Learn from These 7 Women Who Overcome the Worst Weight Loss Struggles

There are lots of weight loss struggles you need to overcome on your road to success.
Feeling the desire for all of the unhealthy habits is one of them. But let’s leave that out for another time.
Our primary focus here is these women who overcome everything and lost the weight they wanted to.
I don’t know if I told you before, but I love these success stories. I could read about them day in and day out. It’s something that encourages us all to move forward. It gives us the proper dose of motivation every day.
We can learn from them on our path towards our goals.
That’s why I want to pay your attention to these amazing women. They are here to provide you with all the details.
On top of that, they will tell you what was their moving force that led them through their weight loss struggles.
Some of these “fights and struggles” could remind you of something. I rolled down a tear while I was reading them.
I’m really happy they succeeded.
Let’s hear them out.

1. Sarah Beasly

I struggled with leaving the kids and getting to the gym—especially during the winter. I started trying to lose weight while my husband was deployed overseas in 2013. At the time, I weighed 260 pounds and had three children under the age of 5. I was very discouraged until I found home workouts and meal plans. I no longer had excuses not to go to the gym! It was very encouraging because that’s when I actually started to see the weight melt away. In 22 months, I dropped down to 140 pounds. I gained a bit in the last year when I started lifting weights and changing my routine, but I’m still very happy and very healthy! It’s important to find something you can do each day that you don’t dread. Take your journey one meal, one snack, one workout at a time to reach a forever lifestyle change. —Sarah Beasley, 28, lost 120 pounds

2. Shannon Makai

“I weighed more than 200 pounds when I first started in August 2011. I wanted to hit 180, and I expected to lose weight fast. When I plateaued, I got discouraged and for about four months I only worked out three times a month. But when I started seeing my face get puffy, I realized that losing weight was about more than just the number on the scale. I wanted to be confident in anything I did, and I wanted to be healthy as a Type 1 diabetic. So I started setting smaller goals, like running one mile as fast as I could without stopping. As I reached each goal, I’d set another. Now, I work out about five to six times per week, running three miles each time and lifting weights. I also started eating a lot of protein, whole grains, and veggies. By summer 2015, I surpassed my original goal weight and reached my current weight of 165 pounds.” —Shannon Makai, 24, lost 50 pounds

3. Tawny Clark

As a kid, I constantly struggled with my weight, and food was my coping mechanism. I started trying to lose weight in 2002, when I weighed 164 pounds. In 2010, I hit my current weight of 123 pounds, and I competed in my first fitness competition. But after the competitions, my old habits reared their ugly head. I’d go to a convenience store and buy a bag of chips, a pint of ice cream, a jar of peanut butter, and whatever else I thought I ‘needed.’ I’d eat it all behind closed doors. While it comforted me in the moment, I felt ashamed. I was diagnosed with binge eating disorder, and I started seeing a therapist for cognitive behavioral therapy. In 2012, I hired a nutritionist who specialized in eating disorders. She said I wasn’t eating enough and was setting myself up to fail. She worked with me to find balance. Now, I eat five to six times per day: a lean protein source, starches, green veggies, fruits, and healthy fats. I still slip up at times. If I feel out of control, I have to consciously ask myself why I’m going back to bingeing and what set me off. That helps me understand the trigger and resolve my old food vices. —Tawny Clark, 40, lost 41 pounds

4. Shauni Leocadia Nicalek

“The hardest part was not seeing any results in the mirror. I started trying to lose weight in mid-January 2016. As a physical education teacher, I wanted to set an example—and I definitely wasn’t. At the time, I weighed 176 pounds. The first three months were the hardest, mainly because I could not see any progress in the mirror. But before I started living a healthier lifestyle, I was always tired and had migraines. Those got better with my new lifestyle. That alone helped me push through. Even if I couldn’t see the results on the outside, I was already feeling physically better inside.” —Shauni Leocadia Nicale, 24, lost 36 pounds

5. Kellie C VonWeller

My ob-gyn told me that at 365 pounds, I wouldn’t get pregnant easily. So in March 2012, I underwent gastric bypass surgery. I assumed I’d just eat less and life would be great! In 15 months, I dropped to 200 pounds. But a couple of months later, my stomach was back to normal, and I could eat as much as everyone around me. I realized I had to make a lifestyle change to sustain my weight loss. Before setting out to lose more weight, working out for 20 minutes made me feel like I could eat whatever I wanted the rest of the day. Now I think about food as fuel, and I’m more motivated to eat healthier. I follow the Paleo diet by eating more protein and veggies, and I also lift weights. I eat healthy sugars like fruit, which keeps me from craving the processed sweets.—Kellie C VonWeller, 31, lost 165 pounds

6. Lexie Woodmansee

For the past 10 years, I was always in a cycle of restricting, then I’d binge eat and purge. I used to think that I had a deep-rooted psychological issue; I even tried journaling my binges, but I could never make a connection between my emotions and my eating. In May 2016, I started using the Sweat with Kayla app and finally found freedom from my disordered eating. I realized that my problem wasn’t mental, it was just a really a bad habit I’d created with restrictive diets. When my mentality changed, my problem seemed much more manageable. I used to let my unhealthy choices make me feel like a failure, which ultimately led to really restricting my calories and then bingeing, but I now realize that overeating is just a choice—it doesn’t define me. Fad diets and quick fixes had a negative long-term effect on my weight-loss journey. Today I have a healthier relationship with food and a better body image than ever. —Lexie Woodmansee, 29, lost 25 pounds

7. Liz Williams

I always struggled with my weight, but after my first baby it was time to crack down. I realized there is no quick fix and change doesn’t happen overnight. It’s all about consistency and trusting the process. I started seeing results once I stopped focusing on how far I needed to go and fell in love with the process. I took my weight-loss journey one day at a time and did my best not to set overwhelming goals. Instead of yo-yo diets, I started following a low-carb ketogenic diet, which has given me a whole new perspective on dieting. I can always find something keto-friendly at a restaurant without feeling deprived. I also strength train five to six days a week and get three hours of cardio in weekly. After 15 months, I reached my current weight of 160 pounds. —Liz Williams, 27, lost 52 pounds
Awesome. Simply amazing.
Don’t forget to motivate all of your friends and let them know that somebody overcame all possible weight loss struggles.


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