Making Weight Loss Sustainable: How Fit Mother Diane Overcame Health Issues and Fad Diets — and Lost 75 Pounds

Written by: Dr. Anthony Balduzzi,

Founder of The Fit Mother Project & Fit Father Project

Founder, The Fit Mother Project
Founder, The Fit Father Project

Written by: Dr. Anthony Balduzzi,

Founder of The Fit Mother Project & Fit Father Project

Founder, The Fit Mother Project
Founder, The Fit Father Project

making weight loss sustainable

Making weight loss sustainable is easy when you find the health and fitness path that’s right for YOU! Just ask Fit Mother Diane!

Diane is a wife, mother, grandmother, and business owner who, like many busy women, found her health fall by the wayside.

In her late 50s, Diane was over 200 pounds with a host of medical issues. She was pre-diabetic and had plantar fasciitis and high blood pressure. She was also coming off years of struggling with fad diets.

But … Diane found a way to lose 75 pounds and get into the best shape of her life right before her 60th birthday. And she's been sustaining it for years since.

How? It all started when she and her husband found the Fit Mother and Fit Father Project!

Listen to Diane's Story on the Fit Mother Project Podcast:

Dealing With Multiple Medical Issues

Growing up, Diane was thin and athletic.

However, after one year of her marriage, she started having medical problems.

She was prescribed steroids that caused weight gain. 

Besides that, Diane spent almost 31 years of her life fluctuating between being overweight and where she wanted to be.

“The where-I-wanted-to-be periods never lasted for very long.”

She had previously joined gyms and hired a personal trainer, too. 

She would benefit from those workouts to some extent but could never achieve much when it came to making weight loss sustainable.

And even if she could, her medical issues kept holding her back.

She also found it challenging to change her eating habits — she could never exercise control over what she was eating. 

Moreover, she and her husband had a very unorganized eating schedule.

They would often go out and eat despite realizing they were gaining weight.

“We’re always at some restaurant. We would have two, sometimes three, wines and some rich, abundant meals, so the pounds just crept on. And even though we both knew we were getting overweight, we didn’t seem to stop. So we kept thinking we’ll go to the gym harder. We’ll go longer, and we’ll spend more time there.”

Diane would also indulge in stress eating and drinking during holidays and skip the gym regularly.

Before long, Diane succumbed to her sedentary lifestyle, medical conditions, and obesity. 

“I had resigned to the fact that this is it. This is the best it is. I might as well let the doctor put me on all kinds of drugs and take care of everything.”

Both she and her husband had spent a lot of money on other fitness programs to no avail.

However, even during those programs, they were still following an unhealthy lifestyle. 

One day when Diane finally decided to talk to her husband about canceling the gym membership, she was surprised to learn that he had joined the Fit Father Project.

Diane recalls her husband saying, “I want you to do it with me. We always do everything together. If we’re being bad, we’re doing it together. If we’re being good, we’re doing it together. Whatever it is that we’re doing, we’re usually doing it together. We’re thick as thieves; we’re Frick and Frack.”

So, he showed her the Fit Mother Project, and eventually, she joined. 

The couple started following the nutrition and workout plans together, and they were on their way!

Find out how Diane was able to transform her health and lose 75 pounds!

Making Weight Loss Sustainable

After a month or so, Diane lost quite a few pounds, but her husband lost more. 

“I thought, it’s not fair. But truth be told, he was more dedicated than I was.” 

He had completely given up on beer; however, Diane continued to drink wine at least twice a week. 

Nevertheless, the initial weight loss gave Diane the motivation to continue the plan with a deeper willingness and desire to commit.

And eventually, Diane gave up drinking, too.

“I quit. The first two weeks made me look at myself deeply and hard.”

Around the same time, Diane joined the Fit Mother Project; she was dealing with plantar fasciitis in both her feet.

She was also diagnosed with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and pre-diabetes.

Her doctor told her that she was obese.

“I had fancy and expensive inserts for both my shoes because it hurt to get out of bed. So the doctor prescribed a list of the drugs he wanted to give me.” 

Nevertheless, Diane challenged herself to fix her health on her own and discussed it with her doctor.

“I told him to give me three months, and we’ll revisit this in three months. If you still feel the same, I’ll let you give me those drugs. He agreed. And this doctor has been my doctor for 30 years.”

A few months into the Fit Mother Project, Diane had her health checkup again.

This time, her reports showed remarkable differences in her health.

She had lost 18 pounds in the first month on the Fit Mother Project.

And it just got better from there! 

Diane lost 75 pounds in 10 months on the Fit Mother Project.

She weighed 216 pounds before starting the program and came down to 140 pounds as she neared the 10-month mark.

However, her 75-pound weight loss journey was not all pleasant and smooth.

Losing the last 10 pounds was especially difficult for her as she underwent tumor removal surgery in her leg. 

Against the doctors’ advice to rest for 4-6 weeks, she recovered enough by the third week to stay in tune with the fitness program.

“The first step was watching my husband be so laser-focused. What made that so easy? What gave him that strength? I felt pride in what he was doing. When he looks at me, I want him to say that I’m his wife who can do anything.”  

Diane found the Fit Mother Project’s nutrition program helpful as it clearly outlined the need for clean eating.

“I liked cleaning up the food. I realized this program is 80% nutrition and 20% exercise.”

So what would Diane say to someone looking to join the Fit Mother Project?

“The Fit Mother Project helped me regain my identity and finally feel happy, content, and comfortable in my skin. I didn’t shop for clothes for years unless I needed something because I didn’t want to see that side. Now I can’t wait to go shopping, spend money, get new things, treat myself, and do girly stuff. So when I think about the Fit Mother Project, it’s just a part of who I am now.” 

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3 Key Takeaways From Diane's Journey

To summarize, here are three key lessons you can learn from Diane’s successful health and fitness journey:

Lesson 1: Nobody's Perfect

Through Diane’s journey, she achieved success despite difficulties.

Along any fitness journey, there will likely be temptations to eat poorly, skip workouts, etc. This is all completely normal and does not define you.

So understand that you will not have the motivation to work hard each day. Reminding yourself of the purpose of your journey and how far you have come will propel you forward.

Lesson 2: Avoid Internalizing Medical Labels

It is important to stay updated on your health. However, when you internalize your medical condition, you will find it more of an excuse than a reason not to try to make it better.

Often, we end up relying more on drugs than our body’s natural abilities against medical conditions. It is a good choice to have an alternative risk management course to medicines.

Lesson 3: Never Give Up

Diane’s journey shows how she picked herself up again after giving up on her weight and medical condition and how it worked wonders for her life.

Giving up means depriving yourself of all the possibilities that lie ahead. Take your own time with things. Make up your solutions and try again if they don’t work out.

Seek support from others or hang in there long enough to see what other opportunities can open up along your journey.

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Dr. Anthony Balduzzi
Founder of The Fit Mother Project & Fit Father Project

Founder, The Fit Mother Project
Founder, The Fit Father Project

After watching his own Dad lose his health and pass away at the young age of 42, Dr. Balduzzi founded The Fit Mother Project and Fit Father Project to help busy moms and dads get and stay healthy for their families.

Dr. Anthony Balduzzi holds dual degrees in Psychology & Nutrition from the University of Pennsylvania, a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine, and is also a former national champion bodybuilder. He’s is most proud of the fact that he’s helped over 40,000 families in over 100 countries lose weight and get healthy for life.

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*Please know that weight loss results & health changes/improvements vary from individual to individual; you may not achieve similar results. Always consult with your doctor before making health decisions. This is not medical advice – simply very well-researched info on making weight loss sustainable.

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