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I Lost Weight: Sally Walters Proved Doubting Coworkers Wrong By Losing 146 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: Sally Walters Proved Doubting Coworkers Wrong By Losing 146 PoundsName: Sally Walters

Age: 39
Height: 5’8″
Before Weight: 292 pounds

How I Gained It: I’d never known what being slim felt like. I was a big baby who grew into a chubby child, and then a tall, overweight teenager. I was fairly confident, though, so I developed a larger-than-life, jolly personality — partly to make sure that people laughed with me rather than at me.

I met my husband when I was about 18. My weight wasn’t important to him, so I never felt any pressure to diet. It was only when I got up to a size 22, after our son Gareth was born, that I started to feel very heavy and uncomfortable. Two more children followed in the next four years and the weight stayed on.

As I hit my mid-30s, I also worried about how my size was affecting my mobility. Although I didn’t weigh myself, it was clear I had gained even more weight because my size 22s were much too tight. I had also developed a degenerative disc problem, which made me even less active, because at any moment I feared my back might spasm.

Breaking Point: Having an MRI to determine the extent of my spine problems was one of the most traumatic and embarrassing experiences of my life. The hospital staff members were concerned that I wouldn’t fit into the scanner, so they used padding to make sure I didn’t get trapped. Even so, I had to be eased out gradually by two staffers.

Then, in January 2012, I was at my job as a hospital aide when I split my size-26 pants. They didn’t make uniforms in my size, so I had to endure the humiliation of a temporary repair with a stapler. As I sat in the break room, very upset about the situation, a nurse named Lynne — who’d recently lost more than 50 pounds -– came in and said she’d like to tell me how she lost her weight, but she seemed skeptical that I’d commit to it.

How I Lost It: I don’t know why, but the idea that nobody at work thought I would take weight loss seriously was an irresistible challenge. That same evening, I joined Slimming World, which was the program that Lynne had used to lose her weight. Right away, I learned so much about healthier eating. And I know that you can occasionally have a cookie or doughnut on the eating plan, but the weirdest thing happened: I discovered fresh fruit and vegetables and got hooked on them instead of sugary snacks. Within three weeks I was almost 15 pounds lighter.

The support I felt from the Slimming World team was also very helpful as I continued to lose weight. They were there to cheer me on when I had a great week, while at the same time walking me through the weeks that perhaps didn’t show an improvement. I never felt like giving up, thanks to that kind of encouragement.

I knew that combining exercise would also help, too. At first, just parking a bit farther from work was a struggle. But I persevered, and soon I could slowly manage the two-mile walk uphill. Now I can easily do it in 30 minutes, and I’ve also added Zumba classes to my routine.

I did not set out to lose 146 pounds. Because I’ve never been slim, I originally would have been pleased to just get down to 250 pounds or so. Then I discovered that I could cook my own delicious recipes instead of ordering takeout, or to swap chocolate for fresh strawberries and grapes. But after a few months I reintroduced some of my favorite foods -– such as chocolate -– just to see how I would cope. To my amazement, I was able to buy a package of doughnuts and enjoy one while putting the rest away. I would have never been able to do that before, which shows how much my tastes have changed.

Looking back now, I know there are so many things I never did with the children –- jumping into the ocean with them on vacations, going on bike rides, running around -– because I was worried about how I might look. Today, family activities are not only easier, they’re much more enjoyable. Then there are my coworkers, who never thought I’d take this seriously. We’re now swapping healthy eating tips, and they love that they’ve been proven wrong.

After Weight: 146 pounds

Source: Huffington Post

Originally posted 2014-02-06 21:25:53. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

44 Comments

  1. Patricia Walters-Fischer

    March 20, 2015 at 9:22 am

    WOW! WOW! WOW! Fantastic work.

  2. Nelly Gollop

    March 19, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    Good job you look amazing!

  3. Beth Marte

    March 19, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    wonderful!

  4. Deana Nicandnatsmom Echevarria

    March 19, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    Wow!!! For others it’s about exercising everyday to lose the lbs…. eating healthy is never enough. The hardest part is putting on those shoes

  5. Cyndi Benton Hunt

    March 19, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    Great, great job!!!!

  6. Cheryl Hogancamp

    March 19, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    CONGRATS!!!

  7. Carol Halula

    March 19, 2015 at 10:34 am

    Gorgeous!

  8. Patty Hillert

    March 19, 2015 at 8:41 am

    Good job lady!

  9. Trisca Jiles

    March 19, 2015 at 7:49 am

    I’m going to do this bc I really want to lose this weight….

  10. Jennifer Ragonese

    March 19, 2015 at 7:42 am

    Love how ya took the doubt of others to push ya forward!!!

  11. Janie Stammen

    March 19, 2015 at 7:25 am

    incrediable story!

  12. Yolanda Reed-ludd

    March 19, 2015 at 6:10 am

    You look great

  13. Eva Taylor-Sanford

    March 19, 2015 at 5:58 am

    Awesome job!

  14. Dawn Gabel Finnemore

    March 19, 2015 at 5:57 am

    Samantha, Ashley inspiring

  15. Robyne Chabant

    March 19, 2015 at 5:21 am

    A wonderful inspiration, congratulations

  16. Tara Mahon

    March 19, 2015 at 5:12 am

    Congrats, you look AMAZING now!! I need to pin you and your story to my fridge!!

  17. Mary Capasso-Newman

    March 19, 2015 at 5:03 am

    Great job you look amazing !

  18. Pamela Burden

    March 19, 2015 at 4:51 am

    I really appreciate her story. It inspires me to continue on in my weight-loss journey.

  19. Trudy Lowther Hess

    March 19, 2015 at 4:49 am

    Congratulations. . You’re a true inspiration!

  20. Joseph Gillen

    March 19, 2015 at 4:44 am

    awesome

  21. Erin Dentinger

    March 19, 2015 at 3:43 am

    Amazing job

  22. Del De Paola

    March 19, 2015 at 2:34 am

    what an inspiration to us all..I need to steal some of her determination…

  23. Judy Phillips Culler

    March 19, 2015 at 12:33 am

    Great job.

  24. Rachel Gibson

    September 27, 2014 at 9:45 am

    AWESOME! Congrats!

  25. MoNique Anderson Senegal

    September 27, 2014 at 8:37 am

    Congratulations to you! I lost 90pounds and my journey continues. Its not easy but I keep God on my side for all my guidance and FAITH.

  26. Palarasan Rajendran

    September 27, 2014 at 12:23 am

    Nancy. You will!! Walk later. Sort the kitchen out immediately. Food compromise if 80%. Jus my 2cents. I’ve lost 40kgs of mostly body fat %. Good luck

  27. Melissa Moreno

    September 26, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    Awesome congratulations

  28. Linda Thompson

    September 26, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    Freaking Awesome! What an accomplishment!! you go girl!!!

  29. Ditching The Diet Diva

    September 26, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Awesome!!!

  30. MyWorld Djsanji

    September 26, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    yes!

  31. DebRocka LoveZumbatoo Williams-Hangen

    September 26, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    CongratulatIons!!!

  32. Robinson Kimberly

    September 26, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    Wow congrats

  33. Jacey Jay

    September 26, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    Great job!!!!

  34. Smidge Laro

    September 26, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Great Job!

  35. Ginger Schuster

    September 26, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    What an inspiration!! Thank you for sharing!

  36. Cindy Alves

    September 26, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Congratulations!!

  37. Jonelle Dunkley

    September 26, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Fantastic!!

  38. Jessica Shepard

    September 26, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Wow! That’s awesome!

  39. Charlie Bailey

    September 26, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Wow

  40. Nancy Lynn Hopp

    September 26, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Good for you! Wish I could get motivated. I need to lose about 100 lbs. Overwhelming!

    • Jan

      September 28, 2014 at 11:35 am

      I can so relate. I need to drop a lot of lbs. It’s like I know I have to do it, but it sux that I let this happen to me. Ya know? Good luck.

  41. Kendra Lake

    September 26, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Beautiful before and after! Congrats! 🙂

  42. Tina Williams

    September 26, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Wow

  43. Michelle Reames

    September 26, 2014 at 11:49 am

    Absolutely wonderful!

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