I Was Over 200 Pounds…My Personal Weight Loss Story

I was over 200 pounds…

…which for me, was a bit heavy.

The funny thing was that while I had felt so uncomfortable in my own body – and knew something had to be done about it once and for all, I still couldn’t seem to grasp the significance of the number on the scale, nor the size of the clothes I was forced to wear.

I think it’s safe to say that for many of us when we look in the mirror, we see what we want to see, not necessarily what is.

I mean, if I turned to the side, I certainly looked thinner. And if I wore something that had a “slimming effect”, I felt a little better about myself.

But in reality, I knew I was in bad shape. It wasn’t so much the number on the scale, nor the fact that I was wearing size 16-18 clothes either.

It was the knowing that not only was I abusing my body, but I was literally hand delivering people a reason to be harsh, insulting and condescending toward me about my appearance that made the situation intolerable.

I mean, what would people say if I took their one and only reason for being so shallow, judgmental and arrogant away from them?

I had decided it was time to find out. I had my why…and with this, I literally bumped into my “how”.


How it All Began

To give you a little bit of background info, I should probably let you know that I had always battled with my weight, especially because of my poor body image.

I also had eating disorders. I went from one extreme behavior to another…starting off by severely restricting calories through different means and methods – to eventually overindulging on anything and everything.

I didn’t understand the concept of balance because I never gave it any thought.

I felt disgusted with myself.

I knew I didn’t want to live this way…

Something was going to have to give.

Luckily, one day, help arrived.

I came across someone who would end up being the catalyst for the initial phase of my weight loss.

And yes, I did say phase. I didn’t lose all of my weight at once. I did it in stages.

Phase 1

The first phase had to do with meeting a personal trainer at the vitamin shop I used to visit frequently since it was located right next to the salon where I had worked at the time.

The owner was a super cool, sharp and witty elderly man. He had a passion for health – and people used to visit his store not only for the supplements but for his interesting personality.

One day, I happened to walk in and inadvertently strike up a conversation with a friendly guy who was hanging out there at the same time.

I learned he was a personal trainer. After I admitted that I wanted to lose weight, he said he could help me.

However, I was skeptical.

The reason is because I had hired personal trainers in the past. While I found the idea of working with this guy intriguing because he seemed so mellow and respectful (and I was SOOOOO ready to do something about this weight already)…I never had a positive experience with any of the trainers I had worked with before for various reasons.

I guess he sensed I was hesitant because he offered to train me at a price I could afford – and to work with my current level of fitness (beginner).

I decided to give it a shot.

And to this day, I’m happy I did.

I lost my first 30 pounds working with Chris. He showed up on time for every appointment, kept my program safe and structured and made me feel as though I was doing the best job possible during my workouts.

But mind you…I gave the entire process my all, even on my own time.

I respected his time and efforts, and wanted to make the best out of our sessions by following a “diet” that was based on healthy living – and not “cheating” on it…thinking I would get away with it when he wasn’t looking.

Eventually, I couldn’t afford to continue to work with him any longer, but the initial weight was lost.

I was relieved, but the rest was up to me.

Over the next two years, my weight loss efforts stalled. While I didn’t regain the weight I had lost (for the most part), my life took on a turn that left me feeling somewhat indifferent about my appearance. My passion for my health and fitness program was replaced by boredom with my current routine – and I couldn’t reconnect to that level of motivation that once was.

Phase 2

I still had my desire to drop the rest of my weight, but not enough to motivate me to do anything about it.

I needed something to reignite that “eye of the tiger” level of determination that I knew would be the key to getting what I wanted.

It eventually showed up in the form of meeting someone who later on became my husband. I was so enamored with him…and while this may sound shallow, I wanted to feel good about myself when I was around him.

I was also living in South Beach, Fl, surrounded by seemingly perfect looking women everywhere. While I knew deep down that being physically attractive only garnered but so much importance, I still felt that I paled in comparison to the magazine perfect looking humans who shared space with me in this particular city.

I found myself exercising again, this time working (hard) on my own, and sometimes joined by a friend or two.

My eating habits supported my efforts in the gym, and I before I knew it, I lost an additional 45 pounds.

The weight was gone. I had reached my goal…

…and then I moved away.

Once separated from the environment where I had become accustomed to a regular routine (and a badass gym to use as well), I fell back into some old patterns.

I regained 30 pounds. I was not happy.

I also couldn’t force myself to take it off again either.

I had realized that keeping weight off should be easier than taking weight off…but I didn’t seem to behave in accordance to that wisdom.

Life went on. And then things got interesting…

Phase 3

I found myself in need of a career change.

I ended up taking a part-time job at a small women’s gym where I was able to use the equipment during work hours – as it kept the members motivated and allowed me to directly interact with them.

I realized how much I enjoyed being in the fitness industry – and after having been told that I would need to keep my involvement in the member’s workouts to a minimum due to not having any experience or insurance…

…and following a VERY BAD DAY at the salon I worked at…

I decided to enroll in personal training school.

As a bonus, my husband decided to enroll with me.

We went through the curriculum together, learning more than we could have ever expected in regard to exercise, nutrition and the human body.

I was now completely immersed in the industry – both as a student, and an employee. When I wasn’t at work or school, I was studying – and working out.

My motivation skyrocketed – and I became unstoppable again.

I (somehow) found Sparkpeople.com and signed up to use their free tools to help me stay on track with my weight loss activities.

Health and fitness became my primary focus, and I lost the weight I had regained several years back.

This is what I looked like at over 200 pounds (obviously on the left – with my dog Dino)…and then years later at my Fitness Institute graduation.

Me before after

Where Am I Now?

It would be right of me to inform you that the picture on the right – the “after” was taken in 2009.

Six years ago from now.

Do I still look like this?

Or did I go back to my old ways and regain the weight?

Well…I’ll be honest.

I’m not as tiny as I was in that photo because I don’t work out nearly as hard as I did when I was in weight loss mode. In fact, most people don’t.

However, I’m still slim. I have kept most of the weight off.

19122_10152864910842833_3170248276912495921_nSee, over the years, my perspective has shifted – quite a bit I might add.

Perhaps you have noticed throughout my story that my weight was always dependent on whether I was in “all or nothing” mode.

My exercise program was heavy and intense. My nutrition habits were based on dieting (even if implemented correctly) for weight loss.

Now – from the stories I have been told by others, many individuals seem to fall into an all or nothing category in regard to their weight as well.

I think it’s unhealthy and unnecessary to go back and forth like this. It creates a feeling of disempowerment – and makes one feel as though they need some form of inspiration outside of themselves (such as a set of external circumstances, or the desire to escape emotional pain) to motivate them to do what is necessary to get what they want.

I personally grew tired of this level of polarity in regard to my own weight, and since I have become fascinated with the human condition over the last few years, I have literally experienced a shift in perception that no longer enables me to see health and fitness the same way as I did – even after graduating from personal training school.

See, I knew, based on relevant past behavior, that the time would come when I might not feel as dedicated to such an intense fitness program. I also knew that I had never demonstrated consistent eating habits.

I was either eating right for weight loss…or not. During the “not” phase, the mindset that had always governed my actions in the past would creep back into my life…and I would regain the weight.

It’s important to take a good, hard look at oneself in an effort to predict patterns – and see if they may return to direct future events.

This time, I had no desire to swing the pendulum back in the other direction and revisit the “nothing” mode, and I decided it wasn’t necessary.

While I happen to enjoy exercise for the sake of being active, and I do feel pretty damn good after a workout, I personally don’t always have a deep desire to exercise at the high level of intensity that I did several years ago when my motivation was different.

And you know what?

To keep my weight down, I don’t have to.

I now practice balance. 

As you know from my mentioning it earlier, I had suffered from multiple eating disorders in my past. Again, I went from one extreme to another.

And I also discussed being either “in or out” of a fitness program. More extreme thinking.

I got sick of it…and when this happened, my inner-voice led me to seek a happy medium.

Now instead of living one way or the other, I consciously walk in both worlds using discernment and critical thinking.

I enjoy a lifestyle that focuses on simple healthy living – without needing to be on a diet or become involved in extreme exercise programs to undo damage from being in the “nothing” mode.

This is the first time in my life that I have not only maintained my weight, but felt completely free of my old self-sabotaging behaviors…

…and the reason for this is because I think differently than I used to.

The body always follows the instruction and guidance of the Mind and Spirit.

In every single one of my articles on Formulated Fitness, I discuss the value of living a life based on a desire for overall well-being.

I also harp on the importance of self-awareness.

So when I write about how these are the keys to healthy weight loss and consistent weight management – it’s because I know it to be true.

I live it.

I don’t need to look like a magazine model. Most of them don’t look like themselves in real life anyway.

My self-worth isn’t based on it. This is because I am aware of the image of health and fitness in contrast to simply being healthy and well.

You mature and realize that character will always far outweigh the importance of what the scale says. But this doesn’t mean one shouldn’t care about themselves either.

Again, balance.

Always – balance.

I found joy and creativity in the process of healthy living.


Before well-being became the ultimate goal…I lost and regained weight frequently. After focusing on well-being, I maintained and didn’t reignite the insane yo-yo effect that I lived with through most of my life – and that so many others complain about.

I follow the minimalist approach to healthy living.

I invite you to check out my other articles on the formulated fitness website…where I get into more specific detail about how to use exercise and healthy nutrition in the ways that have kept me connected to the process of healthy living.

I also share some creative and inspired ideas on how to keep this whole thing an enjoyable experience.

This is how I have kept my weight off. 🙂

Originally published on Formulatedfitness.com

Dana Gore

Author of the books "A Simple Guide to Exercise Safety (What You Don't Know CAN Hurt You)" and "Streetwise Philosophy (A Bullshit-Free Approach to Spiritual Maturity)", Dana Gore is a health and fitness professional, wellness coach, and freelance writer. Dana brings guidance to the public about how to achieve optimal health in a safe and structured manner while inspiring her readers to seek self-awareness and inner peace as a means to well-being in all areas of life.

41 thoughts on “I Was Over 200 Pounds…My Personal Weight Loss Story

  • at 1:30 pm

    Hi, Dana

    High five to yourself – what a journey to achieve personal goal.

    Your story demonstrates that it takes time to reach our destination. We can’t rush to accomplish our resolution. That is where many people fail.

    I total agree with you that “balance” is the key to weight loss and good health. If we don’t do in “balance”. the process can’t be long lasting.

    Have a successful week ahead!

    – Stella Chiu

    • at 5:40 pm

      Hi Stella,

      Thanks so much for that 🙂

      Yep, this sure did take some time. years in fact because i not only did it in stages, but I had regained some of it back from the yo-yo cycle I hadn’t gotten myself out of.

      It wasn’t until this most recent process (now going on 8 years ago) that I realized that there was a LOT of inner-work that needed to be done, and the key to the success in maintaining this was balance.

      I appreciate that you read this and took the time to leave such a kind comment Stella.

      Have a great week ahead!

  • at 6:20 pm

    Hey Dana,

    I bet so many people will be able to identify with your story. I know I certainly can. That ‘all or nothing attitude’ is so tiresome. I always found when I had this perspective I would be in a hurry. I wanted to exercise fast, take on more than I should and over extend myself because mentally I knew there was an end date.

    I can appreciate that fine balance you hold now. It would not be too hard to ignore when our old habits attempt to talk us out of doing a work out, we can manage because our regime is no longer overwhelming.

    I agree a work out feels wonderful after it is done. I must confess it has been a really bad year in the way of exercise for me. So I am glad I read this when I did, as I have been looking around for some inspiration. Over the last two weeks I have been thinking about doing up a few exercise routines that are like you mentioned balanced and fair, but not gruesome and something I dread.

    What a great post Dana. I love how you found your way and how you thought about it. Very inspiring, thank you.


    • at 7:09 pm

      Hi Rachel,

      This is gonna be a long response 😉
      I’m so glad you mentioned balance. That was the main point of this post – believe it or not.

      People can and do lose weight once they’ve set their minds to it. It’s just that when this is the case and they have that “eye of the tiger” mentality…it often goes away once the goal has been reached. People then find their true motivating factor is gone and they are no longer inspired to keep up with the same workload that was required to make the change…

      …and without doing the inner-work, the old habits come back up to the surface since they’ve been stuffed down for a while because the individual was laser focused on achieving their goal itself – if that makes sense.

      So I say, the issue isn’t so much losing the weight, it’s maintaining it. Even I don’t have the same motivation as I did when I was going through the process. But I had to ask myself how I could do away with the yo-yoing I had done in the past, and the answer that came back was to simply be someone who enjoys healthy food and physical activity that felt right.

      Now it’s about being self-aware and making sure that old habits don’t resurface. In order to do this, we have to go within, find the cause of our habits and establish some balance so we can literally have our cake, eat it too and not have it own us.

      As far as your “goals”, stick with something you think you would enjoy. You can make it challenging – as this will offer results, but it doesn’t have to be dreadful. Please feel free to holler at me if you need some guidance.

      I appreciate your comment Rachel. It gave me an opportunity to discuss the heart of the post – which is always the relationship between self-awareness and overall well-being.

  • at 12:34 pm

    Hi Dana,

    First of all many congratulations for your dedication and commitment for achieving the perfect body.
    What an incredible inspiring story you have shared! I believe this is not applied only in loosing weight but achieving our any audacious goal.

    Thanks for such an inspiring story.

    • at 6:51 pm

      Hi Ana,

      Thanks so much!

      I agree that this goes along with any goal we have. I have to remind myself of the fact that this particular process took time (quite a bit of it actually) and remember this when it comes to other goals I have.

      Not always easy – as I want what I want when I want it like everyone else.

      I don’t feel there is such a thing as a perfect body. I wanted to feel at peace within myself and to no longer have the circumstances own me.
      That’s the reward 🙂

  • at 11:43 pm

    Congratulations on your success and healthy lifestyle! I understand the struggles with weight and body image
    It takes time and perseverance to overcome these obstacles but once you do, it’s amazing how you feel! Thanks for sharing your story 🙂

    • at 6:43 pm

      You are so right – the whole process does take time and consistency. Plenty of ups and downs, and some delays and plateaus as well.

      I did this in stages as well, so it took years.

      I do feel much better, and I’m so happy you enjoyed the post.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting 🙂

  • at 8:51 am

    nice information and i believe many of us are learning from your tips and ideas. Thanks

  • at 9:00 pm

    What an amazing and inspiring story! I’ve definitely been through the struggle of weight loss. After having three kids, and gaining a significant amount of weight with each one, I know what it’s like to struggle.

    But I really love your story and how you managed to overcome the difficulties that come with weight gain. Thank you for sharing!!

    • at 9:52 am

      Hi Jolleen,


      Thank-you so much for your kind words.

      I know how difficult it can be to struggle with weight.

      I also know that childbirth is one of the main reasons women struggle with weight gain. The body goes through so many changes, it can represent some challenges that may not have been present before.

      However, the human body can be quite forgiving…and that is good news 🙂

      I appreciate your visit and comment Jolleen. Thanks so much for stopping by.

  • at 6:50 pm

    Hi Dana,

    What an inspiring post and I must say congratulations.

    It’s a lot of work and time to lose such weight. One of my best friends is overweight and she’s been looking out for ways to shed some weight but none is working because to me she isn’t consistent and she gives up too easily. The lastest thing she tried was taking some pills hoping it will help but I told her it will do some damage.

    I’m glad I found this post.

    I’ll share this easily post with her and I know she’ll be inspired too.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Have a great day!

    • at 9:12 am

      Hi Kore,


      I appreciate the kind words.
      Yes, it is a lot of work, and can take some time to change your body. It can be a pleasant enough journey though – depending on how it’s perceived.

      I can relate to what your friend is going through. It can be challenging when you want something and it doesn’t show up as quickly as you’d like.

      I know from my own experience that when I connected to what I knew I should be doing, which was to engage in activities that promoted well-being…I KNEW that I would get what I wanted.

      I was in no hurry. I gave myself plenty of time. I’ll admit that I hit a plateau every now and then…but I didn’t allow that to discourage me from moving along.

      I wasn’t focused on the result because I KNEW it would happen. I felt like someone who took care of themselves – so it had no choice but to manifest.

      That’s what I would tell your friend if I were speaking to her.
      Just to connect to the desire for overall well-being and to make it a pleasant experience.

      I appreciate your willingness to share this with her. Please let her know she doesn’t have to suffer in order to get what she wants.

      Thanks so much for stopping by. Great to meet you 🙂

  • at 9:11 pm

    Hi Monna,


    Thank-you for everything you said in your comment.

    I will start off by saying I am so sorry to hear about your losses. May God be with you and your loved ones.

    I can relate to what you said – as I too had to wait until I was mentally and emotionally ready to take any action in regard to my own well-being.

    It has to come from within. You will decide when the time is right and you will be unstoppable. You have proven this to yourself before and you’ll do it again.

    I’m glad you found my story encouraging. Maybe it’ll serve to be the catalyst for your own reignited determination. Please let me know if there’s anything I can do to help you when you get back on the path. I’m not just saying that to be polite either.

    Thanks for stopping by. Good to meet you Monna 🙂

  • at 8:38 pm

    Hi Dana,
    First off, congratulations for the success you have had and keeping with it. I admire anyone who can stick to a maintained weight.

    I’ve struggled with weight all of my life. I finally got down to a reasonable weight for myself and kept it off for years. My parents died and I could feel myself slowly creeping up but not enough to try and stop it. I remarried and was happier than ever in my life and I was losing weight again. He passed away and I stopped smoking and did pretty well the first year and from then on, out of control.

    It is encouraging to read what you went thru but I’m just not there yet. I’m stubborn and it has to be on my own terms but I will do it again.

    This is my first visit to your blog too. It is also nice to meet you and looking forward to reading more. 🙂

  • at 11:24 am

    That Adrienne certainly knows how to find a good story to share. I love stories like this, where people overcame a mindset, changed their patterns and reached their goals. I’m on my own quest for health, and know it’s an every day thing to work on. Great success; thanks for sharing your story.

    • at 2:26 pm

      Hi Mitch,


      Isn’t Adrienne the best? It’s a compliment when she shares a post because I know she’s authentic and wouldn’t do so if she didn’t believe in the message 🙂

      I was happy to share my story and I’m glad you found value in it. We can all use inspiration, and everyone has an angle to contribute to the mix of things.

      I hope you continue on with your quest for well-being. It’s definitely an every day thing, so the idea is to keep it pleasant and realistic.
      We’ll be providing plenty of info here to keep this an enjoyable journey, so please feel free to visit at any time.

      Thank-you so much for your comment Mitch.

  • at 4:54 pm

    What a wonderful story Dana! In another lifetime I also tipped the scale well over 200 lbs. For me the issue was emotional eating. I lived in a home adversely affected by alcoholism and with that came the usual secrecy which was fodder for the trolls and resulted in my being relentlessly bullied throughout high school. I had nowhere to go to find peace except food and behind the door of my bedroom. Fortunately those days are long behind me but, like you, I eventually discovered the power of “balance” and I can honestly say it was a lifesaver! Thanks for the inspiration.

    • at 2:22 pm

      Hi Marquita,


      It sounds like we have a few things in common. I also LOVE your blog.

      Emotional eating is a big issue for many people. It’s easy to use food as an escape route. The bad news is that when we do this, it takes on a life of its own and becomes even more difficult to break the cycle.

      Based on the posts you have written, and your comment – it seems that you’re already aware of how this works and have made the inner-shift necessary to change it.

      It’s the most effective way to change a behavior. Do it from the inside.
      Awareness is always the key.

      It’s great to see you here and I appreciate your comment.
      Have a wonderful rest of your weekend 🙂

  • at 1:03 am

    Hi Dana,

    What a remarkable story you have written. I can’t believe that you lost all that weight. I am about 40 pounds over weight and not happy about it.

    It is amazing what you have accomplished in your life. Starting with a personal trainer. I see that you have eating disorders but have them under control now and that is great. If I could just say no to the goodies, I would do better. I’m going to get some help with my weight issues.

    You are an inspiration to all of us.

    Thanks for sharing, Dana and you have a wonderful weekend!


    • at 1:52 am

      Hi Linda,


      I appreciate your kindness…and it was a pleasure for me to share this story.

      For me, the weight loss, while a relief, was a symptom of something else. Everything we experience stems from a mentality of some sort. While I am happy to be free of the weight itself, it’s really the hold that my unhealthy thoughts had over me that I am truly grateful to be free of.

      I did have eating disorders, but they aren’t under control.
      They are gone. 100% completely gone – for over 15 years.

      My story is meant to inspire people to look within themselves for the answers to their body issues – because while “diet and exercise” are useful, without self-awareness, we will confuse the results of our lives as the causes of our experiences…when it’s really the complete opposite.

      Your post makes me think there is a better way for me to perhaps work with people who want to take better care of themselves, and their weight.

      Looks like I may have some thinking to do about how to go about this.

      Thank-you for your comment – and for stirring up an idea within me 🙂

  • at 9:57 pm

    Hey Dana,

    You know what? I’m at that point of focusing on being balance myself. I use to work out intensly 5 days a week and sometimes twice a day.

    By doing that I got pretty big but I also got uncomfortable. I started to have lower back problems and I just felt drained all the time.

    A lot of this was from unhealthy eating (yes it’s an oxymoron) and not doing cardiovascular exercizes. But later on I started to slow down and actually start to take another route.

    Now I go to the gym twice a week, once a day, and I’ve incorporated meditation and yoga. Now I feel more whole if that’s the right word. Yes, it’s all about balance a reading stories like yours is an inspiration and gives me the good reason to keep going.

    Thanks for sharing Dana! Have a great weekend!

    • at 12:06 am

      Hey Sherman,

      You know…I remember you mentioning that you had started experiencing some unpleasant effects from overdoing it in the gym in a post I had written about exercise safety awareness a couple of years ago.

      It isn’t hard to do. This is because while we all know that exercise has a lot of positive things to offer, there is such a thing as too much.

      I’m glad to hear that you have found a way to establish balance. The variety of activities you talk about sounds like a well-rounded fitness program – but more importantly, you seem to enjoy it.

      The food thing can be difficult for a lot of people. It certainly was for me.

      I was totally addicted to junk and didn’t like most of the healthy foods I now enjoy. It took a shift in perception for me to gain a desire to eat better, and because of practicing balance there too (I still enjoy my treats)…I can do so in moderation without needing more than that – while finding joy in the creative process in regard to healthy recipes.

      I’m glad your routine took on a more positive tone…and I’m sure your body appreciates it as well.

      Thanks so much for your comment Sherman and you have a great weekend as well 🙂

  • at 7:56 pm

    Hi Dana,

    wow – amazing.

    Truly, determination can do anything.

    I love your story and I know that many people can use some motivation from it; I’ll go ahead and share this one.

    Thanks for sharing and I think you are on to something amazing.



    • at 9:12 pm

      Hi Dan,

      Welcome to my blog!

      Thank-you for your kind words. I think we can all use some motivation every now and then, so I appreciate that you are willing to share my story.

      Yep, determination can be quite an asset in regard to anything we do. I have found that once the goal has been met and the determination factor vanishes (or at least decreases), this is when balance comes in.

      It’s great to see you here and I thank you so much for your comment 🙂

  • at 7:54 am

    Hey Dana,

    I must start by congratulating you on this achievement, this must have been a big relief for you and your family.

    Your testimony is an encouraging one for all, mostly those who desires to drop some weight or have tried several means.

    • at 1:37 am

      Hi Emebu,

      Welcome to my blog 🙂

      It’s always a relief to find balance where there had been extremes.

      The weight was a result of a bigger issue, which was the way I perceived myself, well-being and life in general. While it’s great to be free from the excess weight, it’s really the freedom of mind that brings me peace.

      I appreciate your kind words. Thanks so much for your comment.

  • at 3:48 pm

    What a powerful and truly inspiring story Dana!

    And for sure your personal fitness and weight loss story was and
    is one of ultimate dedication and ongoing commitment!

    In fact, it really doesn’t matter if we’re talking about consistently
    earning money online or eating healthy and maintaining a healthy lifestyle,
    it’s going to take an awful lot of continuous effort.

    And your overall weight loss and you ability to keep it of over the yeas are
    a true testament to that!

    Thanks for sharing your fabulous journey!it’s truly inspiring, on many levels, for the rest of us!

    • at 9:59 pm

      Hi Mark,

      Thank-you so much for your comment.

      I was definitely dedicated – each time I approached the goal. It was always the consistency part that used to get me in the past though.

      It’s easy enough to do things when we’re motivated. The trouble would start once the goal was attained and daily life distractions would take precedence. I see it all the time in regard to health and fitness (and other things), and this is why so many people (like I did) used to fall back into old patterns.

      So eventually, after taking a specific interest in the human psyche and condition, I realized that what always seems to produce the best results is balance. That ability to respect all sides of a situation and remain in observation of it all – practicing things from a well-rounded perspective.

      If that makes sense.
      It’s a way to stop the yo-yo effect…and this is how I’ve been able to remain “successful” with this.

      I really appreciate you stopping by. Have a great rest of the week Mark 🙂

  • at 9:05 pm

    Hi Dana!

    Wow, you have an amazing story! Congratulations on your weight loss! I can totally relate to your story.

    I was my heaviest back in 2003. I weighed 220 pounds. My work schedule made it difficult for me to work with a trainer so I had to take measures into my own hands.

    I found a diet that worked for me and began an exercise routine. And some may frown on this but I also started taking a dietary supplement and I’ve managed to keep my weight down. From that time until now, I’ve lost 70 pounds.

    And even when I stopped taking the supplment I’ve managed to keep my weight down. The time I wasn’t working out I gained about 10 pounds and that would get me right back on the treadmill.

    I still have 20 pounds to go for my goal but I’m working through a plateau right now and it’s been challenging. And I still have excess skin and it bothers me. I’m too scared (and broke, hehe) for surgery so it’s all about toning for me right now.

    I think it’s great of you to share your story and now helping others achieve their weight goals. You are definitely a motivation and girl you look great!

    This is my first time at your blog and I love it. I’ll be coming back for sure!

    Hope you’re having a great week!


    • at 12:04 am

      Hi Cori,

      Welcome to my blog!

      Thank-you so much for your kind words. It sounds like you can easily relate to my story, and I appreciate your own candid share about yourself.

      There was a time when I would have frowned about the weight loss supplement idea. While I’ll never endorse, nor suggest them, I also know it isn’t my place to judge what someone else feels is right for them.

      In your case, it sounds as though they did what you needed them to do – and you took responsibility and continued to do things from a more holistic standpoint once you stopped taking them, so that’s great.

      I hear what you’re saying about the plateau. They can be frustrating. I’ve dealt with them as well. From a physical perspective, they usually just mean it’s time to change things up a bit. From a more spiritual perspective…they can be viewed as something to designed test your determination – and encouraging you to continue to trust and allow the process to unfold as long as you stick with it.

      I loved your blog as well – and I think it serves as a source of inspiration for any parent looking to work from home.
      I appreciate your contribution to the conversation Cori.
      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

      • at 10:33 am

        It ‘s funny you mentioned changing up my routine. That’s exactly what I did. Now I’m mixing toning with yoga and cardio…hope it works 🙂

        Have a great day hun!


        • at 7:28 pm

          Hey Cori,

          That should help.
          Mixing thing up is a great way to produce some results. Just stick with it. Technique is great – but the whole “eye of the tiger” is what really does it.

          That’s using the imagination as a form of knowing. It’s all more of a mind thing than anything else.

          • at 12:07 am

            Now that it’s getting cold, I need motivation to get started. I love working out, especially the treadmill but getting started is a you-know-what :).


  • at 7:36 am

    Hi Dana,

    I love your story. I had read some of it on your other blog but loved reading it here. I also love your openness for sharing as Donna and Adrienne have said.

    I am very fortunate to have never been what anyone else would call over weight even though there are times I felt I was. I have tended to be too slim at times.

    I have excercised almost all of my life and fortunately have never likes junk food or sweets much at all.

    It concerns me the amount of very over weight people I see now.

    I love your new blog and look here.

    Have a great rest of the week Dana.


    • at 1:14 pm

      Hi Sue,

      It’s so good to see you again! Thank-you so much for stopping by.

      Yes, i remember you telling me that you had never developed much of an interest in junk food. Good for you…as it’s something a lot of people live with – as I did for many, many years.

      And you are the epitome of someone who uses exercise for what it’s intended to do – which is keep people active naturally.

      It’s the back and forth that creates harm for the individual. That constant effort of trying to stay in a mindset that is only focused on physical results that seems to be the issue for most. I lived it – and because I became aware of it, the concept of balance showed up and has proven to be a beautiful thing.

      We spend so much time “trying to be” when we don’t have to do this. We can face the “what is” of a situation and seek guidance and allow, if that makes sense.

      Balance, to me, is allowing – just done from a different (even higher) place. It’s the path of least resistance, but no less effective.

      I am so happy to see you here, Sue and I plan on staying in touch.
      Stay well and I will respond to your email as well 🙂

  • at 4:10 pm

    Hey Dana,

    I agree with Donna, what a wonderful share. To be so open and honest about your own issues and journey. I always fought my weight too although I never went the exercise route. With the discussions we’ve personally had you knew I never was into exercising.

    Luckily for me I was only ever about 30/40 pounds overweight at any given time. I lost that weight in my mid 20’s but only regained it during two different very stressful periods in my life. Yes, I am an emotional eater but it had to be really bad to get me to that place.

    I think we all have to find our balance and although my Mom still to this day says I’m on a diet, we won’t accept the term that I’ve changed my eating habits in order for me to keep my weight in check. That’s because that woman can eat anything she wants and not gain weight while I’m the opposite. So I have to just watch what I eat and that’s my way of life.

    Thank you for sharing your story with us and I’ll be sure to share it as well. I think it’s important for others who may be going through this very same thing.


    • at 8:18 pm

      Hi Adrienne,

      Thank-you so much for what you said.

      Yeah, I’ll admit that it wasn’t always easy for me to be so candid about my own issues. Everyone wants to put their best foot forward…especially when you write to share knowledge from a place of being an “expert” (a term I don’t care for to be honest).

      The truth is – when I first began to write about health and fitness, I was completely into it from the “this is my entire life” point of view. But what happens when we shift direction and suddenly other factors come into play? We go into the nothing mode – which is what I did so often throughout most of my life.

      I have noticed that it seems that weight management is almost as tough, if not tougher than weight loss in that the level of motivation changes after the goal has been reached. Then life takes over and this is when so many people regain the weight – and hate themselves because they had what they wanted and lost it again.

      I’ve been there.

      So for me, it was all about balance. And to establish balance – self-awareness has to come into the picture.

      And you know how I feel about choosing awareness 😉
      And this is how I can manage to stay in a place where the yo-yo effect no longer plays a role in my life. It became about well-being. It’s just a different perspective altogether.

      Hehehe…I’ll bet it’s frustrating to see your mom eat whatever she wants and get away with it. All I can say is – some people just have it like that!

      Gotta love them.

      Emotional eating is probably the most important factor to tackle. This is where the mind dictates the physical. I get it though because I’ve lived it too.

      But at least you acknowledge this…which is what I call assuming personal responsibility and owning oneself. Not an easy thing to do…so it’s cool that you can do this.

      Thank-you so much for contributing to the discussion Adrienne.
      Have a beautiful week my Friend.

  • at 5:18 pm

    Hi Dana,

    What a wonderful share. I love to read personal stories because it really gives an inside look at what a person actually went through. Congratulations on a healthy lifestyle!

    Now to balance. I’m sure with the knowledge you have gained through this journey balance will come easy for you. Being healthy is part of your mindset now and you look fabulous! But more than that, you feel good about yourself. That’s THE most important thing.

    I do find that whenever I tweak my diet to eliminate something like sugar for instance, I keep away from it for a few months. Then I may have an urge for a cookie. It tastes terrible!!! So balance is the key.


    • at 10:45 pm

      Hi Donna,

      Thank-you so much for your kind words.

      I have been writing about health and fitness for a while – since being a student at Fitness Institute. At the time, I was in “warrior” mode – which basically means I was living, eating and breathing the topic all day long.

      But as time went on, my life took on some interesting turns – which expanded my perspective a bit, in addition to my interests. The idea was to stay on track and not revert back into old thoughts and behaviors – which I have done in the past…and from the conversations I’ve had, so have many, many others.

      That’s why people put weight back on.

      So what happens when you are no longer in warrior mode? You either revert back – or establish balance…which is what I did.

      Change the mind and everything else follows.

      I’m not surprised that you didn’t enjoy the cookie after eliminating sugar. Like you, I no longer have the same tolerance for several of the foods I used to eat (and abuse).

      From some of the other comments you have made on other posts, you seem to enjoy a healthy lifestyle that is well-balanced. That’s fantastic 🙂

      I appreciate that you stopped by. Have a great week Donna.


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