The secret to Stephanie Cyr's 102-pound weight loss? No-gym workouts and an app that kept her from hitting the kid snacks.

By As told to Rozalynn S. Frazier
March 11, 2014

Stephanie Cyr
35, 5'2"
Woodbridge, Va.

Before
221 lb.
Dress size: 14/16

Around the time I got married in August 2002, I went from being a pre-K teacher who was always on the go to an assistant who sat for eight hours a day. That was the beginning of my weight gain. Then came the babies—three in six years—and a switch to stay-at-home momhood. Still, I couldn't wrap my mind around the pound pileup until Christmas 2011, when I was loading photos onto Facebook. As I compared my old and new pictures, I noticed how chubby I'd become. My first thought: I need to get active right now.

Baby steps Three days later, I began walking for an hour each night. I mapped out a three-mile course that took me through the hills in my neighborhood. In mid-January, I traded my evening walks for 30-minute sessions on the elliptical in my basement. I also added Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred DVD to the mix. Working my way through those intense 20-minute segments was tough, but the results—stronger arms and legs—were almost instant. The weight, though, was slow to budge; I had dropped only 5 pounds in six weeks.

After
119 lb.
Dress size: 2/4

Total lost
102 lb.
Sizes lost: 6/7

Sam Robles Calorie recall So in February, I downloaded the MyFitnessPal app. Once I started logging my meals, I realized I was scarfing 1,700 calories a day, thanks to my love of Dr. Pepper and kid-friendly snacks (chips, Goldfish). After cutting back to 1,200 calories, I lost 20 pounds. With the weather warming up, I headed back outdoors to resume walking and soon began running. The weight loss, like my pace, sped up, and by June I had shed four dress sizes, going from a 10 to a 6. I kept up these habits over the next eight months and lost more than 100 pounds. The best moment? When I picked up my youngest for a hug, she said, "Mommy, I can touch my toes around your tummy now!"

How I'm keeping the weight off
No rebound pounds: These strategies help Stephanie maintain her amazing shape. Steal your favorites, and find more tested tips on Pinterest (pinterest.com/goodhealth).

CRAVINGS BUSTER: CARROTS AND CUCUMBERS
I always have some in the house. When I'm hankering for a treat, I pull them out. I know I can eat a lot more vegetables than sweets and be satisfied.

NEW SMART INDULGENCE: SKINNY COW SNACKS
I absolutely love the peanut-butter-and-chocolate-wafer ones. You get just enough chocolate without too many calories.

MY AMAZING POSSE: MOMS RUN THIS TOWN
"My network of runners helps hold me accountable. I have more than 150 women in my local chapter to lean on—every Saturday morning, we pound the pavement.

MY CONFIDENCE BOOSTER: A LITTLE BLACK DRESS
I hadn't been able to squeeze into an LBD since college. Now I wear a tank-style one that's low-cut and clingy. And it looks great!

MY GET-PUMPED MUSIC: HEAVY METAL
There is something about the beat that makes me feel aggressive. That's how I need to be when I run. If I'm not aggressive, then I won't do the miles.

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