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Weight Loss Wednesday: Teri Lost 176 lbs!

Name: Teri Stone
Height: 5′ 4.5″
Starting weight: 344 lbs
Current weight: 167.2 lbs
Pounds lost: 176.8 lbs.

How long did it take you to lose the weight? I began my journey in September of 2012, so it has been about a year and a half.

Lightbulb moment: I was house sitting for my sister, a week alone at the lake house. I had a lot of time for reflecting on my life. I was unemployed at the time and knew that I needed to find focus or I was in danger of becoming depressed. I had stopped smoking two months prior and decided that continuing on a path to health made sense. I told myself I would lose 150 pounds by my 35th birthday (I was about to turn 31 at the time.) I never imagined I would hit that goal in only a year!

How did you do it? Weight Watchers and exercise! I try to never criticize anyone’s choices but I am very proud to have lost the weight without surgery, shots, pills, starvation, or short cuts. Just healthy living.

I cannot speak highly enough of the Walk Away the Pounds videos by Leslie Sansone. They are a great way to ease into exercise but are deceptively effective! I began using her workouts my first week on Weight Watchers and stuck with them for 6 months before moving on to my current love, running. I am now running half- marathons!! I also do strength training several days a week. Don’t be afraid of weights, ladies!! And for anyone with a Wii, the NFL Training Camp game is fantastic! I really try to incorporate variety into my workouts to avoid burnout while keeping my body guessing.

I love to stress that I have never stepped foot in a gym. I am not anti-gym at all, but when I started this journey I was on unemployment and could not afford a gym membership. I committed to working out at home & outdoors. I decided to not join a gym after finding employment to show others that they could lose weight without it. Gyms can be intimidating for some, not to mention pricey. That can end up being an excuse for not getting fit. I am here to say: NO EXCUSES!!

What was the biggest challenge you faced? How did you overcome it? My biggest challenge right now is dealing with others who feel the need to comment on my weight loss in a negative way. I pride myself on living a very healthy lifestyle and having a goal of a healthy weight, not being “skinny”. I am far from too thin but I get frequent comments like, “How much are you gonna lose?” Or “Don’t get too skinny!” I have to remind myself that I am healthy and have healthy goals, and that this journey is mine. I don’t need to justify my lifestyle to anyone else.

What was the single thing that helped you most along the way, especially when things got tough? I began keeping a weight loss journal my first week of Weight Watchers. I write in it on my weekly weigh in days, and I note any workout progress/achievements. I will go back and read older entries when I am feeling frustrated, which gives me perspective on how far I have come and how much I have truly accomplished.

How has your life changed since losing the weight? I am so much more confident and outgoing! Rather than hiding at home, I look for reasons to go out. I am also more efficient at work, and I never feel overly stressed because the exercise keeps stress at bay. Also, I can’t overstate how great it feels to know I can shop at any store and find clothes that fit!

Exercise routine: Weather permitting I run 13 miles on Saturdays and 6-10 miles on Sundays. I try to work in a shorter ( 1 hour) runs mid-week as well. On the other days I do strength training ( On Demand on cable has great free personal training workouts!). I also do tabatta interval training once or twice a week. Fridays are my rest days and I take that seriously. I don’t do so much as a sit-up.

Favorite quick lunch: hummus with carrots & celery, and a turkey flatbread sandwich with spinach, tomatoes, onions, and mustard.

Favorite grab and go snack: Apples. I love apples :)

Favorite dinner: grilled chicken with stir fried onions, tri color peppers, banana peppers, diced tomatoes, and hot sauce.

Advice for someone just starting: Don’t try to do everything at once! You will get overwhelmed. Find one exercise you love and stick with it. You have plenty of time to add variety. And don’t use the d-word: diet. That implies a temporary thing, but you are making permanent lifestyle changes.

Anything else you would like to share: If I was able to get up and exercise at 344 pounds, it is possible for anyone. You will be amazed at the things your body can accomplish if you only let it!

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8 Response to Weight Loss Wednesday: Teri Lost 176 lbs!

  1. Teri Stone on April 9, 2014

    Thanks Shelly! If even one person can get some motivation from my story then it is all worth it! :)

  2. Lisa Cassidy on April 9, 2014

    What a fantastic story. You have changed your future from one full of weight-related chronic diseases to one of health and vitality. How absolutely fantastic. I’m guessing that the negative comments come from envy. People sometimes don’t like it when other people make positive changes, especially if it is a change that they wish they could make for themselves. And congratulations on the half marathons. I just started running a month ago, and I am training for my first half marathon in November!

    • Teri Stone on April 9, 2014

      Thanks for the kind words. And kudos to the running! Good luck with your training. Running is my ultimate stress relief!

  3. mellissa on April 9, 2014

    Hi Teri,

    Congratulations! Do you have a blog to follow? I am going to check out the youtube videos you recommended! Thanks for the inspiration. I am embarking on my own journey!

    • Teri Stone on April 9, 2014

      Thanks so much! I don’t have a blog, though a few folks have suggested I should. I hope you are able to check out some of the Leslie Sansone videos and/or the on demand workouts. (Amazon has walk away the pounds videos at very cheap prices!). I wish you the best on your journey. That first step is the hardest but the rewards that follow are SO worth it!

  4. mellissa on April 9, 2014

    Opps not youtube videos, sorry.

  5. Alexis {Diva on a Diet} on April 11, 2014

    Congrats! That is awesome! I too never joined a gym, and also wanted to show people it was possible without it! This year I started going to a dance studio to take classes there, but it’s so NOT THE GYM! It’s just fun and worth my money! And I heard that whole “you don’t need to lose any more weight, you’re gonna melt away, etc” stuff from some people. It’s as if they are validating their own issues with weight by not wanting you to be smaller than them? Or maybe they think it’s a compliment? I’m not sure. But anyway, it sounds like you, my dear have a healthy attitude now and I’m sure you feel as amazing as you look!

    • Teri Stone on April 11, 2014

      Thanks so much! I absolutely do feel amazing! It is stunning how you don’t realize how truly bad you feel until you feel good, if that makes sense :)


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