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Girl Who Lost Over 100 Lbs. After Getting Tagged In ‘Unflattering’ Facebook Photo Turned Herself Into A Solid 10/10

Sarah Reynolds is a 31-year-old mother of three from Guelph, Ontario, who saw her weight reach 225 lbs. after giving birth to her third child in 2001. Unaware of how she looked, according to Daily Mail Sarah “resigned to carrying the extra weight” and continued to eat any type of sugary food or snack she desired. However, upon returning home and getting tagged in an “unflattering” Facebook photo, she realized it was time for a lifestyle change:

Determined to get fit, Sarah juggled childcare with daily workouts and dropped to a svelte size four (UK six).

Now, a decade after her first child the mother claims she’s a better mum as she has more energy.

She said: ‘When I saw the Facebook photo I was embarrassed.

‘I was also shocked because it didn’t seem to me to be the image I thought I was in my head. It was worse than I had allowed myself to believe.’

Sarah says that she struggled with her constant urge to eat which saw her pile on the pounds.

Adding a 30-minute workout to her everyday routine and swapping out processed carbs for fruits and vegetables, Sarah eventually began losing weight and managed to keep it up for three years, adding in weight training over time in order to help her body tone up. “The first steps were just making that commitment to something” she explains, “to exercise, even if I didn’t know how. To track my intake and be accountable.”

After losing the weight and undergoing what looks like a complete makeover, Sarah says that she now includes her children in her workouts:

She said: ‘Since I started on diet and fitness after kids, I had no choice but to make them part of the journey.

‘They watched me learn how to work out, and finding the information in nutritional labels that I needed.

‘They heard me say words like ‘getting healthy’, ‘good for my body’, ‘strong’ and don’t ever hear words like ‘weight loss’ ‘fat’ or ‘diet.’

‘But it’s hard. There’s no such thing as spare time with kids in your life.

‘You have to decide that it’s a priority. The unpredictable will happen, you’ll be exhausted, you’ll be interrupted, but it doesn’t need to stop you.

‘I’ve worked through the problem with much success and my kids love being a part of it now – some days it’s easier to have kids.

‘Going on long hikes doubles as a workout while entertaining them and spending time together.’(via)

Sarah now says that she has “more energy than I’ve ever hard” and that she’s “so proud” to be the role model she’s always wanted to be for her children. Judging from her progress photos, I’m sure her children are proud of her too:

 

Years ago I would wake up and shower and throw my hair wet into a bun. I would have makeup on from days earlier. Bras crusted with dried up milk. I wore what I found. I ate whatever I wanted. I didn't care. But, truthfully, I did care. I just didn't find myself worthy of more or better. My outer appearance does not define me, but it's my temple meant to be loved and cherished as God intended. Irony was that when I didn't care, and when I was failing my body, there was no mention. When I began to care, change, evolve, it became that I was "vain". Stab. Ouch… Fact is through any and every transformation of self you have to constantly evaluate your intentions and your truth. Don't apologize for things you shouldn't need to. Yes, I wake early and do my hair and makeup everyday. Why? Because personally for me it helps my mindset stay in a place of self love, combined with prayer and surrounding myself with good people. It's a personal choice and also a personal hobby. Yes, Hobby. Style, hair and makeup are things I'm quite interested in! For a long time I didn't think I was "allowed" to wear certain styles because that wasn't "me". But I had wanted to. So I gave myself permission. To be me. Whatever that meant. Whatever that looked like. Just like always, the only thing ever standing in my way – was me. This isn't a battle against each other, against life, against the world. It's just you vs you. Just be the one you want to be, that one your soul craves. Oh, and be kind to everyone. You never know their story. #saygetsfit #transformationtuesday #beforeandafter

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I can honestly say that the biggest change from "before" to "after" was knowledge and faith. There was a time in which I didn't believe I could be any different, I placed myself in my own stuckness and lived there. Then with motivation to change, and faith that I could, came the desire to learn. To educate myself on nutrition, exercise, and the body, bit by bit. Then change came. It's a LIFE change because I had LEARNED. There's no quick fix or loophole to how you take to your body and how you treat it. You can treat it, but make sure you're treating it WELL, before you reward it with "treats". You can do and have both. (See my last post. Cupcakes happen in my life) Grow. Never stop growing. Never stop learning. Im no expert. I still pick my friends brains about diet and nutrition, often. I follow other weightloss instagrammers just to keep my head in the game. I read. I research. I share. Bit by bit. #saygetsfit #transformationtuesday

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The last week has been a whirlwind and before I knew it, somehow my little Instagram world blew up and rolled over 20,000 followers. Woah. I don't say this boastfully. I say this with much thanks and responsibility. My Instagram has always been snaps of my life. Many have connected with my weightloss story. And throughout the way, I've made great friends with many of you. #cheersquad. Although this isn't a purely weightloss account, I will always make that a part of it – so thanks to those who don't unfollow me when I post 20 photos of my kids and dogs and new outfit I thrifted, and lipsticks I've added to the bottom of my purse. Ultimately I want this to be a place of love, support, positivity, encouragement, laughs, fun, and community. I will try and always reply to everyone, as much as I can. Because I believe in building community and having conversations and positive impacts along the way. Thanks for being here. Thanks for putting up with my blog that I never blog (I am working on this!). Thanks for being kind to one another. Thanks for being you! #❤️ #justlove #saygetsfit

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When losing is gaining #transformationtuesday #saygetsfit

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Some have asked if I have any "during photos". Well this before photo is actually when I was 3-4 months into weightloss and down 40lbs. Oh my I felt incredible. It was the first time I had been under 200lbs since before kids (I was 200lbs before kids but lost weight right before getting pregnant with Maya). I was feeling fiiiiine (can you tell?! ?). I knew the weight wouldn't always come off so rapidly and I just tried to focus on the bigger picture. Life change. Being strong. Being healthy. Once those became my focus, it gave me longevity to keep at it. To know that this wasn't a short term thing, this was a commitment to a different way. As for regain – I'm not going to say I don't struggle with the fear of it, but I use it to keep motivating me to stay on track, and be conscious of my intake and exercise. Many don't need to do this, but I do. Ultimately I remain thankful for this body, for how far it's gotten me, and how strong it's becoming. ? #saygetsfit #transformationtuesday

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Hey Mama, (yeah, you) I know you're tired. I know you've cooked and cleaned and had high pitched voices in your ears all day. I know you just want to sit down and relax. I know it. I feel it. I'm with you. But – before you do… Take a moment and pull from the strength you have within you – the one that grew life, and brought that life into the world. Remember how impossible that felt? Yet, YOU have an unimaginable power. Don't stop yourself from achieving the things you hope and dream for, in the name of doubt. Fight for it. For you. It may seem like "you" is far gone and motherhood has taken over. Your body and soul divided into the lives and hearts of your children. But there's still you. Do you feel that? You're still there. Love yourself, like you love them. Get after your goals. Get after your life. Get after your dreams. Always remember that comparison is the thief of joy and that you are your only competition. So before you relax tonite and unwind, wanna workout? No? Me either. Gonna do it anyways? Heck yes we are. #saygetsfit #momof3 #fitmom @fitspirationcouture

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Pic 1 – 3 summers ago, lost the majority of the weight. Felt awesome. Pic 2 – two summers, ago traded all cardio for more strength exercises and some weights, saw my shape refining Pic 3 – last year, finally toning after 100lb loss. Pic 4 – This week. Skin tightening, toning more. Apparently not wearing black ? for once. What's the point of this? To show that time is your friend. You can't rush the process and sometimes when you loose great amounts, your body needs time to tone up. There will still be things only surgery can fix, but it can progress with proper diet and exercise. So don't give up. Let each little thing that bugs you motivate you to a new workout or a cleaner diet, more hydration, whatever! Be patient. Personally, I can't wait to see what next year looks like. #saygetsfit #progresspics #100lbweightloss #beforeandafter #andduring

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