Martine’s Success Story: Fitness Friends & MyFitnessPal

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Martine’s Success Story: Fitness Friends & MyFitnessPal

“I was the maid of honor in my cousin’s wedding and wore an emerald green sateen strapless dress with a diamond accent just below the bust line. To prepare, and hopefully look phenomenal, I started going to the gym. But by the time the wedding came, I was still obese in a size 24 strapless dress.”

Even though Martine had been going to the gym, she would complain about going, complain about being there, and leisurely work out on the elliptical — only to cut her workouts short and reward her efforts with pizza and ice cream. This wasn’t working, so it was time to change her approach. With the support of her boyfriend (now husband) and what she calls “fitness friends,” Martine was able to stay motivated, push through tough workouts, and adopt a whole new way of living.

But the gym was only half the battle. “I love delicious, fattening food, and I enjoy eating. But I figured if I was going to be skinny, I’d have to avoid all the foods I love. Could I really do that for an extended period of time?” Martine wondered. And that’s when she started using MyFitnessPal to count calories. “With this method, no food was completely cut out. I can still have all the taboo foods but stay within the calorie range the app created for me and not be hungry. I’ve had to prioritize what foods are worth the calories.” Plus, Martine loves how accessible MyFitnessPal is: “I can log ingredients while I’m cooking, I can find the food info for any meal at any restaurant, and I can connect with my friends instantly to see what each of us has eaten for the day—all of this makes it easier for me to maintain this lifestyle!”

The clothes got looser and looser, and Martine eventually revisited that strapless green dress only to find that it was far too big on her now. Talk about motivation! “After that, I wanted to keep going. I found workouts I loved — Zumba, kickboxing, yoga, spin and weight training — and made a lot of fitness focused friends in the process. I would spend most of my free time either at the gym, doing something physical, or with my fitness friends.”

And now she’s stronger than ever, is trying new things — trapeze lessons, anyone? — and has more confidence. She’s happy, has more energy and zest for life, and has a social life that centers on Zumba and Barre instead of drinks and dinner. “I’ve lost a total of 130 pounds, have gone from a size 26 to a size 4, and don’t want to go back to being a couch potato!”

Martine’s recent wedding pictures show a girl with arm definition, a girl who’s excited to show off her new self, a girl who confidently spent seven days in a bikini on her honeymoon, and a girl who’s had amazing weight loss success!

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56 responses to “Martine’s Success Story: Fitness Friends & MyFitnessPal”

  1. Avatar Carissa says:

    This is amazing and totally inspirational! Congrats to Martine!

  2. Avatar Jodi Marie Jebron says:

    Great job!

  3. Avatar Umhbchica says:

    Awesome Martine! You are truly an inspiration to me! I’ve been trying to lose weight for some time. All the apps I see want you “me” to go on Facebook and log…. I’m not a Facebook person so I don’t know how to add friends…. Anyway….your perseverance is my inspiration! Thanks a bunch!

    • Avatar ncfitbit says:

      With My Fitness Pal, you don’t have to link to Facebook. It is very easy to “add” friends with other My Fitness Pal users. I knew this app would help me log, but I never knew how helpful it would be to have a group of new friends on here with similar goals. I love my MFP friends! I just started in October and I’ve lost 15 pounds so far. Good luck on your journey!

  4. Avatar Blake says:

    AWESOME!! Such motivation!! How long did it take you? ^_^

  5. Avatar mrsartino says:

    Great job ! Ur looking GREAT!

  6. Avatar Fitmuslimah14 says:

    Great work. How long it took you from size 24 to 4?

  7. Avatar Detta says:

    Me and my husband started using fitness pal around May 2014. We have both lost a lot of weight and have learned a lot of ‘ good for you’ foods that are actually really ‘good’. He looks like a different person (around 80lbs less) and feels so much better! I have lost around 40 and started Zumba as well. I owe a lot of the credit to fitness pal! Just being held accountable makes a huge difference in all our choices! When ppl ask what we are doing I instantly suggest they get the fitness pal app! My sister and brother have also started using the app and are losing as well!! Even after we met our goal I believe we will always use fitness pal to keep us motivated and because now its as much fun to use as a game!! Love it!!

  8. Avatar Valerie says:

    Love this story! Very inspiring, thank you for sharing.

  9. Avatar nikki says:

    Amazing! I love this approach to a healthy weight. I just started using this app and I am feeling super positive and happy instead of the moods that come with all these extreme diets out there.

  10. Avatar TJ says:

    Yassssss slay! Give me life Martine! Xoxo TJ

  11. Avatar eliza says:

    I started using my fitness pal in January 2014 and by the beginning of may 2014 I had lost 25 lbs. A year later, with exercise and my fitness pal I have managed to keep the weight off! Currently I’m aiming to lose 15 lbs and I’ll finally reach my goal!!

  12. Avatar eliza says:

    I started using my fitness pal in January 2014 and by the beginning of may 2014 I had lost 25 lbs. A year later, with exercise and my fitness pal I have managed to keep the weight off! Currently I’m aiming to lose 15 lbs and I’ll finally reach my goal!!

  13. Avatar A Patton says:

    Love this story. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Avatar shriya says:

    This is amazing!! ☺very inspiring story! And congratulations for the wedding Martine! 🙂

  15. Avatar Martine Lo La says:

    Thank you everyone!

  16. Avatar Renee says:

    I’d love to know how long this took her.. I just started using this app and am excited to see what the future holds!

  17. Avatar Kim says:

    Congratulations. You look gorgeous. What a motivating story 🙂

  18. Avatar Guest says:

    Very well done to you Martine. You are an inspiration to us and I’m so pleased for you (even though I don’t know you). Thank you for sharing your story x

  19. Avatar Hannah Batchelder says:

    You look amazing! Great job. 😀

  20. Avatar Michele says:

    Awesome job!!!

  21. Avatar Nicole Benroth-Ricker says:

    This is AWESOME! Great work Martine! I started in your same position and am very determined to see it through. I am enjoying working out and have learned to control my calories while still enjoying favorites here and there. Thank you for telling your story and inspiring me…and many others!

  22. Avatar WorkingItOut says:

    Martine, not sure if if happened to you but for me with a 60 lbs weight loss so far over 6 months I am now more flabby. I have started do more weight training, resistance and boot camp style classes in addition to my cardio.
    If this happened to you, how did you deal with it and what things worked for you?

    • Avatar Martine Lo La says:

      I am blessed. I did a lot of weight training and a lot of yoga and Pilates. I credit that to not having that ‘bingo lady arm’ action. Stick with it. You can make a huge difference with working out. But unfortunately,it’s not perfect. But I see my extra skin as my battle scar.

      • Avatar Dena says:

        Did you have any issues with excess skin? I am afraid of that.

        • Avatar Laurie says:

          I lost 108 lbs. in a year once, and had no excess skin at all. I attribute that to drinking lots of water, eating really healthily (tons of fruit) and yes, the weight training and yoga along with lots of walking.

  23. Avatar D says:

    Wow, amazing! Were you able to tone it all through exercise or did you have to have surgery for excess skin? Sorry if that’a a personal question, but I was just wondering since I’m just starting out… Oh, and congratulations – on the weight loss, marriage, and new outlook on life! 🙂

    • Avatar Martine Lo La says:

      Thank you. I’m an open book, no worries on getting down to the naked truth. 🙂 It’s all exercise. The tummy region isn’t perfect but I call it my battle scar.

      Feel free to find me on mfp princessmartini

  24. Avatar Karen N says:


    I am almost crying just reading your story. I just got done eating, and I feel sick! I’m addicted to sugar, like a crackhead is addicted to crack! It’s a sad existence! It’s been a lifetime battle, and it’s made me live a very inactive, unmotivated life. I’m in my 50’s!! Sad!

    What has inspired me today is that you have toned your body and have “arm definition!” I thought that was impossible at my size!! I thought I’d NEVER look like I was “made” to look! You’ve been my little ray of sunshine today!

    Thank you for sharing your story. Thank you for inspiring us that have little to no inspiration!! ♥️

  25. Avatar Sheconda Pressley says:

    Awesome story and gives me motivation. While I only want to lose less than half of what you did I love hearing testimonies. Good job!!

  26. Avatar Catherine says:

    Congratulations! Inspiring! Thank you for sharing!!!

  27. Avatar Cridland says:

    Great job, Martine! I also managed significant weight loss (100 pounds total) over the period of a year. I found with food, that I couldn’t just “go on a diet,” I had to “change my diet,” but still make the healthy foods I’m now eating stuff that I enjoy (turkey sandwich instead of double cheeseburger, etc.). Now I’m working on resistance training. The best part? On the anniversary of starting a new fitness life, I competed in my first triathlon. I didn’t set any records, but completed the whole thing! Anyway, keep up the great work!

    • Avatar Martine Lo La says:

      That’s amazing. Congrats to youツ i love hearing from other people about their fitness journeys!!!!

  28. Avatar Martine Lo La says:

    Find me on mfp princessmartini

  29. Avatar Elizabella1982 says:

    I joined fitness pal about three weeks ago I have been staying within my calorie limit. I initially lost about 10 pounds but now I step on the scale and I see no change. I am getting married in August and I am terrified I will not loose the weight that I feel is enough to enjoy my wedding!!!

    • Avatar Bonnie Feldgreber-Feldman says:

      I have been tracking and doing Fitness Pal for three years and no change. It lets me know how much I am eating but no change.

  30. Avatar Martine Lo La says:

    Please find me on facebook : Stretched Thin
    And Instagram : stretched.thin

    I love all the love, support, and friendship!

  31. Avatar Greg Dahlen says:

    for a while now I’ve been pushing the masai diet. The Masai are a people in Kenya who are famous for living only on products from the cow: milk; beef; and blood that they extract from their cows without killing them. The Masai also follow an important rule: “If a man eats meat and drinks milk on the same day, he is a glutton.” Therefore every day, I, who follow the diet, have to choose whether it will be a milk day or a meat day (so far I haven’t found a source for blood.) While I like meat, I prefer milk, so basically I’ve been living on fluid milk products for the last six years. Most days I drink perhaps a gallon (3.5 liters) of some kind of milk, usually skim, and that’s all I eat or drink. Sometimes I have some cream, or half and half, or some other kind of milk: 1%, 2%, or whole. I have done very well on this diet, I am six feet, one inch and this morning weighed 151 pounds. On my last physical, my PCP told me I am in the top 3% of people my age healthwise, which I attribute to the diet (my PCP is very aware of my diet.) I believe this diet would be excellent for everyone, and am particularly interested to see if it might help people with various diseases, including biggies like cancer and AIDS, and have been pushing the medical establishment to test it.

  32. Avatar Martine Lo La says:

    My Fitness Magazine hit the shelves!! O M G

  33. Avatar bill says:

    Way to go Martine! What an accomplishment! It takes more than just the discipline required to exercise regularly and eat the right foods-you have to be AWARE of how MUCH you’re actually eating. We’ve gotten so accustomed to portion sizes that are MUCH larger than what we actually need, and of course if you want to lose a lot of weight, they have to be even smaller still. You also need to be aware that businesses are NOT trying to help you-how many restaurants now like to brag about unlimited fries!

  34. Avatar Pansie walker says:

    I am now 204 pounds wearing a size 16. Would really like to be back in my size10 again.

  35. Avatar Laurie says:

    Very proud of you, Martine – you look phenomenal! I’ve lost 47 since the New Year, but am only about half-way there. I believe I’ll get there, though! You must feel amazing, you sure look it!

    • Avatar Laurie says:

      Also, I liked what you said about figuring out which foods are worth the calories. If a food is calorie-dense, I try to make sure it is also nutrient dense as well. If not, it is definitely not worth it because it will make me sick in the long run. Only sugary foods I eat now are fruits as they made me feel great.

  36. Avatar Brandy Oliver says:

    I’ve been in a slump after gaining 80 lbs in the last two years. Part of what frustrates me is I feel like even if I lose the weight, I’ll never look fit. It makes me feel defeated before I even start.
    You look very fit! I’m a size 20. You made it from 24 to 6s and 4s?! That’s so incredible. I hope you don’t mind, but I’m going to put your photo on my bulletin board to remind myself that other people have done it, I should at least try!

  37. Avatar Mary Sonier says:

    Martine, that is awesome! I’ve used MyFitnessPal in the past, but found I was being sabotaged a bit by not have any support around me. Recently my husband decided to get serious about losing weight and I turned him on to the app. He is now learning to understand what is in the foods he loves and which ones are awful for his long-term goals. But I insist that he not cut out completely the foods he loves, just that he learn to take it in moderation, as you did. He is much happier with that. For me, I have learned that there are some things I cannot eat or have in the house at all. Those few foods just trigger something like an addictive reaction – I CANNOT stop at one serving. So I’ve focused on those things I love that don’t cause that reaction and I’m so much happier.

  38. Avatar Deanna Manns Boswell says:

    I need someone to tell me how to get over emotional eating. Most my issue is mental. I eat when I am down and/or lonely. Help….

    • Avatar Aundi Russell says:

      Have you considered a program for those struggling with eating disorders? Emily is well-known and comprehensive here in Seattle, and I think they are in Minnesota and Ohio as well.

  39. Avatar Bonnie Feldgreber-Feldman says:


  40. Avatar robinbishop34 says:

    Its amazing how excess weight distorts a person’s looks. There are tons of very attractive people that are hidden behind layers of flab. She looks so cute now.

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