Learned To Lose 59 Pounds Weight Loss Success Story
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a first grade teacher, it was Ellen Murphys job to educate. But when it came to
her health, the out of shape working mom had a few lessons of her own to
learn... starting with weight management.
After failing at one fad diet after another,
Ellen, 32, realized she needed a weight loss program with class... one that
would school her on the ins and outs of healthy living. She figured that with
the right instruction, she could make the grade -- and she was correct.
Since joining eDiets last January, Ellen
has earned a gold star in weight loss. Shes gone from 190 to 131 pounds; thats
59 pounds peeled from her 54" figure over the last year. Shes also dropped 5
sizes, going from an 18 to an 8.
Ellen is ecstatic -- she hadnt worn
single-digit sizes since middle school. But that changed after she became an
official eDiets member.
At her highest weight, Ellen recalls
feeling tired, fat, lazy and rundown. Even though she wasnt depressed
about being overweight, it was always on her mind.
It must have affected me enough to
talk about it all the time, but I still didnt do anything about it,
she tells eDiets from her California home. It was like, Ill
talk about it, but Ill have that extra doughnut anyway.
After an eDiets banner caught her eye last
January, Ellen resolved to stop talking the talk and start walking the walk.
Fed up with being overweight, she examined her options. She didnt want to
fork out big bucks to attend a brick-and-mortar plan, especially since she had
to balance working fulltime with being a wife and a mother to husband John and
daughter Kathy, now 2.
While browsing through the eDiets
site, Ellen quickly realized how affordable and convenient the online weight
loss program was. Ellen didnt have time for the pain of weekly meetings or
weigh-ins at a diet center. Of course, with eDiets, she could get all of the
perks of the program without ever leaving home. From the personalized meal plan
to the detailed shopping lists, everything she needed was a click away.
I checked it out and told my husband
that I wanted to do this, Ellen says. I figured if it didnt
work, I didnt have to continue. And it was only $35 for three months. He
said OK, and I lost 10 pounds the first month.
Ellens biggest problems: tackling her
weakness for sweets and overcoming her lack of portion control. Together, these
two vices had packed on the pounds. For Ellen, following the direction of the
meal plan was key to her success.
Dividing her meals between frozen entrees
and original eDiets recipes fit Ellens lifestyle to a T. When she was
short on time, she could simply pop a Lean Cuisine in the microwave. If the
store didnt have the particular meal she was looking for, she could
simply substitute another frozen meal in the same fat and calorie range.
To save time in the evenings, Ellen would
prepare recipe-based meals the night before.
It was an ideal trade-off since less time
in the kitchen meant more time for exercise. Instead of trying to juggle her
role of mother with her fitness routine, Ellen would wait until her daughter
was sound asleep. She'd then slip into her exercise clothes, pop a workout
video in the VCR and get physical.
The month I started, I was walking a
lot," she says. "I was constantly going out and taking my daughter for a walk.
It was hard at first... I was huffing and puffing. But then I started walking
harder and faster.
Although she started out slow, Ellen can
now peddle her bike two miles to the park and two miles back with no problem.
In addition to video workouts, she also uses the animated toning exercises
provided by eDiets.
Regular exercise has worked wonders
for Ellen. Not only did it tone her muscles, but it also gave her the energy
boost she lacked for so long.
The entire weight loss process has been a
learning experience for this determined dieter, who now practices portion
control when dining out, avoids fried foods, skips sodas and eats breakfast
every day. She's even made it through the holidays without gaining so much as a
I didnt gain... I didnt
lose... I did really well," she says. "Ive been good around sweets.
Ive limited myself. My husband eats all the chocolate. Ive put it
in his office, so I dont see it. Sometimes when there is stuff out,
Ill eat one out of the whole box.
I always make sure I look at the
back. When two pieces equal 300 calories, I dont think so. I just
wont eat those. I think this Christmas I will do well.
Even if she does have a slip every now and
then, Ellen says its by no means the end of her weight loss world. She
simply picks herself up and starts all over again.
There are times when I dont eat
healthy, and I feel bad about it," she admits. "But its just one day and
you can go back to your routine the next day. Its not going to hurt you.
You arent going to gain 5 pounds. Yeah, you might gain a pound, but you
can lose it.