Welcome to the How They Did It series, where we spotlight one individual and their body transformation. Learn what they did, and how they did it to succeed at their weight loss journey. Today we are featuring JoAnn Lacy Reid.
Tell Us a Little About Yourself
Hi, my name is JoAnn Lacy Reid, and I am a wife and mother of 4. I have been overweight all of my life, with my heaviest being 398 pounds. In my early twenties I had Gastric Bypass surgery. Unfortunately, I had to have the surgery reversed. For over a year I was what they called “the walking dead”. My body wasn’t absorbing protein, and I almost died. I lost 210 pounds but after the reversal, I gain most of it back. March of 2010 I weighed in at 298pounds.
What Made You Decide to Get Fit and Healthy?
At 298 pounds, I decided to get healthy after the premature deaths of my parents. My mother past away at 55 in 2009 from ALS, and my father at 56 in Jan 2010 from high blood pressure and being on dialysis. Losing both parents so soon in life really took its toll on me. Having four kids of my own, I knew that I still needed my parents, and there was no way I was going to let something like my weight take me out sooner than necessary. Being here for my children and growing old with my husband is what sparked me to change my life.
What is Your Nutrition Philosophy?
My Philosophy is TAKE IT ONE DAY AT A TIME. I am not perfect and do not claim to be. If I have a bad moment, I do not see myself as a failure. I just know that I will see the consequences of my decision on the scale and I keep moving forward. People do not get that YOU are in control of what goes into your body. Therefore, if you make a conscience choice to eat junk, just know that you are going to have to put in the extra work to get it off, and then you decide if that piece of cake or whatever is worth it or not. If it is, then just eat it and keep moving, but always in moderation. I also believe in counting and watching your calories. I have been on MFP for over 600 days.
What is Your Exercise Philosophy?
I strength train twice a week, but my love is running. I learned to run using the couch to run program back in November 2011, and ran my first race (a 10k) in March 2012 in 1hr 10 minutes. So far, I have run eight races including a half marathon. In addition, I have already signed up for my second half in January.
What Was the Most Important Thing You Learned During Your Transformation?
My Motto is NO EXCUSES. I truly believe that if you want something bad enough you can do it. I find that with people who want to know so badly how I did it, when I tell them that I would walk at 5 am in the morning or work out 3 times a day, they lose interest. LOL, everyone wants a QUICK FIX. When it comes to losing weight and keeping it off there’s no such thing.
What Mistake(s) Should People Avoid When Trying to Lose Weight?
Do not compare yourself to others. Everyone is different, and what works for me may not work for you. Never give up!
What Advice Do You Have For Others?
Ask yourself why do you want it? I was at 298 pounds, and even though my motivation was my parent’s death and wanting to be there for my family, the Ah Ha moment for me was that I refused to turn 40 still dealing with my weight all my life. I’ve had to deal with it and I am tired! Life is too short and enough is enough.
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