Kacey Lauchnor, 25, grew up in a family with suspect health habits. “If we ever ate a vegetable, it was covered in cheese,” says the graphic designer from Herriman, Utah. Her eating habits continued throughout college and after her wedding, and by 2012, 5’6″ Kacey clocked in at 232 pounds. “I knew I was getting fat,” she says. “But I still thought, I’m not that fat.
After her husband—who had reached 314 pounds himself—was denied life insurance coverage because of his size, Kacey signed them up for a variety of workout classes. “It was hard at first but a lot of fun,” she says. “It was always something different—cardio, lunges, squats, kickboxing.” By August 2014, she had cracked the 150’s, and before the winter holidays, Kacey saw 140 pounds on the scale for the first time she could remember. (Her husband dropped a cool 85 pounds too.)
Here’s how Kacey was able to accomplish her weight-loss goals:
• Write down the plan. “Willpower doesn’t happen in the moment. Always make food decisions—like what you’ll eat for lunch—ahead of time so you’re not tempted in the moment.”
• Learn what full is. “As I started to focus on eating more slowly, I began to naturally notice when I felt like stopping.”
• Find exercise you enjoy. “If your workout feels like suffering, try something else.”
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For more on Kacey’s incredible weight-loss journey, pick up the July/August 2015 issue of Women’s Health, on newsstands now. In the meantime, check out more inspiring weight-loss success stories and healthy ways to lose weight.