Down 158 Lbs., Lindsay Shares Her 10 Best Weight-Loss Tips!

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8/25/2013 12:00 AM   :  147 comments   :  61,813 Views

Lindsay Pobieglo (LPOBIEGLO)
Weight Lost: 158 pounds
Hometown: Mesa, AZ
Occupation: Risk Management Program Manager
 
What was life like before your weight loss?
I began slowly gaining weight at the age of 18.  My parents separated when I was 17 and I was stuck in the middle.  I went to food for comfort.  After the dust settled, I was addicted to food and I was settled into that lifestyle. Life was plain.  I went to work, came home, ate, watched TV and then went to bed- day after day.  I missed out on lake trips, sporting events and other activities due to my weight.
 
What was the main motivation behind your weight loss?
My initial motivation to lose weight came in 2008. When my daughter was two, the entire family went to a pumpkin festival.  There was a child's ride, similar to the Dumbo ride at Disneyland, which she really wanted to ride.  As we were about to go on, I was told that there was a weight limit to the cars since they went up in the air.  I alone exceeded the weight limit.  My sister-in-law had to take my daughter on the ride.  I was devastated.
 
My biggest and final motivation came when my co-worker signed up for an at-work weight loss competition.  She wanted support and asked if I would join her.  I refused.  When she asked why, I responded: "I don't want anyone to know how much I weigh".  She quickly retorted: "If it bothers you that much, shouldn't you do something about it?”  That was it.  I realized she was right.
 
Tell us a bit about your weight loss journey:
It all started with the 12 week, at-work weight loss competition in January of 2008.  I lost nine pounds the first week and I was EXCITED!  By the end of the 12 weeks, I came in second place and I lost a total of 58 pounds.  Even though I came in second, I won more than anyone could have known.  That competition gave me the courage, motivation, and willpower to finally take control of what had been out of control for so long. I joined SparkPeople in March 2008.  SparkPeople showed many healthy food choices including new ways to cook at home as well as possibilities for work lunches.  I joined several groups that helped me with questions, concerns, or low moments and helped celebrate the high moments.  SparkPeople was a CRUCIAL part of my weight loss success.  I utilized the tracking tools which illustrated what I truly ate each day.  I learned true portions by measuring pretty much everything.  The exercise tracking tool helped me achieve my daily calorie burn and, more importantly, showed my progress.  I've "met" (online) so many people who helped me mentally and physically.  Being able to talk to fellow Sparkers eases your mind, knowing that someone else understands what you are going through.  You have others to celebrate with and also ask questions and advice when a plateau is reached.  One of my absolute favorite programs is the buddy accountability program.  You have a single person that you can count on to keep you accountable to reach your goals.
 
By July 2008, I had lost 100 pounds.  I was on a roll!  Nothing could stop me from getting to my goal. Then, in November of 2008, I learned I was pregnant with my second child.  I was actually shocked and afraid.  It took me more than seven years to become pregnant with my first child (due to being overweight).  How could this happen?  Well, my body was functioning how it should and it just happened. My son was born in July 2009.  My pregnancy was healthy and just perfect.  I took the knowledge from leading a healthy lifestyle and applied it to the pregnancy.
 
I finally reached losing more than half myself in January of 2010.
 
What is your typical exercise routine like?
I typically exercise five days a week, switching between running, biking, weight training and swimming.  Weekends are spent with my family and we’re pretty active.  We enjoy going to the Phoenix Zoo, swimming in our pool and bike rides.
 
In what ways have your eating habits changed?
Before, my husband and I would typically eat fast food all of the time- sometimes for every meal of the day!  I loved soda as well.  Today, my diet consists of lean meats, lots of fresh fruits and veggies, unsweetened iced tea and water. 
 
What advice would you give to someone either just beginning or hitting a rough patch in their weight loss journey?
Here are my “Top Ten Tips” for others who would like to achieve weight loss success:
 
1.  Slow and steady wins the race. 
 
2.  Don't think of food as a way to feed your body but to fuel your body. 
 
3.  Log your food including condiments, butters, oils and drinks.  The only way to gauge how you are doing is logging.
 
4.  Don't obsess with the scale.  Gauge how you are doing two ways:  how your clothes fit and your overall well-being.
 
5.  An apple a day, at minimum, is a fast and easy snack and keeps you full until the next meal.
 
6.  Get up and move at least 10 minutes per day: garden, go for a walk, climb stairs, etc.
 
7.  Even the busiest person can find time for exercise, sometimes creativity is called for!  Take your exercise clothes to work and go for a walk, jog or run. (This is my biggest secret to success)
 
8.  Take an hour on Sunday to prepare food for the week.  For example, cut up greens and veggies for salad, measure veggies into baggies or plastic containers.  Failure to plan is a plan to fail.  Nutrition is key to your weight loss success.
 
9.  If you work in an office, here are some tricks to fit in additional calorie burn:  take the stairs versus the elevator, walk over and speak personally with a co-worker rather than phone or email, park further out, organize a walking group - meet on breaks and take a stroll, get up once in a while and stretch.
 
10.  Most importantly, love yourself and be positive.  Take each day as it comes.  If you have a "bad" day, move on to the next!
 
How has your life changed since losing weight and improving your health?
Today, I'm trimming and toning and working on weight loss maintenance.  Everything in my life is 110% better.  I can think clearer which has improved my work abilities.  I've excelled at my job since I have gained confidence. I've ran in two half marathons and taken up biking.  My husband and I share a passion for running and biking.  We couldn't be a closer couple. I feel like a trillion bucks!
 
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Comments

  • 97
    Losing that much weight, you probably have loose skin. When I lost 70lbs before I had a lot of lose skin and sometimes I felt uglier with that than being fat. What are you doing to help with that?!? And Congratulations! - 9/1/2013   9:00:41 AM
  • KAUSHALTHEGURU
    96
    :) happy for you

    pray for me too
    - 9/1/2013   3:05:23 AM
  • DEBZINEY
    95
    i am so happy for you and you've really motivated me to be more vigilant :) - 9/1/2013   2:31:11 AM
  • 94
    That is fantastic. I'm having enough trouble just losing 25 pounds or so. I had lost 28 and only had 10 or so more to go when I blew it and now I'm trying to get back on track. I don't know how you did it and losing 158 pounds on top of it. God Bless you....... - 8/31/2013   8:07:40 PM
  • GRADEA3
    93
    Lindsay you look amazing. I am on the road but sometimes I hit a rock in the road. I need to lose 130 lbs. as I have health problems that would be reduced or eliminated. With all the physical limits exercise can be difficult if not impossible sometimes. Yeah I sometimes use my health as an excuse but I really need to start getting things right. Thanks for your tips. God bless you and thank you. - 8/31/2013   7:19:17 PM
  • 92
    What a wonderful accomplishment! Great tips, too. - 8/31/2013   7:03:04 PM
  • SONYASK1
    91
    What a wonderful storey, well done, what an inspiration you are.
    - 8/31/2013   4:31:33 PM
  • AKOSUA1
    90
    Thanks for sharing! Getting back on track!
    - 8/31/2013   3:02:23 PM
  • 89
    Amazing Lindsay! Thanks for sharing. - 8/31/2013   1:47:10 PM
  • QUEENYRES
    88
    Amazing Lindsay!!! I am in the process of elimiating the same amount as you. So far I have eliminated a little over 30 pounds in 4 months. I love your number 2 tip. Think of food as fuel for my body not food. Keep up the good work. - 8/30/2013   3:46:02 PM
  • 87
    You look great and congratulations on your weight loss. Reading your story gives me motivation to keep going because I see that it truly can be done. I am working on losing the amount you have lost. - 8/30/2013   3:33:04 PM
  • IRISVIOLETA
    86
    You look amazing, but not everybody has the determination and stamina to work out. I am 62. I have recently a complete hip replacement. I watch what I eat and work out within my limitation and still have not lose weight. What can I do to lose weight? - 8/30/2013   2:00:58 PM
  • 85
    Your success is amazing! You lost the same amount of weight that I need to lose. I wish you continued success in your journey :) Its a real inspiration! - 8/30/2013   6:18:12 AM
  • TAURAPARNELL
    84
    It is so wonderful to hear of your success and I pray that you will continue to have even more success in all that do in life. I'm commenting because I was reading your story and your tips are exactly identical to mine as I was in prayer this morning. I just want you to know that I will be praying with/for you & cheering U on! - 8/29/2013   6:43:09 PM
  • TAURAPARNELL
    83
    It is so wonderful to hear of your success and I pray that you will continue to have even more success in all that do in life. I'm commenting because I was reading your story and your tips are exactly identical to mine as I was in prayer this morning. I just want you to know that I will be praying with/for you & cheering U on! - 8/29/2013   6:43:09 PM
  • 82
    Thank you for being so encouraging. Here`s to your continued success. - 8/29/2013   2:27:49 PM
  • 81
    Well done! Really enjoyed reading about your journey to health ! - 8/29/2013   11:28:55 AM
  • ANGELAMCMILLAN4
    80
    Well done xxx
    - 8/29/2013   9:30:14 AM
  • 79
    You look awesome!! Thank you for the inspiration! - 8/28/2013   1:33:55 PM
  • 78
    Congratulations! It is great feeling to have mastered the food demon. Yay!!!
    I am right with you losing 155 +/- pounds myself. It took me a lot of attempts to get it right and keep it off, but so so so so glad I tried one-more-time! (and I am grateful and lucky to have SP and other online support.).

    You look great, btw! - 8/28/2013   1:10:53 PM
  • DELLMEL
    77
    Thanks for sharing your story. I needed that today to get back on track. I have been off for almost two weeks. Alot to do with stress and death in the family. No excuse I know but I really needed this to get back. - 8/28/2013   9:11:24 AM
  • 76
    What an amazing transformation! Thank you for sharing your story. - 8/28/2013   7:20:34 AM
  • 75
    Thank you for the encouraging words I have been doing this for 40 years and its very challenging I still don't seem to be fully commitment. I hope to be where you are one day. Hopeful - 8/27/2013   10:09:38 PM
  • DQSHOES
    74
    Thanks for sharing your story. - 8/27/2013   9:50:28 PM
  • 73
    You did great and thank you for sharing! - 8/27/2013   7:28:11 PM
  • 72
    Inspiring! Thanks!
    - 8/27/2013   6:38:04 PM
  • 71
    What's even more remarkable than losing so much weight is having kept it off for nearly 4 years. Cudos!! Weight maintenance has always been my downfall. Thanks for sharing your story! :) - 8/27/2013   6:11:13 PM
  • 70
    Thank you I needed to read this today,, thanks - 8/27/2013   5:22:32 PM
  • 69
    Awesome! - 8/27/2013   4:49:22 PM
  • 68
    Very inspiring story, and very realistic tips. Thanks for sharing your story & the tips. Your 'now' photo looks awesome! Congrats on your weight loss & your life style gains! - 8/27/2013   3:58:25 PM
  • ORBIT9
    67
    Awesome story to inspire me lost my last 20 lbs...
    - 8/27/2013   1:06:12 PM
  • 66
    Awesome accomplishment and insights! I looked at your tracker and had a question - your carbs are usually 100g a day or less, I'm wondering if you consider your eating plan to be low-carb or not? - 8/27/2013   1:04:48 PM
  • FELICIAS47
    65
    Thanks Lindsay for the post, I needed that push to get me going. :D - 8/27/2013   12:47:06 PM
  • 64
    Although I walk everyday, I still feel resistance to doing more. Lindsay inspires me to just move through that resistance just do it. Thanks! - 8/27/2013   12:15:19 PM
  • 63
    That is a awesome story and keep up the good work. Knowing that you have achieve gives us all encouragement. Thank you - 8/27/2013   11:44:00 AM
  • MOBO16
    62
    What a great story. I now realize at the age of 57 that I need to fuel my body for optimum health. Years ago, I lost weight solely for others, particulary the male species would find me more attractive. That didn't work and now am on a great path of optimum health. - 8/27/2013   11:16:47 AM
  • MRICHARD1961
    61
    Wow!!! You've given me great hope at a time when I've been ready to give up! Thanks! - 8/27/2013   10:48:23 AM
  • 60
    CONGRATS!!!! You are an inspiration to many!!! Thank you for sharing your journey with us.......best wishes as you continue on - 8/27/2013   9:29:20 AM
  • 59
    Congrats! What an amazing example of a true life change. I have 150 pounds to lose as well. Reading your story gives me hope that it is possible. Thank you. - 8/27/2013   9:10:17 AM
  • KELLYGMOMMA
    58
    You made my day girl! So happy for you & thank you for helping us by sharing! - 8/27/2013   9:01:08 AM
  • 57
    Way to go! - 8/27/2013   7:55:23 AM
  • 56
    Congratulations! And thanks for the reminder that weight management is not just one thing but a combination of strategies. - 8/27/2013   7:03:27 AM
  • 55
    Thanks for sharing Lindsay, very inspirational! Edna - 8/27/2013   4:45:33 AM
  • 54
    Thanks for the story and the tips. I have to remember that slow and steady wins the race. - 8/26/2013   9:17:52 PM
  • 53
    Way to go. Thank you for sharing - 8/26/2013   4:44:56 PM
  • JMARTINS5
    52
    Thanks for the inspiration! I'm just beginning my journey and have only lost 4 lbs, but listening to the joy of your success is one thing that will definitely encourage me to continue going!! I will use you 10 tips to success along the way... thanks again!! - 8/26/2013   1:56:58 PM
  • 51
    I really appreciated your story. I'm getting fairly close to my goal and I'm learning to accept that the weight comes off slower at the end. You look amazing but it's your comments about your job, your activity level, your thinking abilities, and your relationship with your husband that are the best parts of living a healthy lifestyle. There are skinny people who aren't healthy so good for you! - 8/26/2013   12:25:37 PM
  • NUNAB1
    50
    That was an Amazing and inspirational story thank you so much for sharing it with everyone..... - 8/26/2013   9:53:08 AM
  • 49
    Way 2 go! Thankz 4 sharing! - 8/26/2013   9:42:00 AM
  • 48
    Congrats on your weight loss! You look fantastic!
    - 8/26/2013   9:01:10 AM

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