Kristen Tomasic, 45
Pounds lost in 12 weeks: 27.5
Total pounds lost: 60
I struggled with my weight since high school, and it only got worse after college, when I started to put my career--I'm vice president of a software company--and family before my health. When my daughter was born, I never lost the baby weight, and each year, the weight compounded. At my heaviest, I weighed 199 pounds.
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Why I Started Walking: I would begin a new "diet" every Monday, but I never really stuck to a healthy eating program or committed to exercise. I started this program because I realized that to be successful, I needed an exercise plan. I was also concerned about some family health scares--a close relative had a stroke, and both of my grandmothers had congestive heart failure--so I was worried that I could be predisposed to some serious health issues.
Kristen's Best Advice:
"Make a specific diet and exercise plan-figure out how many calories you need and when you're going to exercise--and write it down so you're clear on your commitment. Then chart your progress each week so you hold yourself accountable."
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My Biggest Struggle: It was hard to find time to work out. I'm not a morning exercise person, so in order to succeed, I had to walk in the evening. It wasn't easy. I throw dinner together for my family when I get home from work, so I started walking at night, during the time I normally would watch TV. There were some nights when I wasn't able to get outside until 9:15, but I walked anyway because I knew that I wouldn't get up and do it in the morning.
What Kept Me Motivated: I charted my weight loss progress on a spreadsheet, just as I would monitor a project at work. Being able to look back at how far I'd come kept me motivated. Soon after starting the program, I began losing about 2 pounds a week!
What I'm Doing Now: I walk a minimum of 35 minutes 5 times a week. To stay motivated, I use the app RunKeeper (free; iTunes store), which tells me how fast I'm walking and how many calories I'm burning. It inspires me to walk faster!
My Biggest Payoff: I feel great, I have more energy, and losing weight has definitely helped my self-esteem. I used to dress in loose clothing, but now I'm not afraid to wear cute outfits that show off my newly slim figure. Shopping is definitely a lot more fun!
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