A New Approach to Losing Weight
After years of following dieting fads, Becky Harrold learned new healthy ways to lose weight.
Name Becky Harrold
Job Law-enforcement transcriptionist
Weight before 255
Weight after 135
The Gain: Becky Harrold went on her first diet when she was a teenager, beginning a lose-gain cycle that lasted 10 years. “I lost and gained the same 30 pounds from the time I was 14 until my first pregnancy when I was 24,” she says. A month before her first child, Trevor, was due, Harrold’s blood pressure skyrocketed, and her doctor put her on strict bed rest. “It was a scary time, and the only thing I could do was eat and feel sorry for myself.” Nine months after Trevor’s birth, Harrold became pregnant with her daughter, Kenzie, and was put on bed rest again. By the time Kenzie was a month old, Harrold weighed 255 pounds.
The Change: “I was so disappointed in myself that I refused to look in the mirror or buy any new clothes,” she says. “Then one day my only pair of size-18 jeans ripped, and I didn’t want to buy another pair in such a big size.” Encouraged by a cousin’s success with L A Weight Loss, Harrold signed up for the program and started meeting with a counselor.
The Life: “In the past I’d get bored after a few days on a diet,” Harrold says. “But seeing my counselor every few days gave me an incentive to stay on track.” She began limiting sweets, adding more fresh fruits and vegetables to her diet, and trimming portion sizes: “When I started weighing my food and saw how much I’d been eating, I was shocked!” She also changed the way she cooked — baking instead of frying and using fat-free cooking spray instead of oil. In addition to taking her kids for walks in the stroller, Harrold began waking up at 5 A.M. to walk on the treadmill for 20 minutes a few days a week.
The Reward: After just 1 week on the program, Harrold had dropped 7 pounds. “I was amazed that I was actually losing weight without feeling like I was on a diet,” she says. A year and a half later, she had shed 120 pounds and reached her 135-pound goal. And now she’s set a new one: “I recently started running, and now I’m training for a 10-K!”
Make fitness fun. “On warm nights, my husband and I bike to our weekly dinner date. Or we’ll hitch up the kids’ trailers to our bicycles and go for a nice long ride.”
See it in 3-D. “I hung a 33-inch ribbon on my refrigerator to remind me of the 33 inches I lost from my body and how far I’ve come.”
Toss it. “I used to take in a lot of extra calories each day by nibbling on my kids’ leftovers. Now I serve them smaller portions and don’t feel guilty about tossing the extras in the trash.”
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