Down 212 Lbs, Tracy Had 'Always Been Obese'*

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Name: Tracy Meuschke (TRACY31502)
Weight Lost: 212 pounds
Hometown: South Bend, IN
Occupation: Stay-at-home mom

What was life like before losing weight?
I have ALWAYS been obese! At the age of 12, I was 255 pounds and on the Jenny Craig program. I stayed on for about four weeks, losing about five pounds, and then quit. I just kept going up and up from there. I was 325 pounds in high school. I was around 300 pounds when I got married and then gained 73 pounds within the first two years of our marriage.  I had lost two pregnancies and just hit an all-time low and didn't take care of myself. I'm sure my weight played a big role in having my miscarriages.

At my highest weight, I was happy with everyone around me, but not happy with myself. I honestly didn't realize I was as big as I was and I didn't realize all the things from which my weight was holding me back.  I mean, shaving my legs or even putting on my shoes was a chore. Walking just a half mile was huge for me. I would breathe heavily even when doing nothing.

What was your "A-Ha moment" that made you get serious about losing the weight?
One morning, I just broke down. I felt like no diet was working and I didn't know what to do. I actually contemplated surgery. But after some praying about what to do, I just started cutting down on what I ate and started moving!

What was the main motivation behind your weight loss?
My biggest motivation was that I wanted to have a healthy pregnancy and baby not just for myself but also because my husband wanted to be a dad so much. Our losses were the toughest thing we had ever been through, but they made us grow as a couple and got me on the track to healthy living! 

Tell us a bit about your weight loss journey.
I started reducing the amount of food I was eating and just started moving more! I lost around 123 pounds and became pregnant with my son. I had a healthy pregnancy, but I gained 75 pounds! So once I had him, I had to start over. But when I did, I went at it full force. I lost those 75 pounds I had gained, plus 15 more, putting me at 235 pounds. (138 pounds down from my heaviest).

When I hit that mark, I became pregnant with my daughter.  I had another great pregnancy but gained 65 pounds, putting me back up around 300 pounds. This time, I started right away and signed up with just days after having my little girl.  I knew I needed some extra help if I was going to lose this weight and keep it off this time for good. I lost 129 pounds with SparkPeople and am now down 210 pounds overall!  The fact that I can log my calories on the SparkPeople app is huge for me.  Setting goals on SparkPeople helps me be accountable. And of course, a huge one, SUPPORT, SUPPORT and more SUPPORT!!! It never fails that if I'm having a rough day; my SparkFriends are there to say just the right thing!

How has your life changed since losing weight and improving your health?

Once I had my children, my motivation was to be a healthy wife and mom! I don't ever want to be the mom sitting on the sidelines that cannot be out there playing with her kids and has to watch her husband out there building memories with them. I don't want to be the mom at the amusement park who has to tell their child: “No, I can't ride that with you because I don't fit in the seat.”  I don't want my kids to miss out on all that life has for them because I couldn't get myself fit and healthy. There is so much more to life than I ever thought there was when I was 373 pounds. I am now truly LIVING!

What a great story, Tracy!

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So inspiring! Thank you so much for sharing your story! Report
Tracy, thank you so much for sharing your story - I am so happy for you to get to be a healthy mama! :) If you read the comments, I would love to know (if you don't mind sharing) about how your skin has coped with such a big weight loss. Your current picture doesn't look like you are carrying a lot of excess skin, and I'm wondering if that was a result of your skin going back into place, surgery, or just really good Lycra. :D Report
wow, how inspiring. I really struggle to lose weight, and I´m only 20. Report
What an inspiring story! You look amazing!! Love your boots!! Great job!! Thanks for sharing your story! Report
You look amazing! I am sure you feel amazing! Report
Inspiring story. I am a newbie to Sparks People. I can relate to your story. Report
Truly inspiring, thanks for sharing your story. Report
Fantastic story...and a heartfelt congratulations to you and your lovely family. You are truly an inspiration to us all, but most of all yourself! Report
Gggggeeeeeezzzzzz! You look GREAT! Well done you. I hope I can have such a wonderful success, you are so cool Report
Thank you for sharing your story! Such an inspiration! Report
You know I am not obese, in fact most of my life I have been too thin, but for me I am sickly, tired, run down, weak and need a different support, it's not about being skinny, I just want to be healthy Report
Awesome story ! Especially how you had the babies and GOT RIGHT BACK AT IT!
Thanks a bunch for sharing ... ! Report
Thanks for giving hope and encouragement to a fellow Hoosier! I'm glad you prayed about it and decided to start taking steps to change your life without resorting to drastic surgery. I know you've dealt with a lot of ups and downs with weight and personal loss, but you didn't give up. I'm starting again, and this is a great motivation. Blessings! Report
what a great inspiration you are to others. I hope that i can be as half as successful and motivated as you. Great job!!! thanks for showing people that with motivation and determination it can be done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Report
Congratulations!! You look amazing!!! Report
What a great story! Best of all, it's true! You are an inspiration! Loved your pics and the hope you give to all who are on the same journey! Report
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Great job! Report
Great motivational story, Tracy. Congratulations to you for losing the weight and maintaining. Thanks for sharing your journey. :) Report
Such an inspiration! Awesome job...I have a 120 lbs I'd like to lose myself. You make me want to get back on track! By the way you look fabulous. Report
Wonderful story! Well done, Tracy! Report
Great job!! Report
It I s inspirational. Way to go. Report
You are simply inspiring! Report
what an inspiration you are. i love that you just went for it and did what you needed to do to give yourself the life you deserve. :) well done! Report
You+Sparkpeople+The Great Unknown=Success beyond belief. Congratulations. Job well done. Report
This is truly amazing and I'm so glad I came across this article. Thank you for sharing and congratulations! Report
Thanks for sharing your story!!! You look so healthy! Report
Beautiful story, beautiful woman. I love that you persevered through setbacks and just kept recommitting to yourself and your goal. Report
"There is so much more to life than I ever thought there was when I was 373 pounds. I am now truly LIVING!"

I so appreciate you posting your story on here. I saw it through Facebook, and just the last sentence there that you wrote hit me like a ton of bricks. I know there's more to life than I am currently living and I want it so bad, and I'm so happy for you that you did it, and having kids in between must have made it all the more difficult, but good for you, you stuck through all the challenges, and you look great. Love the new skinny you outfit too. :) Report
Very inspiring! My journey is just beginning. I hope to get my life back too. Report
Congratulations on a job well done. You are on an amazing journey, inspiring so keep at it. Truly great to read and know that its possible. Report
What an inspiration! Thanks :) for sharing. Report
GREAT job!!! I just hope i can get myself moving and lose the measly 40lbs to have a healthy life Report
Congrats Tracy on your great journey. I am hoping to be able to reach my goal by this time next year Then I will start on another 50 pounds. A little at a time.. Report
I am so inspired! Thank you! Report
Great job and very inspiring. I hope to be where you are a year from now! Report
wow! i totally admire your determination and strong will. you should feel proud of yourself. keep it up! Report
Very inspiring!
Motivating weight disappearing journey. Your smile is bright in all your pictures. I'm glad to to see your smile is how you feel on the inside as well as outside! Tracy, you look RADIANT ***** 5/5 Stars Report
Wow that's so awesome. I want to lose just 85 pounds and I can't seem to get myself together. I have no get up and go. But yet and still I want to do what ever it takes to get my goal of weight lose accomplished. Thanks for your story it encouraged me. Report
I am so happy for you and your family. The gift you're giving them will reverberate through the generations as each follows your example of perseverance. Report
Amazing! Thank you for sharing your story. I am inspired ! Report
AWESOME .. great story and inspiration .. i bet you feel great too and proud too.. your beautiful and radiant smile tell it all !! Report
I read your story here and I read it in people. I hope being so old, I still have a chance to lose weight and be healthy. I am 62 1/2 and just don't know if I can do it, but you have inspired me. Thank you for that. Diana Report
I can't wait to be the one sharing my story of success, but more importantly, I the story of how I gained my life back.
You're absolutely right about support being a huge factor in our our success... I don't have many friends right now so I don't go do things for "fun." But what I would really love is to have a friend, a partner or even my own sister take some interest in my life and to invest some time with me getting fit and learning to live, happily... I need someone to hold me accountable when I am weak and sore, and lonely. I need them when they are strong and motivational, and consistent. And I in turn want to be their strength and inspirational motivation when they are weak, overwhelmed and depressed....
It makes me sad and angry that no one in my family wants to spend time with me, much less commit to spend a couple days a week getting out of the house to get active, ( even a couple hours a week would be great; not to mention the bonding of being together...)

I am thankful for you sharing your story of motivation and I am very proud of you for working so hard, having two healthy babies and being the invested mom that you've become during your journey of health!

Now I'm going to the gym (Gold's Gym in Bothell, WA) to workout and get my endorphins pumping! After all, I am the Master of my Fate and the Captain of my Soul!!


Awesome weight loss story! Love it! I got teary eyed on the part about not fitting in rides at theme parks....years ago I took my sons to DollyWood and my youngest missed out on riding the roller coaster because I couldn't fit in the seat! I am DETERMINED to not be in that position again....when I lose weight, we are going to find the biggest roller coaster there is!! Report
I hope this is me in a few years. Right now I can't get too into diet/exercise because I'm pregnant with our second child. But as soon as he/she's born, I'm getting on track and never looking back! Thanks for inspiring so many people like me that aren't sure if they can do it! Report