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

By , SparkPeople Blogger
Lindsay Pobieglo 
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 when my daughter was two and 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.  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 which 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.
Before I knew it, I had lost 100 pounds.  I was on a roll!  Nothing could stop me from getting to my goal. Then 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 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 six months after he was born.
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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What an amazing transformation! Report
A wonderful story! Report
Wow! You are truly an inspiration! I'm just starting my weight maintenance journey and you have helped me with what I need to do. Report
This was a great blog! I like, "Slow and steady wins the race"
And it's very true about apples being filling. It really doesn't seem like they could be. I take one apple and dice it, and mix it with some 1/4 cup raisins and 1 cup Frosted Flakes cereal (dry) . This makes a great snack. Report
Awesome, I am happy for you....and your family. Keep up the great success. Report
What an accomplishment! I am totally motivated. Thank you so much for sharing your story! :D Report
Thank you for sharing your story. I am excited about my journey that will change my life and all my supporters. Report
Tysvvvm for Sharing your Story with Us!!! Congrats!!! ^_^ Report
This is motivational!! Report
Congrats!!! Thanks for sharing!!! Report
This is fantastic. I am so inspired. Ive lost some weight and this is giving me hope to do more. It is so hard at this point. But i can do this!!! Report
Thanks Lindsay for sharing your story. I like your mantra of " slow and steady wins the race". That is the way I feel right now. Thank you for being an inspiration to all of us. Report
Thanks, Lindsay. As for me, I'm trying to go from 314 down to 150 and trying to improve a bad heart at the same time. Your tips and ideas will help me do this. I'm a 75-yr-old, now retired for ten years. Several people my age are still working, so maybe I can yet go back to work!!! We have a 90-yr old man in the area who still farms and loves it. Good luck to you and your family. Report
Congrats, and thank you for the tips. Report
Wow, your success is amazing! Congratulations on taking charge of your health and succeeding at becoming the best you can be. Thank you for sharing. Report
Loved the story of your journey. You have done amazing. I am going to utilize your tips. Report
Thank you for sharing your story. You have inspired me. I now know I can do this!!!!!!!! Report
Good job! I'm very happy for you! Report
I'm posting your tips to get a good start (again) on my weight loss journey. I've got a 100+ to lose also. Report
Very inspiring. I am starting out (Again) on my weight loss journey and i have well over 100 pounds to lose, it's nice to read a success story with issues that i can really relate too. Thanks and Well done! Report
Great Job. What an inspiration. I am closing in on about 1/3 of my goal. This helps me out! Report
Congratulations Lindsay!! And thanks for sharing your tips with us. You deserve a big hug along with a WOOHOO!
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Great job! Thanks for sharing and the motivational tips. :) Report
I'm just getting started, 3rd week and 6 pounds down. I live in a small town Coolidge,AZ. My body hurts and I hate the heat. I imagine myself walking and biking, but I can't make my body move. I need to lose about 140. Do you
remember the beginning of your journey? I need motivation to start moving Report
Awesome! Congrats and thanks for sharing. Report
Way to go!!!! Report
This is such an inspirational story! You should be very proud of yourself. I have fallen off the cart so many times and this was an uplifting article Report
09/19/13 I am new to SparkPEOPLE. I read your story first of all "CONGRATS." I hope to find some help,push & success of some kind. Keep going !!!
Congrats on all the hard work you have & are still doing!! Thank you for writing in. Such a motivating journey!! You look great!! Report
Awesome success story! You really motivate me to get back to my goal weight and stay there!! Report
Great article--started using these tips immediately. Getting up and moving at work--what an idea(lol)--looking forward to doing this Report
I started keeping track of what I eat about a month ago! Hoping to start loosing some weight, but it's hard to get the exercise in after working long hours and having other daily family commitments. You've left some good comments! I'll come back to them to review.... by the way, you look great! Thank you. Report
You are an awesome inspiration. I need to remember your advice and not give up. Thanks for your story. Report
Just starting my 100+ weight loss journey today. Your words are inspiring and the tips will be helpful -- especially the "failure to plan = a plan to fail" --- preparing ahead of time is a great challenge for me but this time I will succeed! Report
Thank you so much for sharing your story. You have accomplished what very few do, and you look amazing!!! I am going to take your "Failure to plan is a plan to fail" quote as my new mantra. I have a feeling this will encourage better decision-making for me. Thanks and best wishes for continuing successes!!! Report
Great article - thanks for sharing. You've inspired me to make changes and add some of your top ten to my going for a walk on lunch hour instead of working through it! Report
Congrat. You look great. Love your advice about slow and steady. That's my motto all the time. Report
I loved your tips. They're very practical and usable. I like the one about being slow and steady. Congratulations on your success. Report
I loved your tips. They're very practical and usable. I like the one about being slow and steady. Congratulations on your success. Report
Congradulations, you look terrific! Thanks for the inspiration, I'm having a hard time staying on track. Thanks for letting us know how a determined mind can help us truly achieve our goal. Report
What a great story and an inspiration, I need to lose 100 lbs, and it seems overwhelming, but reading your story gives me confidence, that it can be done, thanks alot Report
What an inspiration! Thank you! Report
Congratulations! Report
Congratulations Lindsay, what a fabulous success story! You look amazing, healthy and happy! Report
great inspiration! Report
congratulations ! You are an inspiration. thanks for sharing Report
Thanks for sharing. I really needed to hear from someone that was previously in my shoes. Report
Thanks for sharing. I really needed to hear from someone that was previously in my shoes. Report
Thanks for sharing
Im just starting and needed to know it can be done :)
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