An Edmonton mom who dropped 45 pounds has found herself on the pages of Shape magazine.
Tammy Stewart, 34, reveals the secrets to her weight-loss success in Shape’s August issue.
Here’s a look at the “Weight Loss Success Story” courtesy Shape’s PR rep:
“I finally lost the baby weight!”
This mom was so busy, she ignored her own well-being. Then she began exercising and cooking healthier—and got slimmer than ever.
Pounds lost: 45
At this weight: 1 1/2 years
After having her second child, Tammy was ready to get her 125-pound body back. But because her daughter was born prematurely, she didn’t have time. “I was focused on her health, not mine,” she says. Sure enough, the scale stayed put at 155 pounds.
Plan of attack
Tammy’s daughter, Maddisyn, was healthy enough to come home when she was 3 months old. “After a few more months, she had improved so much that I thought it would be okay to do something for myself,” says Tammy. “I hated feeling so fat and tired. So even though I was really busy, I decided to use what little free time I had to try to slim down.”
Tammy made it her mission to squeeze in some sort of exercise at least three days a week. “I bought an elliptical machine so that I could work out at home, even if it was only for a few minutes while the baby was sleeping,” she says. “And I joined a gym that offered a babysitting service. Whenever I could, I’d drop my daughter off and spend 30 minutes lifting weights or doing cardio.” Within just a few weeks, the exercise began to pay off: “My pants were looser almost immediately, and I started dropping around 3 pounds a week,” she says. “I loved the results, but what surprised me most was how relaxed I felt after working out!”
Tammy’s progress gave her the motivation to change her diet too. “I ate a lot of takeout, so I thought I’d try making a few simple but healthy dishes at home,” she says. “On Sundays I’d cook a whole bunch of lean foods, like baked chicken, so I always had the start of a dish ready and no excuse to grab junk on my way home.” At the grocery store, Tammy also stocked up on backs of frozen veggies to mix into her meals. And to stave off between-meal hunger, she kept protein bars on hand. The weight kept coming off, and after four months she was down to a trim 110 pounds.
Spreading the word
Now, Tammy loves to talk with other moms about how she got healthy. “Women sometimes feel like it’s impossible to drop the pregnancy pounds, but that’s not true!” she says. “I knew I had a choice: hate what I see in the mirror or do something about it. Yes, I was tired and cranky at times, but I just focused on what exercise was doing for me: getting rid of stress, boosting my energy, giving me much-needed alone time—and suddenly going to the gym didn’t feel like a chore; it was something I truly craved.”
3 stick-with-it secrets
1. Indulge once a week — “I don’t eat a lot of junk, but on weekends I like to splurge with a big breakfast of bacon, eggs, toast, hash browns, and pancakes. To balance it out, I have healthy snacks and meals for the rest of the day.”
2. Find your comfort zone — “I joined a gym with a designated women’s weight area, which I really like. I don’t feel so self-conscious trying out a new move.”
3. Measure your progress — “The scale can go up or down for a lot of reasons, so it isn’t always the best way to track progress. Instead, I monitor how my clothes fit and the size of my waist and hips.”
Weekly workout schedule
• Strength training 30 minutes/4 days a week
• Elliptical machine 30 minutes/5 days a week
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