How This Woman Lost 115 Pounds—And Got Her



How This Woman Lost 115 Pounds—And Got Her Life Back

When Margaret Suther decided she needed to do something about her weight, she started small—and the reward was huge. This is her story. 

It was February 2012 when I finally faced up to the truth—my health was headed downhill fast. I was 29, more than 300 pounds, and I was eating all the time. I couldn't climb a flight of stairs without getting winded, or slide into a restaurant booth, or go on a roller coaster. I began thinking about my husband and three kids all under age 7. If I ignored my weight much longer, not only would I pay the price, but so would they. My poor health and fading confidence was keeping me from being the best wife and mom I could be. It was time to make a change.

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I had a lot to overcome—I had begun abusing food when I was about 8 years old. My mom was a registered nurse, so we had a lot of healthy meals, but when nobody was looking, I would sneak into the pantry for candy. Between middle school and my junior year of high school, I was wearing a size 22, and my peers were picking on me relentlessly. To cope, I ate. Food never told me I looked awful. During lunch hour, I would eat as much as I wanted—usually a personal-size pizza topped with sour cream and a side of fries loaded with cheese.

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Before weight loss
Margaret Suther

Before my senior year, I decided I needed to lose weight. I cut out the processed food, limited my portions, and began doing cardio every day. By high school graduation, I had lost about 50 pounds and was wearing a size 14—the smallest I had ever been. It felt amazing. I was so proud and happy that I was able to mostly maintain the loss for the next 5 years—until I started having kids. 

During my first pregnancy in 2005, I gained 85 pounds and my weight climbed up to 325. Shortly after my first son's birth, I was going through a nasty divorce. Once again, I turned toward the comfort of food and ended up gaining even more weight. 

A year later, I met an amazing man who became my husband. We were blessed with two more kids: a girl in 2007 and another boy in 2011. For the next year, I put my family first and ignored my health and weight as I put all my effort into being the best mother and wife I could be. I didn't understand that to succeed, I needed to be the best version of myself. 

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After weight loss
Margaret Suther

Finally, in February 2012, I knew I needed to turn my health around. I started by focusing all my attention on nutrition. I loaded up on veggies and protein at every meal, cut out soda and fried foods, and limited carbs to once a week.

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Two months later, I had lost 10 pounds and never felt better. I decided to keep going with my healthy food choices, but now I was ready to rediscover exercise. I started walking my kids the half-mile to school every day. This was the perfect opportunity for me to get my body moving while spending time with my children. I also began lifting 5-pound weights three times a week; I did basic arm and ab exercises I found online. (Get a flat belly in just 10 minutes a day with our reader-tested exercise plan!)

After weight loss
Margaret Suther
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I avoided the scale for an entire year as I continued to walk, strength train, and watch my diet. I knew I was shedding pounds based on how my clothes were fitting, so I decided to weigh myself. I was absolutely shocked: I had lost over 85 pounds! I had never been that small in my entire life. The feeling was incredible, but something was missing. Despite losing all that fat, I didn't really have any muscle mass. I decided to challenge myself to strength train more. I didn't just want to be skinny; I wanted to be strong, too.

Now, 4 years after I started, I've lost a total of 115 pounds. I weigh 180, I wear a size 10, and my body fat has dropped from 50% to 23%. I'm so happy with my shape that it's led to a passion for fitness I never thought was possible. I'm still walking—sometimes running—and lifting weights every day, and I always plan my meals to stay on track. I have so much confidence in who I am now that I'm able to be a better role model for my kids. It's still a learning process for me, but I think that's what I love about this lifelong journey.

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After weight loss
Margaret Suther

My path also led me to pursue certification as a Personal Trainer and Sports Nutritionist, which I completed in December 2013. My goal is to help others who are struggling with their weight and self-image. I know what it's like to look in the mirror and be unhappy about what you see. I created a Facebook page where I'm available to answer questions and inspire others. I truly want people to know that turning your health around and transforming your life is achievable—especially without an expensive gym membership.






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