Anybody who wants to lose weight struggles with the courage just to show up at a gym and the fear of not being able to keep it up. One Atlanta couple says we don’t ever have to worry about that again.
Local lesbians Morgan Victoria and Lyndsay Rosenlund (photo right, today and left, at their 2011 wedding) have an inspiring story to share. They lost a combined 150 pounds with one caveat: No gym judgments.
“Honestly, all of it was kind of hard,' Victoria tells CNN. “At 255 pounds, you don't actually want to do anything. … Exercising was hard because I was embarrassed. Nobody wants to be the fat girl working out.”
The journey began at a “silly” high school reunion in 2012 when Victoria, now 30, picked up a nametag bearing her senior photo.
“I'm wearing a picture of me ten years younger and 100 pounds lighter. It was humiliating,” she says.
Throwing out the shame they felt at the gym, the couple started walking two hours a day. And like a season of “Biggest Loser,” the pounds started coming off each week. Also like the show, a national television audience got inspiration when CNN shared the story.
Unlike “Biggest Loser,” the couple's program is simple and easy to maintain. It's also way more manageable psychologically than the perceived pressure of a gym. Victoria lost 100 pounds in nine months by moving more and eating less. Her wife actually didn’t start out to lose weight but dropped 50 pounds just by joining her in support.
In addition to their walks and monitoring meals, they frequent fewer restaurants. When they do eat out, the couple makes smart substitutions like water instead of alcohol and vinaigrette instead of ranch dressing. They keep hunger at bay by loading up on big salads, popcorn and lean protein.