After being overweight her entire life, Corinne finally made lasting changes when her son was a year old. She lost 100 pounds in 18 months and has kept it off for 14 years! She now runs a popular weight loss membership site called PNP Tribe.
This should have been posted back in 2015, but it came in just before I found out I was pregnant and I went a little nuts. Sorry Corinne!
|Turning Point:||No energy to play with my son|
|Weight Loss Plan:||My own livable plan|
|Weight Loss:||100 pounds|
|Biggest Change||Energy & Motivation|
What led you to being overweight?
I was overweight ALL MY LIFE. I come from a single parent home, limited income, and raised in the 80’s when McDonald’s and buffets were how single mothers could feed their kids. We often ate poor quality food and were told to eat a lot of it not knowing when the next meal was.
Combine that with not playing sports and it caused me to go from an overweight teen to an obese 20-30 year old. I just kept eating the same way, thinking the same ole thoughts about food.
What prompted you to make a change? Why did you start?
I started in 2003 after my son turned a year old. He was getting so active and I was tired, weighed 250 lbs, and probably had postpartum depression. I was heart broken that I was so out of shape and I was even more sad that I was a fat wife and a mom passing on a unhealthy legacy that I HATED.
One day I cried and told my husband something had to change. I didn’t know what was going to happen but today I was going to start moving and doing better. I had no plan, no diet, no goals…I had simply changed my thoughts from “you are so fat” to “you are doing something to feel good.”
Why were you successful THIS TIME? What was different from your previous attempts to lose weight?
For me it was the fact I didn’t start a big diet. I looked at my life and decided to change ONLY the things I knew I could handle in the moment. My kid was needy so I knew I could handle going to the gym. I didn’t see exercise as a punishment; this time exercise was a reward of free time. It was still hard because I was so out of shape but I would just go to the gym and walk. I never made myself do anything I wasn’t ready for mentally and physically.
Same with food. At first I changed nothing and then started making SMALL changes I knew I could do. I would eat out of smaller plates and bowls but still have ice cream and cake. I added vegetables to my hamburgers. When we went out to eat, we skipped places that had buffets. I just made a lot of small changes!
What program did you follow to lose weight?
I followed “What works for Corinne” program. I lost 80 lbs that way and the last 20 I joined Weight Watchers. I did that because I had never counted calories or anything and thought it was time to monitor portion control. It worked. I’m lifetime but I do not use WW anymore.
Because I was so active I actually found I was under eating for the things I was doing. I went from couch potato to running races and doing triathlons after losing 80 lbs. I was never fast but I was out there taking last place like a champ!
How did you stay committed and focused after the initial honeymoon stage?
I never put long term goals in front of myself or denied myself anything. I didn’t have a honeymoon stage, honestly. When I crafted a plan that worked with my lifestyle, the decisions were easy. The only thing I had to work on was my exercise.
I had a fear of taking days off for a long time so I didn’t. But, I did make sure that my activity was so low level that it wasn’t “hurting” me. Most of my early activity was walking and I could do that daily. It helped with habits for sure.
How do you avoid emotional eating and/or binge eating?
I’ve never been a binge eater. Emotional eating I avoid by truly listening to my body. I ask myself is my hunger starting in my body or my brain? When it starts in the body you can know your body needs fuel.
When I’m “thinking” about food I know it indicative of an emotional fuel…take a break, have a good cry, I’m tired, I’m bored, I’m worried about something, etc. I’ve practiced over the years to be mindful of when the body speaks to me versus the head.
What were the key lifestyle changes that you HAD to make in order to be successful?
The keys to keeping it off are simple:
- Walk or run daily
(I am for 10,000 steps using a Fitbit)
- Lift weights 3-5 times a week
- Keep great, healthy food in the house
- Prep food weekly for our whole family
(I don’t weigh or measure anything.)
- Eat more fresh food than convenience food
- Always have frozen dinners for emergencies
- Eat out 1-2 times a week at places I get things made the way I like it
- Don’t cut out any food groups or macros
- Drink water daily
- Get 7-9 hours of sleep every day
What online tools or apps do you use to manage your weight?
I use Phit-n-Phat.com. I happen to be the founder, but for me having a community of women who “get the mental side” of weight loss is what keeps me down 100 lbs.
We use a variety of apps but currently I practice trusting my body over formulas written by someone who has no clue about me.
What are your most important kitchen tools?
Magic Bullet! I make a shake every night. Next would be my double oven. I roast a ton of vegetables each week and bake a lot of chicken so it saves prep time. I have three crock pots! I make broths, soups, proteins, you name it.
My microwave reheats our dinners. I make all of our food on Sunday and the rest of the week I just reheat things and we are eating in 10 minutes flat!
What do you do for exercise?
- Lift weights 3-5 times a week (depends on the season)
- Run 3-4 times a week (depends on the season)
- EVERY DAY, I shoot for 10,000 steps with my Fitbit
Most of that is walking and working on a treadmill
- Yoga 1-2 times a week & teach yoga
How do you handle friends or family that try to sabotage your efforts?
They don’t. My feeling is no on can sabotage me. I’m in control of my mouth and stomach. I’m in control of my thoughts. We all have the power to choose what we think. People who feel sabotaged are doing that to themselves.
Someone can offer me doughnuts and ice cream every day and twice on Sunday. So what? They are offering. I can think like a victim and eat it or I can think for myself and say no. Food has no power unless you give it power over you.
Once I realized I just needed to own my own thoughts cop outs like “others are sabotaging me” went away.
What is the biggest difference in your life since the weight loss?
The biggest difference is how I feel each day. I’m energized over tired & motivated instead of depressed. I became a trainer and yoga teacher.
Losing weight and the process of doing it taught me about the person I was on the inside. I had a few things to clean up on how I thought but overall the person I was is just now reflected in my image.
What do you still struggle with?
I struggle with distracted eating. Eating while working and watching TV is a habit I’m working on these days. I know a key part of understanding your body and trusting it is to stay in tune with it.
What would you say to someone who thinks they cannot be successful with their own weight loss?
Why? I would ask them to tell me about why they think this. It’s not a lack of knowing what foods, diet, macros, exercise and such. It’s a matter of why do THINK you can’t? If you think you can’t then your brain will prove you right every time.
What mantra/quote/scripture do you rely on when things are difficult?
Last place is the girl on her couch.
Do you have any final thoughts to share?
Start your journey with your thoughts. I became my own best friend and when I had compassion for myself instead of hating myself THEN I found a whole new life.
How can people connect with you online?
Have your own success story published!