truly obese, but always carried more weight than my 5 foot 4 inch frame should have. On February 7, 2001 everything changed because I gave birth to my first daughter. I knew the minute she was born that I had to make a total life change because I didn’t want her to go through the same struggles throughout her life as I had in mine.

What do you think was the one most important change you made? how did it help? Can you keep this up for life? I made two very important life changes. first I became a vegetarian. I noticed a change in how I felt almost immediately. I felt more awake, more energetic, not so sleepy and not so sluggish. I began to slowly notice a change in my body over time too because as a vegetarian your choices are more healthy to begin with (vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts, etc) obviously you can still find indulgent and unhealthy vegetarian options, but your main staples consist of healthier options. I stopped eating at fast food places because there wasn’t anything I could eat as a vegetarian. I began to notice that even restaurant salads came with meat on them. My overall perception of food changed when I made the switch. I liked how it made me feel. then I began to exercise by walking at first then slowly moving into running and lifting weights and I knew my life was changed for the better!! The weight began to fall off and over the course of the two years I continued to make one healthy choice after another and pretty soon I didn’t have to think about them anymore. The healthy choices were all I even considered. I know that I can keep this up for the rest of my life because I have to. I am the female role model my (now 2) daughters look at and I want to be a healthy role model. I don’t want to seem obsessed so I walk a fine line, but they know that healthy choices are important and why. They know it’s not about vanity for me that it is all about being healthy and the best “me” I can be.

How did you change your eating habits? becoming a vegetarian is the biggest change I made, but I am from a very southern family and everything (even the vegetables) are fried or covered in gravy or cooked in butter. I began making smaller changes in that area as well. I would bring my own food to family functions or offer to bring a large vegetarian option as a side dish for everyone that would count as a meal for me. slowly my family and my husband’s family realized that this wasn’t a phase or some crazy diet and they got on board. I still bring my own food to functions, but there is always something there for me to eat that someone else has made and I feel good knowing that I’ve rubbed off (even if just a little) on my family in a healthy way.

How did you change your exercise habits? I was a couch potato!! I started out slow, walking the block or the high school track and then I would walk further distances. eventually I started jogging to the stop sign and then I would jog around the corner and so on. I ended up getting a job at a local health club working the spa desk and a free gym membership came as a perk. I would go into work early so that I could work out and then shower before clocking in. It was a great perk even if the pay was terrible!!

How do you plan to maintain these healthy habits? I sign up for races here and there with my husband. My daughter (9 years old) are running our first 10k in April to raise money for the ASPCA and I’m currently training to run my first half marathon. I no longer work at the health club so exercising in the winter becomes more challenging, but I have great work out DVD’s like 30 Day Shred, crunch Pilates and yoga that I can do early in the morning in my pajama’s before my family even wakes up. I will be happy when the cold is gone and the sun is shinning again because I do miss running outside with my ipod and my thoughts!

Do you have any tips for RER readers who want to lose weight? Ağırdan almak. crash diets and pills and all these crazy things I see advertised aren’t going to help you in the long run. Make an appointment with yourself to do at least 30 minutes of some form of exercise 5 days a week. If I write it down in my planner then I’ve got that appointment scheduled and I cannot cancel on myself!! If I don’t value my time and my health then why should anyone else. As far as diet goes agree to make one healthy choice everyday for 6 days and reward yourself with one treat at the end of the week. then the next week agree to make two healthy choices and so on. eventually you won’t have to even think about making the healthy choice. You will want to make the healthy choice so as not to interfere with all your hard work!


Congratulations Maria and thanks for sharing your story with us!

You can find Maria online at real fit Mama.

If you have a weight loss success story you’d like to share please email me at runeatrepeat@gmail.com.

Bana çalışma kitabını gönder


Paylaşmak önemsemektir!



Toplu iğne




keep going with these:

how to stop a bad habit Hack – 126

how to stop a bad habit Hack – 126

trick to stop over eating, binge eating or another bad habit. the best Intuitive eating tip to help you ditch the diet a

Weight Loss, Watermelon and weekend Updates with Diego

Weight Loss, Watermelon and weekend Updates with Diego

how to love yourself while you improve yourself. Body positivity while losing weight or going after a goal. tips on how

Running is the best way to lose Weight BUT…

Running is the best way to lose Weight BUT…

how to lose weight running and enjoy the journey. tips for losing weight with running. how to enjoy running and feel goo

how to start Running with the Run / walk Strategy

how to start Running with the Run / walk Strategy

how to start running plan with run walk intervals. new runners and returning runners run/walk time chart to make it easy

easy breakfast Baked Potato Recipe

easy breakfast Baked Potato Recipe

easy breakfast Baked Potato recipe Potatoes are a delicious, nutrient-dense vegetable and a great option to fuel your wo

transformation Tuesday-Reminder before you compare

transformation Tuesday-Reminder before you compare

Reminder: My transformation took years. remember that before you compare yourself to me or anyone else. I started runnin

⚡ Shareaholic tarafından


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *