Weight Loss Success and Chocolate is a Health Food

Well, I totally forgot about Weight Loss Wednesday because I thought it was Thursday! I am a mess.

A mess in a dress showing too much chest.IMG_5537

But, I’m happy because my client gave me an Easter present! YOGURTLAND!!! Who wants to join me? Seriously. I haven’t had fro-yo in almost 40 days and 40 nights. I’m shaking from the withdrawals. 20120404_101805

After my morning client I did my own back and biceps workout. I switched out the nuts for 2 string cheeses. 20120404_101930

Lunch was leftovers from last night’s chicken stir fry. This was more filling than my usual salad! IMG_9482 (600x800)

Then, I headed to the ‘bucks for a meet up with one of the trainers I met while leading the hike a few weeks back. We’re going to be helping each other out on a few upcoming projects. Hint hint, she’s a triathlon coach. I’ll leave it at that.IMG_9484 (600x800)

Remember back in the day when I was just a little gigolo used to feature Weight Loss Success stores on RER?

Well, I didn’t.

But, a reader did. And she emailed me her weight loss success story.

Paige lost 133 pounds and has kept it off for 15 months! I asked her the questions I’m sure you’re dying to know…

Paige Before:weight loss beforePaige After:weight loss after picture

RER: How did you lose the weight?

Paige: I lost the weight with diet and exercise. (No pills, diets, surgery, gimmicks.)

RER: What was a typical day like when you were losing?

Paige: When I was losing the weight and still do now with maintaining, It’s bout being in tune with my body. Feeding it for fuel not for pleasure. So I focused each day on making good choices and getting what my body needed for exercise. I also work a full time job, as well as enjoy my husband and two children in the process. Life is good!

RER: What do you eat in a typical day (now)?

Paige: Breakfast: Usually Oatmeal and berries with a serving of Reddi Eggs. (scrambled with salsa.)

    AM Snack: Cottage Cheese and red grapes

    Lunch: Turkey sandwich on wheat sandwich thin, with lettuce and a Jalapeno greek yogurt spread from Costco, and a cheese stick.

    Afternoon Snack: Greek Yogurt and granola

    Dinner: 4 oz of chicken, fish or turkey burger patty, 4 oz baked sweet potato, 1 1/2 cups broccoli and a pad of real butter.

    PM Snack: 1/cup of cottage cheese or a cheese stick.

RER: What do you do for exercise?

Paige: I try to get to the gym and do resistance training 3 times a week and then cardio 4 times a week. (Usually I just add in cardio after each resistance workout so I’m only working out 4 days a week at most. Cardio may include anything from the stair climber, to the bike, to running. It varies.

RER: What’s your biggest obstacle in maintaining now?

Paige: I’ve been maintaining for over a year now and really I have no desire to go back to being “Fat Paige” I think it’s motivation in itself when I’m finally enjoying things I’ve never though were possible in my life. Why would I want to give any of that up? I love being active and love feeling healthy.

RER: Any tips for someone trying to lose weight now?

Paige: Anybody can lose weight! I did. And I thought it was merely an impossible task. Just put your mind to it and don’t deviate from what you want for you and your body. You can become anything you want to be! Never limit yourself. Find a support system and make it happen. Most importantly….BELIEVE in yourself!

Paige blogs at Joy Journey Paige !

In other Health / Running / Other News:

Finally, science catches up with something I discovered years ago… Yale study concludes Chocolate is a Health Food.

Not able to attend the London Olympics? You can watch all three of the U.S. Men’s Olympic Marathon runners in New York May 12th! The men will be running the UAE Healthy Kidney 10K.

I’m surprised my new best friend, Abdi Abdirahman didn’t mention it when we were hanging out a few weeks ago at the Endurance Live Awards. I guess we were just too busy exchanging running tips…IMG_7748 (800x532)

Questions: Consider chocolate a health food? Necessity? Life line?

Anyone going to the Olympics?

And don’t forget to tell Paige she rocks!


  1. says

    Shut up! Paige looks awesome! Congrats are seriously in order. Thank you for sharing your story, Paige.

    And Monica… I think that is the best gift ever! Surprised you didn’t just sprint over there as soon as it was in your hands! 😉

    Triathlon, huh? Pleading insanity yet? haha. j/k. you’ll do great.

  2. says

    Congratulations, Paige. You look incredible.
    I think I’m drooling over the Yogurtland. I haven’t had any in five weeks, and won’t for probably another year. (We don’t have anything that delicious here, so I only get it on holidays!)

  3. says

    Hi Monica! Paige’s story is so inspirational! I was wondering if you’d be interested in letting me share my story! :) I’ve been on the news, and I was featured in Fitness magazine in March. I love to inspire others to lead healthy lives, so if you’re interested, let me know! I’d love to share!

    Email: crouch.adrian@yahoo.com
    Website: http://www.chasefear.com

    Love your blog!!!!! It makes me smile! :)

  4. says

    We actually did try for Olympics tix. They did the first two rounds like a lottery. And we didn’t get any of the events we put in for. And by the time they released the rest of the tickets to the public, everything good was gone and airfare was over $1500 a person. No thanks.

    The Kidless Kronicles

  5. says

    Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate!!! Need it in my life in every form: milk, dark, and yes white chocolate. My favorite right now? The “robin eggs” malted milk balls out for Easter. So much better than regular Whoppers because they have a hard candy shell. YUM.

  6. says

    I’m not going to the Olympics, but I am running the UAE Healthy Kidney on May 12th! Hopefully I’ll get a glance a the mens team before the start. If they are anywhere near as fast as the professionals who ran the NYC Half that I ran (am they certainly are), I’m sure it would be possible to miss them running by if you as much as blink!

    Congrats Paige on your weight loss.. you look great!!! So inspiring.

  7. says

    Looking good there Paige.
    On chocolates…I’m gonna grab one of the Hershey’s thin dark choc…don’t judge! It says “Only 30 calories”!

  8. says

    I love reading other weight loss stories they are so inspiring!!

    I’ve lost 85lbs and people always want to hear my story, like I know some secret others don’t and its great to see other women doing it the right way. Changing their lives rather than going on some “crash diet”

    She looks AMAZING!

  9. says

    Hey now! I have the same dress (the purple one in the last pic) except it has a different collar! How does that happen?

    Anyway, I love it :-)

    And thank you for that interview with Paige. before & after pictures are SO inspiring to me!

  10. says

    Great job Paige! She was right about thinking of food as fuel. I have lost 35 pounds and it hasn’t been hard to maintain. I undulge when I feel the need, especially with chocolate! I just don’t go overboard.

  11. Katie P says

    Wow Paige, way to rock it! Change is hard and making the changes that results in such a big weight loss is inspiring! You deserved a hard earned standing ovation!

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