Name: Rebecca Fyfe (Skinny Dreaming)
Where she lives: England (but was born and raised in California)
Pounds Lost: 145.5
How long it took to lose the weight: 21 months (6 of them while pregnant) – 1 year to lose the first 100 pounds, the rest came off more slowly
How long she has kept it off: 2 years
High blood pressure nearly killed Rebecca when she was giving birth. Now 145 pounds lighter, she’s a healthy and confident mother of seven going after her dreams! I read Rebecca’s blog Skinny Dreaming as she was losing the weight and rooted for her along the way. I can’t believe it’s already been two years since she reached her goal weight! What an awesome accomplishment, aka a Weight Loss WooHoo! – just FatFighterTV’s fun way of celebrating healthy weight. 😉
I developed high blood pressure and almost died during labor while giving birth to my 5th child. When I was hospitalized again for high blood pressure at the end of my 6th pregnancy, I knew I couldn’t go through another pregnancy until I had done something about my health. Before doing anything about my health though, I found out I was pregnant with my 7th (and last) child. I knew I had to take care of my health if I was going to survive this last pregnancy.
How Rebecca shed the pounds:
I joined a group called Slimming World. (It has been around in the UK for a very long time, but it is relatively new in the US.) It’s all about eating the right food: healthy, fresh, lean food. With my doctor’s approval, I joined when I was 12 weeks pregnant. I planned on maintaining my weight throughout my pregnancy but soon found that, although I was eating all the time, my weight was dropping despite the fact that the baby in my womb was growing. I also bought an elliptical crosstrainer and started using it regularly along with my Wii Fit and my Kinect.
Tips from Rebecca:
1. Believe in yourself; you can do it! I’m a mother of seven children! If I can do it, anyone can!
2. Set up mini-goals. If I had looked at the big picture of how much weight, in total, I needed to lose, it would have seemed overwhelming and that would have been discouraging. But since I set up mini-goals, such as losing the first 10% of my body weight and losing the first 10 lbs, it became easier. I just had to focus on one mini-goal at a time. Eventually, I was hitting mini-goals such as weighing less than the amount of weight I had lost and weighing less than I did in high school.
3. Don’t starve yourself. Your body needs plenty of nourishment in order to remain strong. Just make sure that the food you are putting into your body is the right food.
Rebecca’s Weight Loss WooHoo!
My 7th pregnancy was a perfectly healthy one that ended in the birth of my beautiful and healthy son. I had several health conditions that went away when the weight came off; and I love shopping for clothes now too. Before, I had no confidence, but now I am full of confidence. An extra benefit to losing so much weight is knowing that I have achieved something that I once thought of as impossible. That has made me believe that I can achieve anything if I set my mind to it and am willing to put in the effort, so I am now pursuing other dreams. I am currently writing several novels, and I spent last year writing a “health and fitness for kids” column for a monthly magazine.
I’ve had two TV appearances to discuss recent health studies and how weight affects expectant mothers and their babies, and I have also appeared in several national magazines. I’ve become an advocate for healthy living. None of this is anything I ever imagined doing before l started my weight loss journey.
My kids follow my example and eat much healthier too. They have also learned a bit about believing in themselves through watching my transformation.
Imagine how her kids will turn out with Rebecca as their role model! Read more from Rebecca on her blog – it’s just as inspiring as she is.
And see more weight loss success stories here… on the Weight Loss WooHoo! Wall of Fame.
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