She Lost 215 Pounds With This Mantra: ‘Weight Loss Isn’t Linear’

by Kim Westerman
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She Lost 215 Pounds With This Mantra: ‘Weight Loss Isn’t Linear’

As if being a mother of twins wasn’t hard enough, Roxanne Crozier was finding it harder and harder to make time to take care of herself. At the beginning of last year, she was knee-deep in looking after her 2 year olds and paying less attention to her own health as her habits had slipped. At her peak, she weighed 360 pounds.

Everything changed when a big health scare prompted her to hit the reset button.

One day, in January 2016, the Springfield, Missouri-based stay-at-home mom noticed a strange rash on the back of her hand. After Googling frantically to identify the cause, she quickly became convinced that it was a sign of diabetes, which runs in her family — her father and maternal grandmother have Type II diabetes, as did her late uncle. Crozier was 28 at the time and was afraid she would be diagnosed next. That was enough of a scare to make a change.

Her strategy was to consult the internet for the best food-diary apps, and most of the resources she found identified MyFitnessPal as a favorite. So Crozier took the plunge and understood the benefits immediately. She quickly found herself in the habit of logging her food intake. It wasn’t easy — and she knew her eating habits would need a rethink — but she used that as tool for daily motivation and focus. She began entering her own recipes, which allowed her to know, with relative certainty, how many calories were in each of her meals.

“Once I had my standard meals loaded in the app, I didn’t have to worry about tracking the math,” she explains.

As Crozier started making smarter decisions about her food, the weight started to come off, but the bigger challenge was making changes to her habits, which she admits were the cause of her weight.


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One was accountability. Whereas she really had no system at the outset, she made a decision to crowd-source her choices to keep her honest. She began to take photos of all her meals and posted them in various Facebook groups.

“Arranging my food on the plate, mindfully, in turn makes me eat mindfully, and really [makes me] put thought into what I’m eating and how much,” she explains. “You eat with your eyes first. I’m able to really slow down and think about the nutrition in the food I’m eating, since I eat to live instead of live to eat. It helps lessen my stress because I’m not left with charting after I eat or accidentally going beyond my calorie range.”

Her husband also helped keep her focused, going so far to diet with her (and losing 90 pounds of his own) and playing “guinea pig,” and she puts it, with the recipes she tweaked to make them healthier.

Another new habit was committing to exercise. For the past nine months, she has enlisted the help of a friend as a workout buddy, which has helped keep her going strong. For Crozier, it’s as simple as walking. She says she started by “hobbling down the driveway and back, and now a friend and I walk 4–9, or more, miles twice a week.”

“If the scale says something annoying, I just stick my tongue out at it and go about my day.”

Finally, she took control of her urges. Whereas previously she would give in to her cravings, she developed a new strategy to control the hunger.

“If the need to binge comes over me, I remind myself how far I’ve come and how much I do not want to [be at] my previous weight,” she says. “I also remind myself that it’ll be ‘a minute on the lips but longer on the hips.’”

If she has any calories left to consume, she might indulge in a cookie or a little ice cream, and it hasn’t derailed her yet. She also keeps healthier versions of snacks around for when those moments arise.

Today, Crozier has lost 215 pounds and recently hit her goal weight of 145. She’s gone from a size 4X to a small in less than 18 months. It’s been an amazing journey (which she has documented on her Instagram account), but not without its obstacles. Her biggest challenges came on the days when she stepped on the scale and her weight went up, not down.

“I’d put so much work into balancing my food and exercise, and that little number might still be bigger on weigh-in day,” she recalls. “Instead, now I go by how my clothes fit and I feel, and if the scale says something annoying, I just stick my tongue out at it and go about my day.”

Crozier considers herself lucky to have had support from family, local friends and the remote pals she’s made on social media. MyFitnessPal was just a part of it — she credits it with helping take the guesswork out of keeping a food diary. But the big revelation was that losing weight isn’t a zero-sum game.

“Along the way, I realized that weight loss isn’t linear,” she says, “that there would be ups and downs, and that I shouldn’t put so much stock into what the scale says.”

If you’re wondering about the rash, that ended up fine, too. Crozier got herself checked out and it turned out it was just a skin irritation from cold air. “I’m glad I was paranoid enough to think it was something worse, though,” she says, “or I wouldn’t be where I am.”

Where she is today is her biggest victory: She turned 30 last month, and she’s in the best shape of her life.

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  • DLC

    To look at her now, I would never guess the point she started from and how far she’s come. Incredible and very motivational!

    • Roxanne Crozier

      Thanks!

  • pm

    Wow you look great…I’m diabetic and 55 and can’t get the motivation to get started. I have gained/lost/gain/ lost and gained…I’m so tired of trying…But I want to say congrats to you…Your beautiful

    • Roxanne Crozier

      Thank you!

  • digalas

    I don’t understand how someone loses 215 lbs in 18 months in a healthy way. I think it’s great that she feels so good but I worry that this sets unrealistic expectations for others. Even losing 100+ lbs in the last year like her instagram says seems super crazy given that she must have gone from like 250 to 145 pounds.
    If she had some kind of surgery I think that’s totally okay and seems more realistic with this kind of super dramatic weight loss.

    But as all those poor folks who went on Biggest Loser and had major health problems afterwards know, this just isn’t a healthy example!

    • Lala

      Not that crazy. Do the math!
      215/18= 11,94 lbs per Month. Lets Say 12 for simplified math : So “only” 3 lbs per week. Considering how fat she was, its realistic.

      • digalas

        Yeah, Lala, I was thinking the same thing until I saw that 100+ lbs of that happened in the first 6 months and the other 100+ in the last year, how does someone continue to lose weight at that rate when they get anywhere near their goal weight?
        Well, she eats like 1200 calories a day. Maybe she exercises like crazy?

        • Roxanne Crozier

          Actually I eat 1,700 calories a day right now and I don’t exercise like crazy. It took me six months to lose that last 30 pounds, whereas the other 70 of that last 100 came off the 6 months prior.

          • Ashley Wells

            three pounds a week is totally reasonable and the amount of time it took her to do is similar to what I have experienced and other people I have spoken with.

            It is also typical that people disbelieve in it.

            Usually because they cannot put the hard work in themselves and anyone elses’ ability to do so seems implausible, to save their ego.

          • MISHAROZ

            I’m 5’2″ at 165 … getting down to that 130-145 range is my goal. to hear you say it took six months to lose that last 30 pounds., You are helping to gauge my expectations realistically and I really like that. Thank you. I am eating 1200 calories and exercising as much as possible without hurting myself 🙂

          • 4PamB

            Hi Roxanne. You look fabulous. Congratulations on your hard work! Would you say walking is the majority of your excercising? If yes, I really need to get going. Thank you for your inspirational story. Very happy for your success.

          • Sharon Ford

            Was it calorie counting primarily? How did you do it!? Everyone I think I can’t, I’m gonna read this article! Thank you, Roxanne, for sharing your story!

    • Beavis

      When you’re morbidly obese you’ll lose a lot of weight in the first few months. As your body fat decreases, losing weight will slow down the closer you get to your goal.

      • digalas

        Totally. I agree completely. Which is why I’m so perplexed about how she lost so much weight in the last year. She’s gotten pretty thin. Her weight loss must have slowed down SOOOOOO much over the last 3-6 months. That’s where that last 100 lbs throws me off.

        • Roxanne Crozier

          It took me six months to lose the last 30. The last pound took a month and a half.

        • Maria Ladd

          Roxanne has done an amazing job and what many people, including myself find difficult – doing it consistently over the long haul. Weight loss of such a magnitude is a personal journey and Roxanne did it her way. Congratulations to her and everyone who has taken off such a tremendous amount of weight.

    • AJ

      Also when you have a lot of weight to lose it can come off quickly, initially, especially when your body requires so many more calories to maintain a heavier weight. And honestly the people on Biggest Loser were dropping 10-20 pounds per week- which is NOT healthy. She commented that she lost 70 pounds in six months that’s still 3 pounds a week. 1-2 is the recommendation so three is NOT unreasonable..

  • Julius Lemonhead

    A veritable Matryoshka doll, fantastic achievement, and thanks to MyfitnessPal we all can all find our most inner self.

    • Roxanne Crozier

      Thank you!!

      • Julius Lemonhead

        You’re welcome 🙂

  • Kitty

    You look amazing Roxanne,congratulations!Do you have any favorite recipes,that you could share?

    • Roxanne Crozier

      Thank you! I’m always cooking different things because I don’t like monotony but everything I’ve tried from Skinnytaste and Emily Bites has been amazing.

      • Kitty

        Thank you,I’ll check them out.

  • Ashley Wells

    what an incredible inspiration

    • Roxanne Crozier

      Thanks!!

  • Roxanne Crozier

    Thanks Kim! <3

  • Laura Harlow

    Your weight loss journey is truly inspirational and I appreciate your honesty. It really isn’t linear and even if is maintaining a goal weight is also a feat especially post menopause.

    • Roxanne Crozier

      It definitely isn’t. Thanks!

  • Ning T

    Congrats, this and other articles on here have been very inspirational.

    • Roxanne Crozier

      Thanks!

  • Cat

    Wow, great work, Roxanne! That’s awesome… you’re an inspiration to us all.

    • Roxanne Crozier

      Thank you!

  • Roxanne Crozier

    Thank you!

  • Barbara Stacey

    What a great example you are for anyone looking to make a change, and more importantly, for your children! You go girl!

  • Stephanie Bingham-Lampman

    Holy cow!!! You look positively amazing!! Thanks so much for this motivation!!

  • Mukul Gupta

    amazing story !! you inspired me today 😀

  • Laura Ellsworth

    So awesome – you look great and even better you must feel great. I just started up again with My Fitness Pal because even though I work out nearly everyday my eating has been out of control so my weight is at it’s highest. You inspire me – good job!

  • Laura Smith

    Roxanne, what an inspiration!
    I worked hard for 6 months last summer and lost 40 pounds, but stupidly I thought that I could eat what I wanted while on vacation then go right back to my healthy eating when I came home. Unfortunately I kept coming up with excuses to not return to my plan. As you can imagine, I gained all that I had lost. I can definitely feel the effects on my body. Now I am trying to re-motivate myself to start again. How do you stay motivated for the long haul?

  • Dj Horton

    Wow that’s really great. Congratulations!!

  • robinbishop34

    Great job… look really cute now!

  • StaczLu

    You are an inspiration Roxanne. I too am a mother of twins (who just turned 4!) and as you know.. it’s extremely busy (and exhausting!). Like you, I didn’t take time to take care of me and the weight has added up. I hate looking in the mirror because I have packed on 60 lbs.. nothing looks good on me, etc. I just started going back to the gym 2 weeks ago to get my “old self” back. The scale has not moved for me yet and it is SO frustrating. It was great reading your post and has inspired me to keep at it. Thank you!

    • K Rowe

      Increase your water intake. Sometimes it is just drinking a little more water a day that makes the difference.

  • Deena Christopher

    I was wondering if you have excess skin and did you have it removed?

  • The Fisherman’s Wife

    I am not one for posting in the comments section but I had to break that preference to say congrats to Roxanne on this huge and difficult accomplishment. What an incredible story. You are an inspiration!

  • Allison Osburn

    I just came across this! What an inspiration!

  • Teresa

    So proud of you Roxanne, your story is so encouraging!