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I Lost Weight: Rebekah Courtney Set Small, Achievable Goals And Lost 125 Pounds

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Great success story! Read before and after fitness transformation stories from women and men who hit weight loss goals and got THAT BODY with training and meal prep. Find inspiration, motivation, and workout tips | I Lost Weight: Rebekah Courtney Set Small, Achievable Goals And Lost 125 PoundsName: Rebekah S. Courtney

Age: 30
Height: 5’3″
Before Weight: 274 pounds

How I Gained It: I have never been skinny except for a few brief months in high school when I tried some extreme and unhealthy habits to get thin. It was in that time that I met my husband. Once I got comfortable with him, I think I was just happy, and went to college and gained, gained, gained — way past the freshman 15. There was nothing to do in my town but go out to eat. I would always go to fast food restaurants. Looking back, I believe I was addicted to fast food. I was heavy all the way until I got pregnant with my first child at age 23. I really didn’t gain any weight during the pregnancy due to being sick. You would think having my daughter would be a wake up call to lose weight, but instead I made up for not eating during my pregnancy and gained another 30 pounds to get to my all time high of 274 pounds.

Breaking Point: I couldn’t do a thing on the floor with my baby. I started to wonder if I would fit in chairs or airplane seats, and if chairs I did not fit in would crack. My New Year’s resolution would be to lose weight every year, and I would quit by February. I remember joining Weight Watchers for what felt like the millionth time after I had my daughter, and when I found out my weight I left the meeting and drove to McDonald’s. I couldn’t deal.

Several months after that, I tried one bite of a Nutrisystem meal I had just ordered and knew it was just another diet I would not stick to. I sat on the floor of my living room and cried in front of my husband and daughter and prayed to God that he would give me one month of not cheating, to be focused, to eat healthy and work out and to not eat one bite of fast food. I rejoined a website that I was very involved in in the past called SparkPeople.com and started to do it the old fashioned way.

How I Lost It: I lost it with the support of awesome friends, family and other Sparkers on SparkPeople.com. I tracked my food intake everyday — I stuck to 1,200 calories — and as I lost weight I would work out more. I trained for and ran a 5K after never running a day in my life. I set workout goals everyday and met them.

I also made some rules. I would take a picture of myself for every 10 pounds I lost (that is how I took my weight loss, in 10-pound increments), only weigh in on Friday mornings and eat whatever I wanted on Saturdays. Cheating on the weekends may have slowed my progress, but it kept me from quitting or going insane. I took all my old fattening recipes and slowly turned them around by substituting other ingredients for things like vegetables, whole grains or extra-lean meat. I put all my time and energy and focus into that Friday morning weigh in (and checking in with all my weight loss friends) and knew that the only person I would be disappointing was me. I turned into my worst critic — which kept me going. My opinion was starting to matter! As I started to lose weight and everyone started to notice, it just became addicting. I took it one month and 10 pounds at a time.

Since then, I was able to get pregnant with my second child after four years of trying while obese and failing. I had a normal and healthy pregnancy at a healthy weight. I am able to do so much more. I am never sitting on the couch anymore. I have so much energy. I can shop at the mall and fit into the “normal” sizes. I like being seen whereas before I would hide in a corner. I feel like I am a real person now — not just someone who is watching life from the sidelines while everyone else lives it. I have hope and happiness. I would be walking or working out and just have this feeling of joy I had never felt in life before. It was so foreign to me. I would ask myself, “Is this what life is about? Happiness and joy?” Yes, it is!

I will never go back. I gained 54 pounds with my second pregnancy and am working to get the last 14 off (and then 10 more I decided). Now I am “paying it forward” and helping others that seek my advice and encouraging them to take their lives back like I did! This time I know i will do it. I started out doing this for my daughter and had no idea what it would do for me. I look back and am still shocked I did it. Next to my two children it has been the best and biggest accomplishment of my life! Looking back now, it’s all a blur — that one month of hell and crying every night turned into years of continuous weight loss!

After Weight: 149 pounds

Source: Huffington Post

Originally posted 2014-02-08 06:45:18. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

41 Comments

  1. Barbie Holowell Hutchens

    April 25, 2016 at 12:23 am

    Epic

  2. Laurie Woldt

    April 24, 2016 at 11:50 pm

    you look beautiful…..awesome job

  3. Oliver Rusty Kathleen

    April 24, 2016 at 11:58 am

    Kelcie Marie

  4. Jeanne Landolfi DeMonte

    April 24, 2016 at 5:53 am

    Great job you look amazing!

  5. Emma Smith Warren

    April 23, 2016 at 11:36 pm

    Fantastic!

  6. Sharon Snyder

    April 23, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    Wonderful story. I too have a long range goal. But each 10 pounds is a reward point. Almost to the first 10.

  7. Rhonda Briggs

    April 23, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    How long did it take to lose it?

  8. Jenn Lynn

    April 23, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    Inspiring

  9. Rika Van Hardeveld

    April 23, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    Congratulations, great job.

  10. Kim Robinson

    April 23, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    you go girl! you are AMAZING!

  11. Phyllis Blottenberger

    April 23, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    Wow awesome

  12. Doria Polgano

    April 23, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    Very inspiring…thankyou

  13. Yvette Dubuc

    April 23, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    Amazing BEAUITFUL results

  14. Barbara J Fields

    September 10, 2015 at 11:38 am

    A really pretty lady. Congratulations

  15. Letetia Parker

    September 10, 2015 at 10:37 am

    You look fantastic girl! What an inspiration you are to me!

  16. Billie Powell

    September 10, 2015 at 10:36 am

    I need help lose weight like 200lbs please

  17. Joanne Lennon-Koronczyk

    September 10, 2015 at 8:39 am

    You are very smart and you look great!!!

  18. Yolanda Reed-ludd

    September 10, 2015 at 7:35 am

    Congrats

  19. Madiha Khan

    September 10, 2015 at 7:11 am

    Wow u looking great

  20. Kal Christie

    September 10, 2015 at 3:10 am

    Wow !! I am trying so hard to lose weight I have so much to lose 90kg a whole person almost 2 .. These stories help

  21. Britanie Christiansen Rallison

    September 10, 2015 at 2:31 am

    Following

  22. Lisa Renee

    September 10, 2015 at 2:22 am

    Awesome!!

  23. Denise Schaffer

    August 14, 2015 at 10:26 am

    This story was so familiar to me. My sis and I follow calorie restriction during the week and do free for all Saturday’s to eat whatever want and not feel completely deprived. You are an inspiration, thank you for sharing. Congrats on your success!!!

  24. Stacey Barbeau

    August 11, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    Love!!

  25. Barbara J Fields

    August 11, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    She looks awesome.

  26. Lynn Marion

    August 11, 2015 at 10:28 am

    Beautiful

  27. Valerie Nickerson Loveland

    August 11, 2015 at 10:28 am

    I suck at weightloss goals. Maybe breaking it into smaller goals will work better for me

  28. Karen Smith

    August 11, 2015 at 8:30 am

    You look amazing! And your story is such an inspiration! Great job! 🙂

  29. Graziella Bezzina

    August 11, 2015 at 7:47 am

    Well done!!!is cheat day once a week?

  30. Diane Jones Burns

    August 11, 2015 at 7:34 am

    So impressed!! It CAN be done!

  31. Rachel Stennett Mann

    August 11, 2015 at 7:32 am

    Wow!!!!

  32. Jodie Card Nystrom

    August 11, 2015 at 7:23 am

    Amazing. Fantastic job.

  33. Pam Tweedie

    August 11, 2015 at 7:22 am

    Beautiful !

  34. Bre Bates

    August 11, 2015 at 7:22 am

    Joey Bates

  35. Selena Haavig

    August 11, 2015 at 7:10 am

    You are awesome! Great job! Setting that 10 pound goal is such a great idea!

  36. Paula Tetzloff

    August 11, 2015 at 4:53 am

    That is an accomplishment!

  37. Jean Amos Wilson

    August 11, 2015 at 1:56 am

    Congratulations- you look great. More importantly, you sound great!

  38. Marie Johnson

    August 11, 2015 at 12:24 am

    You go Girl! You’ve done a great job!!

  39. Michelle Reames

    August 11, 2015 at 12:19 am

    10 pound goals makes so much sense, doesn’t it? I love my cheat day, too. That special little something to look forward to that keeps me on track. Good for you, Rebekah!

  40. shannon

    February 25, 2014 at 6:11 am

    Rebekah, u are truely an inspiration..I too had gotten to 262 pounds..it was the worst feeling of my life..didn’t sleep good, no energy, drab looking hair..My only saving grace was that at 5’9, I’ve never looked as big as the scale said I was..My ah hah moment came one day when I walked to my mailbox and had trouble breathing..I knew the weight had to go..Like you, I set little goals and little changes in hopes it would make a difference..It did! So far I’ve lost over 50 pounds..My problem now is that I’ve been stuck there for nearly 5 months. Can’t seem to get over the plateau..Any advice on jumpstarting it again? I still have about 30 I want to lose..Like I said being 5’9, I can carry alittle more so I have no aspirations of being 150 pounds or less..Just healthier looking..

  41. Jamie

    February 24, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Yea for you!!!!!! So very proud of you! Keep it up!

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