How One Woman Lost 156 Pounds and Got Off Most of Her Medications

Just a year ago, NaTasha Glaspy took medications for diabetes, cholesterol, and high blood pressure.

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Name: NaTasha Glaspy

Age: 29

Start Date: March 2015

Start Weight: 376 pounds

Current Weight: 220 pounds

What was the turning point that made you want to lose weight?

I decided to lose weight after losing my job and being unable to afford my monthly maintenance medications — two blood pressure pills, a diabetes pill, and a cholesterol pill. I realized my weight was the reason I was on most of my medications. That depressed me even more, and I decided that it was time to make a change.

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Why did you post your weight-loss transformation online?

I wanted to motivate other people who were trying to lose weight, especially women like me with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Also because I wanted to always be able to look at how far I've come and where I never want to return.

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Did your weight ever hold you back from things you wanted to do?

My weight held me back from flying on airplanes because the seat belts didn't fit, and that was obviously considered a safety issue. I also couldn't ride ride rollercoasters because of similar safety restrictions. For about six years, I worked with kids, and I missed out on so many engaging moments like field trips and just running around with them because I was always too tired.

Had you tried losing weight in the past?

I've tried losing weight several times in the past by doing "fad" diets, which never worked out. This time was different because I did an actual lifestyle change. I also incorporated physical activity into my schedule.

How did your diet change when you were trying to lose weight?

When I was losing weight, I began counting calories and focusing on my carb intake because my body is insulin resistant. I also began eating according to a schedule based on whether I exercised, worked that day, or if it was a rest day.

How did your fitness level change when you were trying to lose weight?

In the beginning, my fitness level was fairly non-existent. I remember going into a bootcamp that was designed for obese people, and the trainer told us we had to walk briskly for 20 minutes. I thought that was physically impossible. As I continued working out more, my endurance began to build up tremendously.

What have the best and worst parts of weight loss been?

The best part of weight loss is the newfound energy and being able to do things I've never done before. I'm also not taking all of those medications anymore and have even lowered my A1C (blood sugar level) from 6.7 to 5.1. The worst part is hitting plateaus and having the excess skin.

Give us an example of what your meals and snacks look like throughout the day.

Breakfast: I normally eat an egg white and veggie omelet with turkey bacon and a small piece of fruit.

Lunch: I have something like a salad or grilled salmon with zucchini or roasted broccoli with a 1/2 cup of brown rice.

Dinner: Dinner normally consists of either a foil-wrapped chicken breast with veggies, or baked spaghetti squash with turkey meat and low-fat cheese.

Snacks: I usually snack on foods like almonds, fruits and berries, a cup of air-popped popcorn, raw veggies with Greek yogurt-based dip, or sometimes a low-carb protein shake.

Meal Prepping 😆

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What's your favorite healthy meal?

My favorite healthy meal is spinach and feta cheese turkey burgers with zucchini fries.

What's your favorite "cheat" day treat?

My favorite cheat treat are my peanut butter cookies. They're actually very healthy! Here's the recipe:

NaTasha's Peanut Butter and Banana Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 2 Tbsp almond butter
  • 1/2 Tsp vanilla
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Mash banana and thoroughly mix in peanut butter and vanilla flavor
  3. Scoop batter into small balls
  4. Place them on a non-stick cookie sheet and flatten with a fork
  5. Place in oven for 10-15 minutes until cookies begin to brown slightly
  6. Remove from oven and let cool

What does your fitness routine look like now?

I work out about five days a week for 45 minutes to an hour. I include cardio and strength-training. My cardio includes Zumba, running, bootcamp, and group exercise classes.

How do you keep yourself motivated when you feel like giving up?

To keep myself motivated, I scroll through my progress pics and look at how far I've come over the past year and a half. Sometimes I'll even get out my old jeans and put them on. (My entire body can fit in one pant leg now!)

What tips do you have for people who don't know where to start when it comes to losing weight?

Think about why you're starting this journey and keep it glued to your heart — remember slow progress is still progress. Eat according to your goals, take plenty of progress pics, and never give up on your journey.

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