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I Lost Weight: Sara Bown Made Lasting Changes And Lost 80 Pounds (So Far)

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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: Sara Bown Made Lasting Changes And Lost 80 Pounds (So Far)Name: Sara Bown

Age: 35
Height: 5’4″
Before Weight: 284 pounds

How I Gained It: Years of emotional eating and not believing in my ability to overcome the addiction, along with the pain that accompanied it and poor self-confidence.

Also, at the time, I was a stay-at-home mom. I tasted everything I gave to my children and finished off food they left, but didn’t take the time to sit and eat during the day. At night after they were in bed, I would consume hundreds of calories.

Breaking Point: I was hit with the reality that life is short. I realized that my husband and I would not always be young together and my boys, now 10 and six, would not always be little. I love my family dearly and want all of us to have happy, healthy, active memories and did not want to live with regret. I also really wanted to show my young boys that it’s never too late to make a goal happen.

How I Lost It: I decided to make some long-lasting life changes. I hate the word diet; it makes me think of temporary instead of permanent. So I came up with some changes I felt I could make forever. I soon realized I was not just simply trying to lose weight, I was saving my life.

For years, I could not figure out why I was stuck, so I had to do some soul-searching. A lot had to do with fear: first, the fear of failure and then, once this mask of obesity was gone, fear of the unknown. But the pain of being unhealthy for so many years is much harder than any pain of getting healthy.

Now I eat six times a day and practice clean eating as much as I possibly can. Everything I eat is a conscious decision with the intention to fuel my body. I do not have off-limits foods, and I do indulge on occasion. I try not to eat cakes and cookies, which were staples in my old diet, along with chips and soda. I eat a lot of raw veggies and fruit and drink water, water, water.

My goal is to exercise at least five days a week and to really bring it, burning as many calories as I can in little time with interval workouts. I like the pattern of at least five days of cardio (I love running) and strength for 30 minutes twice a week. I also love to hike and bike in the warmer months, and I do sit ups, pushups and a plank or two as close to daily as possible.

Since starting my journey, it has become obvious to me that what I really want to do is help others achieve their wellness goals. I started a Facebook page in June 2011 called Sara Use It 2 Lose It, where I share my ups and downs and show what this journey really looks like. I even hold a monthly fitness challenge. I left my previous work to build a business around being a life and wellness coach. I believe in reaching goals and dreams one step at a time, at your own pace, and working as a team toward a plan that is not one-size-fits-all.

After Weight: I am still full-swing on my life-long journey. I currently weigh 205 pounds, and my goal is the 180s — but I’m loving the ride.

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Source: Huffington Post

Originally posted 2014-02-07 10:38:33. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

62 Comments

  1. Carolyn Taylor

    February 5, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    Congratulations, outstanding effort and results!

  2. Sara Bown

    February 4, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    Hi everyone and thank you !! Here is my 2017 update —> https://www.facebook.com/SaraBown/posts/1251385214942407:0 The Weigh We Were.com

    • The Weigh We Were.com

      February 4, 2017 at 11:03 pm

      Would you like to update your story on the blog?

    • Sara Bown

      February 5, 2017 at 5:16 am

      Yes, I would love to update my blessings blog 🙂

  3. Sara Bown

    February 4, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    Thank you !

  4. Sara Bown

    February 4, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    Thank you !

  5. Lauri Monteyne

    February 4, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    WTG girl!!

  6. Nicole Diana

    February 4, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    I need to lose at least 80 pounds myself but have a hard time doing it

  7. Joanne Enciso

    February 4, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    Great accomplishment!

  8. Di Boland-Bolewicz

    February 4, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    Wonderful! Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. Theresa Padovano

    February 4, 2017 at 4:34 pm

  10. Alice Holley OQuinn

    September 3, 2015 at 1:36 am

    Help! I lost 88 lbs…and gained it right back!! I can’t seem to get on track again…

  11. Alicia Lefsky-Weinholtz

    September 2, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    SARA BOWN/- amazing / ur transformation is inspiring ! U rock & I’m following ur success story now ! ❌⭕️

  12. Denise Eger Armand

    September 2, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    Great job.,continue your journey..wishing you health and happiness

  13. Sheila Tashiro

    September 2, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    Inspiring. Awesome job

  14. Tawanna Harris

    September 2, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Keep up the work!

  15. Mary Hake Christman

    September 2, 2015 at 6:26 am

    You look amazing!

  16. Kathleen Grover

    September 2, 2015 at 1:24 am

    WOW!! Congrats!!

  17. Tammy Lindenmeyer

    September 1, 2015 at 10:57 pm

    Thats my friend!!!! Omg Sara this is so COOL!!!

  18. Sandra Sinclair Chittum

    September 1, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    Awesome!

  19. Andrea Morris

    September 1, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    Way to go Sara!

  20. Mary Jo Moonen King

    September 1, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    Nice Sara! Been following you for some time!

  21. Dana Genett Stephens

    September 1, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    Awesome job!!

  22. Holly Oulton

    September 1, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    You look so amazing Sara E Bown!!!! Inspirational!

  23. Sara Bown

    September 1, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    My most recent journey video can be found at sarabown.com – You’ll see it on right hand side of page ! When I was brave enough to step on the scale I was 284 lbs but started in 300 lbs range – that was hard for me to say out loud, I felt so so ashamed – Years in and after having my 3’rd son, I’m still holding my own and going strong !! ~ Sara

  24. Cherie Fortune

    September 1, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    I love stories like yours

  25. Penny Keene Johnson

    September 1, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    Congratulations, Sara!

  26. Yolanda Reed-ludd

    September 1, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    Congrats

  27. Jackie Altuna

    September 1, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    Great job, love it!!

  28. Roberta Germain

    September 1, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    You look amazing

  29. Renee Mastro

    September 1, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    Good for you, Sara Bown! Eat baked or grilled foods and green veggies too.

  30. Anita C Turner

    September 1, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    You go girl

  31. Marsha Haynes Stephens

    September 1, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    Congratulations! Love and prayers.

  32. Peggy Taylor

    September 1, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    Congratulations! But those pictures show a lot more than 80 pounds lost!!

  33. Carol Fargnoli

    September 1, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    You look great.

  34. Joanne Lennon-Koronczyk

    September 1, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    Keep up the good work!!!

  35. Lynn McNeil

    February 18, 2014 at 11:28 am

    You are so welcome, TWWW.:) Opsie Daisy, I spelled her last name incorrectly: It’s Streisand, If U go to Utube & type in The Way We Were-Barbara Sreisand or just the title you will find this beautiful song.<3

  36. Rachel Roberts Tilburg

    February 18, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Sara rocks and is super sweet!

  37. Laurie Maestas

    February 18, 2014 at 8:24 am

    Congratulations

  38. Kristy Winston

    February 18, 2014 at 6:55 am

    AWesome!

  39. Bridgett Grant

    February 18, 2014 at 5:14 am

    gd job

  40. Ann Ward

    February 17, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    You look great.

  41. Maya McGriff Coley-Patterson

    February 17, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    Your story really inspired me! Had started losing but have plateaued due to the stress of a new job but I am ready to put myself first again! Thanks for sharing!

  42. Lynn McNeil

    February 17, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    I like that page name-The weigh(way)we were”…singing…✿♪♫♥♥✿♪♫♥♥✿♪♫✿✿♪♫♥♥✿(Barbara Streistand).:)

  43. Lucy Wong Rainey

    February 17, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    Amazing!!! Congrats!!!!

  44. Kathy Walter

    February 17, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Oh boy! Thanks for the inspiration!

  45. Sara Bown - Use it 2 lose it

    February 17, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing my story Kat ! I also hold 3 free challenges that I would love to invite everyone to join. Sara Bown – Use it 2 lose it

  46. Freda Stevenson

    February 17, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    You look great! Keep moving in the right direction.

  47. Amie

    February 17, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Congratulations and well done. It is wonderful what you have done and you are really an Inspiration. I myself have been on a long journey with weight for half my life . I will be 55 in April. I was told I wouldn’t live another year in 2011 and had a Gastric Bypass I have lost 186 lbs. and still want to lose another 100 lbs. this year. I have had some health set backs and am anxious to get the rest of this weight off. I am going Low Carb tomorrow morning and have been walking a mile a day and want to step it up to 2 miles a day and also start doing some strength training as well. I would love to follow you on your page and get some exercise tips as well as diet tips too. Keep up the good work you look fabulous. I’m sending you a friend request it will be Amelia Spittle , I’m from Florida. Have a great day.

  48. Michele Piper-Cassell

    February 17, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Great work!

  49. Brenda Tackett

    February 17, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    tell me more abt this stuff plz email me or send me a private

  50. Shannon Kletz

    February 17, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    congrats

  51. Debbie Cardwell

    February 17, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Great job!

  52. Bill-Khris Hoikkala-Ziemke

    February 17, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    Thank you for sharing your heart! ! Way to go!! I am on my own journey…slow and steady…clean eating. ..not a diet…exercise…a life change!!

  53. Justleft Da Valley

    February 17, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    Thank you! For sharing how awesome

  54. Yeh Kenneth

    February 17, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Great

  55. Sharon L Glover

    February 17, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Congratulations. You look wonderful and Thank you for sharing your story

  56. Sarah Villaseñor

    February 17, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Awesome story Sara!!! I have followed your FB page for about a month now. You are a true inspiration! :0)

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