Susan’s Keeping The Weight Off!

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Susan’s Keeping The Weight Off!

Susan Miller had been overweight her entire adult life. She worked out, but she was getting heavier and heavier. She developed health issues, and started to lose her ability to exercise. That’s when she finally decided to take control of the situation. Susan signed up for a program called Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD) and set an ambitious goal to lose 50 pounds. She not only hit that goal, she exceeded it–and lost a total of 85 pounds! (Talk about amazing!)

After her initial weight loss success, Susan turned to MyFitnessPal as a tool to maintain her new weight. She wanted to be able to log and track her daily food intake and exercise, and that’s exactly what MyFitnessPal did for her. “I appreciate the ease of MFP–the food database is extensive, and I can usually find the foods I’m looking for or enter them easily if they’re not in the database.” She added, “MyFitnessPal is fabulous! The calorie tracking allows me to spot trends early on.  When I see my weight creeping up, I can easily see what the cause of that is and quickly correct it! That has been huge for my success!”

Susan’s main obstacle has been the self-discipline of actually tracking everything she eats. “It can be tough to make it a habit, but it is essential if you’re going to be successful at this,” she said. “You just have to wake up each day with your intention and the discipline to follow through. When you miss a day or you make a bad food choice, you have to not let it get you down.” Susan has those days, but she also has the support of her husband. He encourages her new habits and is always there to remind her that he’ll still love her even if she gains the weight back.

She’s dedicated to this new lifestyle! Susan hasn’t gained the weight back, and says that she feels better than she has in years. Her health has improved, and she’s been taken aback by all the compliments her new, healthy body receives on a day-to-day basis.

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41 responses to “Susan’s Keeping The Weight Off!”

  1. Avatar Jessica says:

    Way to go Susan!! That’s amazing!!!Just started working out & making healthier choices and since jan 1 st already lost 16 Pds..thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  2. Avatar Stephen says:

    Great job! I lost 35 lbs and have been at my goal weight for about 4 months (through Thanksgiving and Holidays). I attribute that to logging on MFP. Paired with Fitbit I know how much exercise or food I need on a weekly basis. By having weekly goals, I can go over or under without worrying about gaining or losing too much. Each Monday I know what to expect and can still have a bonus night and extra snacks every once and awhile. In fact, prior to the superbowl, where I know I’ll want an extra few adult beverages, I plan on adding a few more exercise routines and banking some calories. MFP helps me enjoy everything I do and keeps me active and at a healthy weight. Susan is right!

  3. Avatar Alicia says:

    Awesome job!

  4. Avatar Malai says:

    Kudos to you Susan.

  5. Avatar PhatNinja says:

    Well done Susan! I’ve lost 52kg (115 pounds) over the last year and I can honestly say that I could not have done it without MyFitnessPal.

    • Avatar Pat Joseph says:

      Wow!! That’s great!! What workouts did you do? Did you eat low carb?

      • Avatar PhatNinja says:

        33yr old male, stuck to strict 1600 cals for 10 months, then 1800-2000 for the last 2 months. Worked out 3hrs a day for those 10months, consisting of 2.5hrs weight training (8-10 exercises, 4 x 12 reps) and then 30mins cardio, 5-6 times a week. I split my week into body groups (Mon legs, Tues chest, wed shoulders, thurs back, fri arms). Sometimes on saturdays if I was too sore, I would just do 1.5hrs cardio on the bike, aiming for 50km at a good steady pace.

        Last two months, did 1hr fasted cardio in the morning and 2hr weight training in the afternoon/night. Spaced meals 3hrs apart, plenty of protein, water and good fats. Stayed away from dairy and eggs. Only had 2 boiled eggs on Sunday and really minimised my bread (love bread!). No alcohol, caffeine or soft drinks either. Funny thing about weight loss is, you can’t just rule out carbs or fat. You need good fats to help burn fat! Gotta love the irony!

        If it weren’t for MyFitnessPal i would not have stuck to my goal of 1600 calories. It’s so easy to go for seconds, or grab an extra handful of nuts, especially after a gruelling workout. It really opened my eyes and taught me discipline, especially when you see how hard it is to lose 500 calories doing cardio and how easy it is to consume it!

  6. Avatar Jackie says:

    Great Susan started last week. Looking forward to seeing great results like you. Congrats

  7. Avatar glory says:

    Congratulations Susan. I love MFP

  8. Avatar fit-1 says:

    As a personal trainer great way to see calories and fitness you can do it blog

  9. Avatar Sharon says:

    Way to go Susan. When I started reading and saw your before pic I thought that could be me. I just started and hope to have, at the least, half your success. Thanks for sharing your story.

  10. Avatar Taylor says:

    congrats

  11. Avatar tracie says:

    I need to keep eating right. I have only lost 4 PD in 2 weeks . how do you keep up with wiil power to lose

    • Avatar Chelle says:

      Only??? That’s a fantastic loss. Keep doing what you’re doing and be patient – losing slowly will give you a better chance of keeping the weight off.

    • Avatar drina says:

      Hi Tracie… I am also new to MFP. I changed up everything and stayed within my calorie intake. 13 days I am down 11.4 lbs.. u can do it.. just don’t give up….

    • Avatar Michele L Knowles says:

      Four pounds you can kiss goodbye! Don’t compare yourself to anyone else. Just keep losing! You can do it!

  12. Avatar Mary says:

    I joined MFP about a week and 1/2ago. It is really fun. I’m using some if the weight watcher meals and learning to eat lots of vegies and some fruit! I set my goal at 50 lbs. and have list 5 lbs so far.

  13. Avatar Eva says:

    Very inspiring

  14. Avatar Lucia says:

    Phatninja…..How many calories are you eating to lose 115 lbs in one year?? Jessica….16 lbs. since January 1st. How do you do that?? I’ve lost 33 lbs. but this has taken me 8 months. Need to know your secrets.

    • Avatar Krystle says:

      I lost 5 and a half stone in a year. The key things for me were to eat lots of fruit and veg and aim for between 10-15k steps a day. I eat in a normal day at least 10 portions of fruit and veg. Drinking more helps too – water or herbal teas. 33lbs is really good going – well done! Slowly is best, so keep it up and you’ll keep it off! 🙂

    • Avatar julie says:

      I use calorie king to Find out how many calories to eat a day. It goes according to how much you weigh height and how active you are. Worked great for me. With fitness pal and that i lost 70 lbs in 5 months.

    • Avatar Renita says:

      I only do 1000 calories

    • Avatar PhatNinja says:

      33yr old male, stuck to strict 1600 cals for 10 months, then 1800-2000
      for the last 2 months. Worked out 3hrs a day for those 10months,
      consisting of 2.5hrs weight training (8-10 exercises, 4 x 12 reps) and
      then 30mins cardio, 5-6 times a week. I split my week into body groups
      (Mon legs, Tues chest, wed shoulders, thurs back, fri arms). Sometimes
      on saturdays if I was too sore, I would just do 1.5hrs cardio on the
      bike, aiming for 50km at a good steady pace.

      Last two months, did
      1hr fasted cardio in the morning and 2hr weight training in the
      afternoon/night. Spaced meals 3hrs apart, plenty of protein, water and
      good fats. Stayed away from dairy and eggs. Only had 2 boiled eggs on
      Sunday and really minimised my bread (love bread!). No alcohol, caffeine
      or soft drinks either. Funny thing about weight loss is, you can’t just
      rule out carbs or fat. You need good fats to help burn fat! Gotta love
      the irony!

      If it weren’t for MyFitnessPal i would not have stuck
      to my goal of 1600 calories. It’s so easy to go for seconds, or grab an
      extra handful of nuts, especially after a gruelling workout. It really
      opened my eyes and taught me discipline, especially when you see how
      hard it is to lose 500 calories doing cardio and how easy it is to
      consume it!

      Hope that helps!

  15. Avatar Fitnesspetite says:

    Amazing and very inspiring women with a good mind set

  16. Avatar Nobib67 says:

    CONGRATS SUSAN! I’ve started my healthy living 1/10/15 And have lost 4.3 lbs by eating a lot a fresh fruits and veggies. No soda’s and no junk food. Four outings at restaurants and two at the movies. I brought in a container of blueberries and blackberries and got a small popcorn no butter. My meals I had wraps or sandwiches on wheat with no mayo and a bowl of soup……My meals at home ….chicken in the crock pot with veggies, salad with grilled chicken and salmon. Hopes this can help someone.

  17. Avatar Sharon Frost says:

    Great job

  18. Avatar Tjone says:

    When I first started using mfp I lost 50Ibs inn 3 months. Then I got pregnant & gained it all back. I’ve been struggling the past year but I’m finally starting to get results again. This story is an inspiration for me & lets me know I can do it again

  19. Avatar Lisa says:

    Great job! I love reading successful stores they keep me motivated!

  20. Avatar bluezgurl says:

    Just joined.I have probably around 100lbs to lose.It will be a long journey! But I’m excited to start.

  21. Avatar Dominique says:

    You look awesome! So proud of you!

  22. Avatar Nikki says:

    Keep up the good work!Ive lost 24 pounds since December 3rd. Still 34 to go. Good luck everyone!

  23. Avatar Shannon says:

    Nice work, Susan! Inspiring!

  24. Avatar Claire says:

    This is such a great app. Been logging for the past two weeks and have lost 9lbs. Still got another ten to go. Sticking to 1200 cals per day (apart from Friday when I eat and drink too much!) also been jogging for 30 minutes 4-5 evenings per week. Seeing change but so far think the weight has come off my wrists and toes! Well done everyone!

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