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How 50 Busy Moms Lost Weight – Before and After Transformations

“I knew I had to lose this weight for my children, they are my inspiration and the reason I have kept going. I want to be able to watch them grow up and be there for them throughout their life, being obese to the extent I was, was really jeopardizing that. I also never want to enter another pregnancy from being obese. I’ve had some extremely low lows, I’ve felt suicidal and got in some deep stages of anxiety and depression so I couldn’t allow this to continue when I have two mini I’s watching.” (Read more about George’s Weight Loss Journey)

“I was sick and tired of being the mom that sat on the sidelines. I could easily spend the whole day just sitting on the couch. I didn’t want to run around with my kid or go swimming. That made me sad to think I was missing out on so much because my weight was holding me back.” (Read more about Paula’s Weight Loss Journey)

 

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“I am a stay-at-home mother of two – I love to cook, craft, and exercise! I was always a big fan of cooking, but not much of a fan of working out. After my first child, I was pretty much the standard yo-yo dieting mom, I fell for all the gimmicks. Bought all the false promises and restricted food, seeing it as the only thing keeping me overweight. I remember seeing the whole grains on my plate, cooking all the homemade meals, and packing the “well-balanced lunches” but I never felt healthy or confident with my body. After my second child was born, I realized my weight gain excuses were tied directly to being pregnant. It was a year and a half after my son was born when I was determined to change and saw my cousin’s success in the ketogenic diet. I found the Instagram keto community and snuggled myself into the positive environment similar dieters had created.” (Read more about Cassie’s Weight Loss Journey)

“My kids were my biggest motivation, and I wanted to teach them that no matter what you were going through to never give up. I would get them involved in my workouts especially during the lockdowns and seeing them excited was the big push I needed.”(Read more about Janet’s Weight Loss Journey)

“This journey has completely changed my life. I no longer suffer from high blood pressure, extreme fatigue, joint pain, and was finally able to give birth to my second child. I can now keep up with my boys and teach them healthy habits.” (Read more about Michelle’s Weight Loss Journey)

 

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“I first noticed progress when I tried on my favorite pair of jeans that I had been wearing after my daughter was born. I just wanted to see if they still fit and after putting them on, I had so much space! After that moment, I was more encouraged to lose weight and make it to my weight goal.” (Read more about Antonette’s Weight Loss Journey)

 

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“I got married young and had my 3 daughters back to back. I don’t ever remember weighing myself back then. At the Doctor’s appointment, I was around 240 pounds with all 3 girls. After my last daughter was born in 2010, life was a blur. 3 babies under 4, a husband, 2 dogs and I just opened a daycare. I remember being tired all the time, never feeling good, and just always reaching for the quick and easy. Triple teas and honey donuts were my go-to. I never left the grocery store without a chocolate bar. I always remember saying, “after my last child- I would lose the weight.”  Well…it was time.” (Read more about Stephanie’s Weight Loss Journey)

“Being a single mother of 2 kids and working full time while going to school for my bachelor’s in human nutrition, finding time for myself seemed difficult. I wanted to be able to walk, run, and play with my kids without feeling like I was winded and going to pass out every time.” (Read more about Samm’s Weight Loss Journey)

“I was a new mom, my husband travels for work which means I am solo parenting most of the time, I work full-time, not to mention COVID and the challenges that arose from quarantine. When things got hard and felt like too much, I had to talk with myself.  Will eating bad quality food and skipping workouts make life any easier? Definitely not. But will eating great fuel for my body and working out helps me to feel my best and tackle the challenges I am facing? Absolutely.” (Read more about Brittani’s Weight Loss Journey)

“I wanted to be the cool mom at the park that would run around with her or just be able to keep up with her. Something I couldn’t do at that time at 284 pounds. I didn’t want to take pictures with her, let alone go out with her with the feeling of embarrassment.” (Read more about Gissel’s Weight Loss Journey)

“My son, my boyfriend, and God have been my source of strength during my journey. My son is the most important part. I need him to grow up knowing that being active and eating healthy is important and can be fun!” (Read more about Keishy’s Weight Loss Journey)

“Right after birth, I began regaining all my weight back. I was back up to 300lbs within a year. I was working, I was always tired. Fast forward to birthing my third child, I told myself this is it! I have three little humans to look after that need the best version of their mommy. When Viviane turned 2 months my journey began. I have not looked back and have used my vertical sleeve gastrectomy as a tool.” (Read more about Sandy’s Weight Loss Journey)

“I am a single mother who has worked 2-3 jobs for the past 6 years, own my house, and take care of my child and home by myself. I do not “have” the time either, but I make the time.  You MAKE time for what is important to you.  Even if you have to open your calendar app and schedule your workouts, do it, and make it non-negotiable.” (Read more about Ashley’s Weight Loss Journey)

“I stay very active by simply being a mother of 2 and I enjoy the times where I can unwind and practice yoga.” (Read more about Ashley’s Weight Loss Journey)

“In 2016 I figured out that I was expecting my daughter (with many years of being told that I would be unable to conceive due to PCOS and being overweight). I was elated! Through the pregnancy, I tried my best to not gain but did end up gaining 70 more lbs and 10 more after she was here. At this point, I was 5’0 ft tall carrying 250 lbs on my small frame! Excruciating is an understatement. I couldn’t get in and out of the floor with her without being in pain and I knew I needed a change. I needed to get my life together and my body healthy so that I could share the best life possible with her.” (Read more about Kelsie’s Weight Loss)

“My name is Ashley. I am a 31-year-old mother of 2 boys. I am from DC, living in MI. I started my weight loss journey in early 2018. I decided it was time to lose weight after struggling with depression and anxiety. I also began to feel inadequate as a mother since I was not able to truly enjoy my time with them, especially being morbidly obese.” (Read more about Ashley’s Weight Loss)

“But I was suddenly scared of what my future held if I kept treating my body the way I was. I wanted to be an active, healthy mom and wife for my family. I wanted to meet my great-grandkids one day. I wanted to not live under the weight of food addiction and binge eating anymore. I really did not have much faith in myself, but I knew I needed to try one more time, and for real.” (Read more about Erin’s Weight Loss)

“I was an overwhelmed mom who ate food out of convenience and didn’t think about what I was putting into my body. After our 3rd child, I was admitted to the hospital with postpartum preeclampsia, I had a near-death experience and that was a wake-up call for me.” (Read more about Allison’s Weight Loss)

“Having two kids under two years old was very challenging already but I made myself a priority because if I wasn’t in good health I can’t be there 100% for my kids.” (Read more about Danielle’s Weight Loss)

“My biggest motivation was I wanted to be a mom that could do things with her kids and not get winded or just watch from the sidelines. I also wanted to gain self-confidence. I had struggled hard with postpartum depression after the birth of my son and I wanted to do something that was for me.” (Read more about Libby’s Weight Loss)

I hit my goal weight after 7 months! Then, I got pregnant with my third baby! My pregnancy and delivery were so smooth and I fully attribute that to being at a healthier weight.  After our third daughter, my husband joined WW with me and our lives have been completely changed. We are now healthy examples for our girls and live a much more active life! (Read more about Emily’s Weight Loss)

“After having my 2nd son, I decided I would start at the beginning of 2017 to lose weight. However, I let “obstacles” become my excuses for why I kept falling off the wagon. Every week was a “new week to start” for the first 6 months of the year and it wasn’t until June of 2017 that I got the wake-up call I needed. With my eldest son’s weight becoming a concern with his pediatrician, I saw the cycle repeating itself all over again (he was in the 96th percentile for his weight at almost 2 years old). It was then, I knew I had to change if I wanted my boys to pick up healthier habits so they wouldn’t have to endure what I did growing up overweight.” (Read more about Vicki’s Weight Loss)

“I am a mom of four beautiful kids, once my twin boys started moving I was at my very heaviest of 293 lbs (on a 5’2 body) and I knew I was in trouble and needed to make a change. I wanted to be the mom who could run and jump and play with her kids. I wanted to be able to go to the beach and not have to hide, to be able to roll down the hill, ride the bikes, play tag. (I am extremely good at hiding and go seek now).” (Read more about Steph’s Weight Loss)

“I was so sick of the yo-yo dieting, and not having the energy to keep up with my kids. I one day woke up and said enough is enough and joined that day. I didn’t set a timeline for once, or put unrealistic expectations on myself, I just knew I had to change slowly and for the better. My biggest why would of course be my kids, but also just to be the best version of myself. To be able to say yes to taking a walk to the playground or not being scared I wouldn’t fit on a ride with them. I wanted to get my health in check.” (Read more about Ashley’s Weight Loss)

“I’m 32 years old and I have an 8yr old daughter who is the definition of why I need extra energy each day! I’m a full-time dental assistant and I LOVE what I do.  I started eating low carb about three years ago when my little sister got married. We went dress shopping and I was a size 20 when they measured me I couldn’t believe it.” (Read more about Courtney’s Weight Loss)

“Since I am a mom and have young children I don’t always have extra time to do long workouts, but I made it a goal to get in at least 30 minutes of cardio 6 to 7 days a week and if I had extra time I would do more. I also made sure to implement the strength training workouts 2 to 3 days a week.” (Read more about Shawna’s Weight Loss)

“All of a sudden, I was a full time working mom trying to balance life as an employee dealing with work stress plus acting as an interim preschool teacher, full-time chef, maid, and more. I knew the best thing I could do for everyone, and mainly my own mental health, was get my physical well being in order!” (Read more about Jessica’s Weight Loss)

“I wanted to be able to do and live my life again. I wanted to spend more active time with our kids and truly embrace a healthier lifestyle.” (Read more about LaToya’s Weight Loss)

“After 6 years and 2 kids later I was a horrifying 310 lbs. I couldn’t keep up with my boys, I was exhausted 90% of the time, I dreaded leaving the house, and I wasn’t happy. When I found out the hospital I was employed at offered weight loss surgery and our insurance covered 100% of it, I knew this was the best choice for me.” (Read more about Kendal’s Weight Loss)

“After the baby girl was born, I had enough! I was done with the up and down cycle of weight gain and loss. I was done with feeling like shit every morning. I was done with being an unhealthy example. I was done with the self-hate. I wanted a realistic lifestyle change and I wanted a major mental health change. I was introduced to Bright Line Eating and after losing 50 lbs I started weight lifting 4-5 times a week. I’ve lost 83 lbs so far and I’m in the best place mentally! I’m so grateful I started my journey.” (Read more about Madisyn’s Weight Loss)

“I am a mom of four beautiful kids, once my twin boys started moving I was at my very heaviest of 293 lbs (on a 5’2 body) and I knew I was in trouble and needed to make a change. I wanted to be the mom who could run and jump and play with her kids. I wanted to be able to go to the beach and not have to hide, to be able to roll down the hill, ride the bikes, play tag. (I am extremely good at hiding and go seek now).” (Read more about Bethany’s Weight Loss)

 

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“As a mom, I want to be a role model for living a healthy lifestyle and these are all things that are helping me to live this out.  This year my word is intentional as I want to be intentional about the foods that I eat, intentional about moving my body, and intentional about living a healthy lifestyle.” (Read more about Kara’s Weight Loss)

“Some extended family was visiting from Washington, and they signed us all up for a 5k race. I walked the entire time, pushing my son in his stroller, and I was exhausted at the end of it. I was sweaty, I was uncomfortable, I was beaten. I remember feeling so out of sorts, and having a moment of “what has my life come to?” I couldn’t push my son’s stroller for 3 miles… and I felt like I was failing him as a mother. I never wanted to be a mother who was unable to do things with her kids and this was the turning point for me.” (Read more about Caitie’s Weight Loss)

“I was sick and tired of being the mom that sat on the sidelines. I could easily spend the whole day just sitting on the couch. I didn’t want to run around with my kid or go swimming. That made me sad to think I was missing out on so much because my weight was holding me back.” (Read more about Paula’s Weight Loss)

“Having an almost 12-year-old son keeps me motivated.  I can’t tell you how many times he has told his dad & I that he’s proud of us.  There wasn’t really a hard time for me but I think that is because I never struggled with food like others have and I’m so grateful for that.” (Read more about Jamie’s Weight Loss)

“After loving and giving my whole self and all my energy to the wrong people for so long, I decided it was MY time. I needed to invest in myself, to show the world and my children that I could do better, that I could be better, that I deserved better.” (Read more about Rikki’s Weight Loss)

“I had my son in January 2019 weighing in at 310 pounds the day I went into labor. I started back on the path of healthy living in February 2019. I have since lost 61 pounds.” (Read more about Ree’s Weight Loss)

“When I am having those moments, I try to think back to “my why”-my desire to be a healthier mom for my family, to continue to feel confident and proud of my hard work, to model healthy habits for my children, etc. By centering myself in this way, I find that it may be a little easier to make those healthier choices. In these moments, I also try to remind myself that consistency is what has gotten me this far!” (Read more about Kaitlyn’s Weight Loss)

“I was now a mom and the unhealthiest I’ve ever been (physically, mentally, and emotionally) and I knew my daughter deserved/deserves a happy and healthy mama. She motivates me to be the best version possible of myself, daily.” (Read more about Shianne’s Weight Loss)

“I had tried many times before to lose weight but had obviously been unsuccessful. The turning point for me was one day I was playing with my daughter who was 4 or 5 at the time, and the look of disappointment on her face when I couldn’t keep up with her and needed to stop. The look on her face was burned into my memory and was what I referenced every time I didn’t want to follow my meal plan or go to the gym.” (Read more about Brittney’s Weight Loss)

“My original motivation was a family trip. My “why” then changed to being my kids/family and wanting to be in their lives as long as possible in a state of “yes”. Currently, I have two things that keep me going: a) being here for the long haul for my family with a healthy quality of life and b) commitment to myself.” (Read more about Victoria’s Weight Loss)

“I have a lot to think about in the upcoming days.  But for right now, I’m enjoying being almost 80lbs lighter and loving the energy I have to run around and play with my daughter. I’m so happy I decided to begin this journey regardless of what the outcome might be.” (Read more about Kate’s Weight Loss)

“While home on maternity leaves I heard a special on GMA about the Ketogenic Diet, medical purposes, and also the side effects of weight loss. I had already been on medication for blood pressure, migraines, and insulin resistance, so I figured why not try to take care of those issues and lose weight in the process. I spent a little over a month researching everything I could about the lifestyle and making a plan.” (Read more about Mindy’s Weight Loss)

“I was so depressed that I was mean, agitated, and snippy. This affected my parenting skills, my children, my relationship with friends, our relationship, and literally every aspect of my life. Once I had it set in my head that I was getting weight loss surgery it is like something clicked, I just KNEW it was going to “save my life”.” (Read more about Ashley’s Weight Loss)

“It wasn’t until my son was about ten months old that I finally decided that I was tired of feeling exhausted and run down. That’s when I decided I needed a change. My kids were my biggest motivation. They deserve a mother that isn’t exhausted 24/7. I wanted to set a good example for them and show them how to live a happy and healthy lifestyle.” (Read more about Anna’s Weight Loss)

“I am a mother to 3 children living out of New Jersey and I have lost 100+ lbs and maintained for over 5 years. My journey began after so many failed attempts to grab control of my health — I was morbidly obese most of my life. It took having my firstborn to realize serious change had to happen. I couldn’t run after him, fit on a slide to play. I would hide at home and not go out because I was so disappointed in my appearance. I remember looking into his eyes after a wild cry, wondering how long we would live this way because of me. This was the pivotal moment where I decided a change was a need. After much deliberation, I embarked on my journey to weight loss surgery through weight loss surgery. Choosing the Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG) procedure was the best decision I have ever made.” (Read more about

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