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How Megan K. Dropped 100 Pounds—One Step at a Time!

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Megan K., 38, a kindergarten teacher in Philadelphia, PA, had tried to lose weight before, but nothing seemed to work. “I’ve struggled with my weight on and off throughout my life,” says Megan. “And I had always been interested in fitness, but I was never able to stick with it.” So when Megan learned about Fitbit trackers from a friend last spring, her husband took note. “He bought me a Fitbit One for my birthday,” says Megan, “and it was love at first sight.”

“I was instantly motivated by having a step goal,” she says. “Once I saw I could regularly hit 10,000 steps, I was unstoppable.” Megan spent the summer working out in the mornings, going for a walk or to the gym, and reaching her step goal by daybreak. And soon tracking steps became a family activity—Megan’s son began joining her on daily walks. “It’s really important to me to be a good example to my son,” she says.

When she returned to school in the fall, Megan was 40 pounds lighter and her co-workers were impressed. “A lot of people were asking how I did it,” she says. Megan was more than happy to share her secret. She managed to convince the school’s human resources department to purchase 10 Fitbit trackers for employees to “check out,” and use to compete against each other in monthly challenges. The other teachers love the program. “There are always 10 people using the ones from the school, and at the end of the check-out period a lot of them end up buying their own Fitbit trackers!” says Megan.

Today, Megan and several of her co-workers spend their free periods and lunches walking together, and the group of 10 has grown to over 30 teachers. “It really changed the culture of our work environment—even the students notice it,” says Megan. “We push each other to be more active, and I’ve increased my goal to 15,000 steps a day now,” she adds.

Adding more steps to her daily routine was a good start, but Megan knew if she really wanted to improve her health she wouldn’t get there with a fitness-only approach. She also made an effort to make better food choices. “Being active and eating well go hand in hand,” she says. “Once you start doing one, the other catches up.”

Her one-step-at-a-time approach is ultimately what helped Megan lose all of her extra weight. “It can be overwhelming to try to do 10,000 steps all at once,” she says. “But it’s really surprising how quickly it can all add up.” And after losing 100 pounds, it has certainly has added up!

Megan’s initial goal to simply walk 10,000 steps a day has also lead her to try new workouts and activities. These days Megan can be found running, swimming, and biking, too. “My Fitbit has changed my life,” she says, “I’m more active than I’ve ever been, and my Fitbit One has made it so easy for me to get here.”

Megan’s advice for others:

Rack Up the Steps All Day
“Trying to do 10,000 steps at once didn’t always fit into my schedule, and seemed hard to do,” says Megan. “But going on a little walk in the morning, and another after lunch helped my steps add up.”

Set Goals that Work for YOU
“I know some of my coworkers are hitting 30,000 steps on a regular basis, and it’s tempting to compete with that—I really hate losing,” Megan says. “So sometimes I have to remind myself that’s a lot of steps, and that number isn’t always realistic for me on a daily basis. 15,000 is what works for me, and that’s still super active.”

Believe It’s Possible!
“Even if you’re someone who struggles with fitness, or if being active doesn’t come naturally to you, you can do it—and it can all be done with walking,” says Megan. “You don’t have to go out and kill yourself every day, just set a goal with Fitbit and ease into it.”

 

What’s helping you reach your health and fitness goals? Offer your tips and advice in the comments below, and share your success story with us! 

 

Kick Your Late Night Snack Habit to Lose Weight

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Kick your midnight snack habit

It’s late, but you only have one more episode of Orange Is The New Black to get through—you can’t quit after getting this far, right?! So the DVR goes into “play next” mode and you hunker down on the couch. At the same time, your stomach growls and you make a mental note of what’s in the kitchen: microwave popcorn, left over chicken and pasta from dinner, half a tub of hummus… The next thing you know, you’re wrist deep in a carton of mint chocolate chip ice cream. How bad is a little midnight snack, anyway?

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Skipping Meals Can Sabotage Your Weight

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Skipping meals can sabotage weight loss goals

At Foodtrainers, we’re huge fans of the food log. Especially for self-described “healthy eaters,” the devil (or weight loss) is in the details. And with many of our clients, I can see from their journals they’re already making decent choices. Many of our clients have slashed excess sugar and “white” carbs. But what I do find is evidence of underfueling, or eating too little. And underfueling leads to over fueling, which can ultimately sabotage your weight loss goal.

I suspect underfueling when clients say “I do so well during the day, it’s at night when I have problems with self-control.” Sound familiar? If you come home from work and turn into a snack monster, keep reading.

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Celebrity Trainer Harley Pasternak Shares His Tips for Losing Weight and Staying Fit

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Harley Pasternak offers his tips on losing weight and staying fit

Harley Pasternak has been training some of the biggest celebrities in Hollywood for years. With the release of his latest book, 5 Pounds, we got the chance to ask him for a few of his top tips for losing weight and staying fit! We were also lucky enough to receive 20 copies of his new book that we’ll be giving away. Read on to learn what you can do to start getting fit today, and how to enter to win your copy!

What are a few things Fitbit users can start doing today to help kickstart their weight loss?

Don’t be afraid to get a little less efficient with your day. Park farther away from the entrance to the grocery store. Take your dog around the block rather than just letting her out in the back yard. Take your groceries inside in three trips instead of one. Shovel your walk instead of using a snowblower.

One thing I like to do is to make plans for walking coffees with my friends. And I have an earpiece for my phone so I can make my phone calls while I’m moving.

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Success Story: Kodi S.

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When we hear about Fitbit users who’ve reached their goals, we love to share the news! Today’s success story comes from Kodi S., who surpassed his goals beyond what he even thought possible! You can read previous success stories here

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Growing up, I would have never been considered a “natural” athlete, nor an active person. By the age of 26, I had ballooned to over 350 pounds and was at risk for several medical issues, including diabetes and high blood pressure. I knew I had to make a dramatic change to save my life.

Upon moving to a walkable city, I ditched my car and began daily walks, which over time grew in distance and intensity. At my heaviest weight, vigorous activity was not an option. I started with reasonable goals, using a basic pedometer, attempting to reach 10,000 steps (or 5 miles daily).

I began walking 3 miles to work daily, and before I knew it, I was approaching 7,000 steps by 9am, motivating me to push harder. Not only was I reducing my carbon footprint, but walking was something I could faithfully commit to.

 The weight began to fall off, but it wasn’t until I discovered my first Fitbit (Ultra) that I truly found lasting success.

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Fitbit Success Stories: Bryce P.

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Growing up, I was a multi-sport athlete in excellent shape. Over the last 10 years, I really let my fitness get away from me. Life happened. I allowed myself to slip using my busy life at work and home as an excuse for my poor to non-existent fitness. On December 26th, 2013 I stepped on the scale. I didn’t really weigh myself regularly so in my mind, I was still athletic and in shape. The number astounded me: 277 pounds.

At that moment, I drew a line in the sand and began my mission to get back into shape and reclaim my health. read more

Fitbit Success Stories: Jonathan B.

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Fitbit Success Stories is a recurring feature on the Fitbit Blog. You’ll read inspirational and personal stories about Fitbit users who have achieved amazing things as a result of their Fitbit tracker, diet, exercise, and sheer ambition.

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“Fight! No matter what happens in the next 24 hours I want you to fight and never give up. You hear me?”

Those were the words whispered to me on November 4, 2013, and they shaped the last year of my life. You see, that was the day I was rolled back into an operating room for a gastric bypass surgery. Everyone was scared of what would happen once I came out of surgery. The doctor was preparing everyone for the possibility that I would wind up in the ICU for a couple days or longer.

It was a surgery that not only saved my life, but gave me a new body and a new lease on life. I never went to the ICU. Though I had no major complications from the surgery and my recovery was a breeze, that comment about fighting has stuck with me this last year. It has become my motivation and my credo.

No matter what happens, each and every day I need to fight. I need to fight to get my body back. read more

Fitbit Success Stories: Ann D.

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Fitbit Success Stories is a recurring feature on the Fitbit Blog. You’ll read inspirational and personal stories about Fitbit users who have achieved amazing things as a result of their Fitbit tracker, diet, exercise, and sheer ambition.

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“It’s time.” That’s what the voice in my head was telling me: that it was time to do something about my weight. It was early 2013 and I was carrying around 286 lbs. on my 5’6” frame—not a healthy place to be as I approached my 50th birthday.

I knew that things had to be different this time around – that whatever changes I made to my life had to be sustainable over the long-term. After all, what would be the point of working really hard to lose weight, only to end up gaining that weight back again?

I started out by keeping a food diary so I could get an accurate handle on the quantities and types of foods I was eating.

About four months into my weight loss journey, I treated myself to a Fitbit Flex with the hope of boosting my physical activity level.

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Fitbit Success Stories: Annemarie

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Fitbit Success Stories is a recurring feature on the Fitbit Blog. You’ll read inspirational and personal stories about Fitbit users who have achieved amazing things as a result of their Fitbit tracker, diet, exercise, and sheer ambition.

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At 48 years-old I was in constant pain and felt like a prisoner in my own home. Just walking around my house caused my feet and heels to ache, and I was afraid I was going to end up dying young. I had tried every diet out there and even thought about getting gastric bypass surgery. But I was afraid of the recovery and complications, not to mention the cost of the surgery.

At over 376 pounds I was sure that I just couldn’t do it on my own. I ended up in the ER one night. The doctor told me I had a heart murmur and was pre-diabetic. He advised me to begin taking better care of myself and losing some weight. Thinking about how much weight I needed to lose was overwhelming. But I was so tired of popping Motrin like candy, and my stomach was constantly aching from to the overuse of pain relievers.

A few weeks later I was watching The Biggest Loser on TV. I saw that the heaviest woman they had ever had on the show was almost as big as I was! I thought to myself, “If she could do this, I had to at least try one more time.” So I started by getting on my recumbent bike and watching The Biggest Loser at the same time. Needless to say, it took several days  of building up before I could get through an entire episode.

Not only did I lose over 206 pounds, but I was finally able to fulfill a lifetime dream…

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Fitbit Success Stories: Jennifer L.

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This week we’re celebrating Mother’s Day with our friends over at MyFitnessPal. Whether you’re a mom or you just happen to have one, you’ll find great tips and advice for staying healthy and happy all year long. Today’s post is a success story from Jennifer L., a 38-year-old Canadian stay-at-home-mom to 2 girls, ages 8 and 11. She lost amazing 92lbs. using Fitbit and MyFitnessPal!

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In August 2012, Jennifer decided to get serious about losing weight. “I was tired of having to wear plus-sized clothes. In my town there aren’t a lot of choices for larger women, so I hated what I looked like in the clothes I had to wear,” says Jennifer. “I didn’t want my children to be embarrassed to have an overweight mum, who wasn’t able to do things with them. My self-esteem was low and I felt invisible.”

She knew she needed a change, so she decided to try MyFitnessPal. “It’s so easy to keep track of what food I eat because of the huge food database & the scanner,” she says. “Before I started losing weight, I wasn’t exercising at all, unless we took the family to a zoo or something. I was eating WAY too many calories—a lot of sweets including chocolate, pastries, ice cream—and not enough real food. MFP helped me watch my food and nutrition, because it showed me which macro levels and micronutrients to focus on. The forums were also very helpful whenever I had a question. In the end, the content of my diet hasn’t changed too drastically. I go by IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros), so I don’t discount anything from my diet.”

“As of March 30, 2014, I lost 75lbs. It’s so hard to believe…”

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