Like many of us, Annie Mazur of Edgwater Park, N.J. wanted to drop some poundage. So like many of us do, she set out to embrace a new healthy lifestyle with good eats and exercise. But Annie, unlike most of us, stayed away from the donuts, didn’t give in to greasy French fry temptation and lost weight, a lot of weight -- a whopping 113 pounds.
And the motivation to keep plugging along on her road to success was a special one -- her husband of 14 years.
Annie’s husband was diagnosed with lung cancer and during his fight, she turned to food as her outlet. Her grief and stress certainly added to her waistline.
When her husband died in 2005, it didn’t get any easier.
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“We were together for 18 years…he died a few months shy of our 15 year wedding anniversary…We did everything together. I didn’t have friends and because of my weight, my self-esteem took a nose dive,” Annie said.
So, at the age of 47, Annie decided to do something for herself and change her life.
“I’m all by myself, there’s no one to take care of me and I wanted to make my life the healthiest it could be…I don’t want to get sick…I want to live the healthiest life possible,” she said.
So, how did she do it? She decided to stop into that building with all the sweaty folks, weird machines and spandex -- yes, a gym. She had never stepped foot in a gym but “it just hit me…this is how I’m going to be healthier.”
She started strength training at her local gym three days a week and did cardio everyday.
And of course, she watched what she ate. She cut out beef, banned fast food, ate a lot of chicken and fish, and ate as much non-processed foods like fresh fruits and vegetables as she could.
Her calorie intake per day? 1,200 calories (recommended to her by her personal trainer)
Annie’s hard work and new lifestyle certainly paid off. She went from a size 24 to a size 4.
“Sometimes I had down times, but then I reviewed my goals and remembered where I want to be…I allowed time for a pity party and then I moved on and concentrated on my goals,” said Annie.
Not only is she 113 pounds lighter, she’s healthier, too.
“I’m no longer on cholesterol medication! My doctor loves me! And I did it the old fashion way,” she said.
Annie’s weight loss journey was a success and she wants you to win over your weight. She has some tips for you:
- I don’t believe in diets. I believe in changing my lifestyle. It’s all about mindset.
- You have to move your body every day for at least a half-hour, take a walk.
- Drink water.
- Keep a food journal so you have a log of the conscious choices you make. I kept a food journal, both online and in my purse, to track everything I put in my mouth each day.
- Have a positive attitude -- believe you can do this.
If you’re wondering what Annie’s daily menu looks like, here is what she eats to maintain her weight on a typical day:
Cup of coffee
Greek yogurt and a banana
Salad with chicken breast
Chicken breast or fish with vegetables