It’s about determination and turning failure into success.
Stacy Phillips’ weight gain began early. At 12 she was on Weight Watchers with her mother and by the time she married in 1991 she weighed 122 pounds for the wedding. But she’d work hard to lose 40 pounds to reach that weight.
Things got worse. During her marriage, she baked and cooked for entertainment and, though not a binge eater or an emotional eater, she put on 10 to 15 pounds every year after the marriage. In 2006, she weighed 168 pounds and sometimes had to walk with a cane because her knees hurt so badly.
She had an infant son who already had health problems. One day she was carrying him and tripped and fell. Both she and the baby went flying. Though neither one of them was injured, it was a wake-up call for Stacy. She knew if she had been a normal weight she would have been able to catch herself and regain her balance. But because she was so overweight, she tumbled. Something had to be done, not only for herself but for her son as well.
She began a meal replacement diet called Medifast after reading of another woman’s success with it. Working with the plan, she lost 60 pounds and began training for a 5K run. After fourteen months, she reached her goal weight of 128 pounds. She was thrilled and active.
But then she learned she was pregnant again and had to give up the program. The weight came back and, after a life-threatening miscarriage, she found herself in the hospital. Within three months of this misfortune, she lost her mother, and her son had a kidney transplant. Her weight was the last thing on her mind.
She lived in a Ronald McDonald house during her son’s recovery where healthy eating was difficult. She gave up exercising and as a result, all of her weight came back. She weighed 272 pounds, and felt like a total failure.
But, on a Wish Trip to Disneyland with former NFL player Kurt Warner and his family, his wife Brenda told her “It’s never too late to become who you want to be.” This, coupled with her desire to be healthy for her family, gave Stacy the hope and incentive she needed to begin again.
She began the meal replacement program and decided this time to make healthy life changes to last a lifetime. She didn’t even set a goal weight. After 18 months, she had lost 142 pounds and weighed 130. Her confidence that she could keep the weight off, so she got rid of all the clothes that were too big for her.
This past summer she ran a marathon in Paris. She feels her new-found health contributes to her family’s health, too.
The takeaway? Turn any defeat into a victory.