Lobke Meulemeester, who lives in the UK used to weigh 233 pounds and was suffering from body pains when walking, climbing stairs and even trying to sleep.
One day, she realized it’s time to take control and started changing her habits. Now, Lobke is 158 pounds and has maintained her weight for over a year since she began her weight loss journey in 2015.
She lost weight by following the Weight Watchers program and buying a Fitbit to track her steps during her daily walk. Even though she lost an amazing 75 pounds she still has days where she doesn’t go to the gym and indulges in a piece of chocolate.
This is how she looked before losing 75 pounds.
She told her weight-loss story to POPSUGAR and when asked what made her start losing the weight she said:”I came to a point in my life where doing simple tasks like walking became difficult. Walking short distances gave me a backache.” Lobke was borderline diabetic. “I knew things had to change if I wanted to prolong my life. But it wasn’t only physical — my mental state was also suffering. I had no confidence in myself and didn’t care anymore.”
“I have always been a little overweight as a kid, even though I was quite active. And this continued through adulthood but escalated after my mother suddenly died back in October 2013. Dieting and losing weight got put back and I wasn’t on my mind at all.” She added.
And when it comes to the method she used to shred her pounds Lobke explained: “I had used Weight Watchers before so I thought I’d give it another go. I followed the program, combined with exercise and daily hour-long walks while being on lunch break at work.” She even got herself a Fitbit and tracked her daily steps.
“I enjoyed doing the challenges with people all over the world and it got me walking in all sorts of weather. Before Weight Watchers, I had tried a few different weight-loss programs like SlimFast, calorie-counting, and shakes. I had lost weight but always ended up regaining after going back to normal foods.”
When POPSUGAR asked her about her working out style and weekly exercise schedule she said: “I love to go to classes. I find it more fun than just using the cardio machines, although I do plow through it sometimes as I know that’s what works for me.”
“It depends. I try and go to the gym three times a week but I never set myself a target or set days; I go when I feel like it. Sometimes I have days where I can’t face it and go home and have takeaway instead. It’s all about balance!”
This is how Lobke looks after losing 75 pounds. She went from a size 22 to a size 12.
When it comes to what made her feel proud and excited after losing the weigh she happily said:”It was the confidence I gained while losing weight. Not only did I feel so much better and more alive, but I also started to love how I looked as a result. My skin was glowing, I was smiling more, and I started enjoying clothes shopping again.”
Lobke explained that she used a Weight Watchers app to track her progress. ” I also have a sheet I made in my kitchen at the moment where I track the days until I go on holiday which I cross off every day so I can keep motivated and on track until then. It’s good to have goals to work toward.” She added.
This is what she eats in a day: “I start my day with a good, filling protein breakfast that will keep me going until 11-ish. Lunch would also be a sandwich with a good amount of protein like chicken. I make sure I have plenty of fruit with me to snack on during the day, and I also make sure I have a little treat in the afternoon with a cup of coffee to keep me going. Being Belgian, that’s mostly chocolate!:
However, she doesn’t count calories. “I have tried using the MyFitnessPal app before and it’s just not for me. I want something that’s easy and doesn’t require me to weigh everything I eat.”
Finally, when asked what are the healthy staples that are always in her fridge, Lobke said:”You will always find yogurts, pineapple, almond milk, eggs, precooked chicken, and pickles in my fridge.”
What an amazing and inspiring transformation.