The Best Way to Lose Weight
New mom Pixie Meredith discovered the trick is to eat healthy and burn calories with home exercise and gym workouts.
Name Pixie Meredith
Job Office Manager
Weight before 208
Weight after 140
The Buildup: A softball player through high school and college, Meredith was always fit and thin—so the flab of her first pregnancy hit her like a brick. “I stopped exercising, fell into the trap of ‘eating for two,’ and gained 50 pounds,” she says. She struggled with her weight for the next 4 years, eventually joining Weight Watchers and dropping 30 pounds. Then she got pregnant again, and gained them all back — plus more. Two weeks postpartum, Meredith leveled off at 208.
The Breaking Point: When her second child turned 3 months old, Meredith saw a photo of herself and was shocked by how big she looked. “I shouldn’t have been surprised, since I was popping out of my size 18s,” she says. “But seeing it really hit home.” She rejoined Weight Watchers in August 2005, hoping that, this time, the pounds would stay off.
The Changes: Meredith attended meetings during lunch and followed Weight Watchers principles, trimming portion sizes and adding more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains to her diet. But what really made a difference was finding time to work out—which wasn’t easy with both a full-time job and a family. She started getting up at 4:30 a.m. every day to walk for 30 minutes on her home treadmill. “It was hard, but it got easier when I noticed I had more energy and stamina later in the day,” she says. Her husband helped by cooking dinner so she could squeeze in extra workouts.
Spurred on by a 3-pound loss in 2 weeks, Meredith bought a dumbbell set and began doing a half-hour Cathe Friedrich weight-training DVD in the evenings after putting the kids to bed. “I started seeing muscle tone in my arms, my legs were firmer, and my face had slimmed down,” she says. She even added running, which she’d never liked before, to her routine. “I felt like an athlete again.”
The Reward: A year and a half later, she was down to 140 pounds. “It really didn’t hit me until I went on a family trip to the beach,” she says. “In the past, I’d wear a one-piece with an oversize T-shirt and shorts, feeling uncomfortable and unattractive the whole time. But this time, I wore a two-piece with confidence and pride.”
Shop for a week’s worth of meals. “Knowing I had groceries for three healthy meals and two snacks a day kept me from overeating and sneaking junk.”
Pamper yourself. “I treated myself to a massage every time I lost 25 pounds.”
Lose the guilt. “No matter what your responsibilities are — but especially if you’re a mom and you work all day — you deserve time for yourself to exercise.”
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