Weight Loss Journey: How an App Helped One Woman Lose 137 Pounds

When the results from a routine doctor’s appointment caught her off guard, Holly Wallis of Goleta, California, knew she need to make some changes. Determined to turn her health around, the mom of two adopted healthy new habits and lost more than 100 pounds.


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What inspired you to start losing weight?

Holly Wallis

Photo by Holly Wallis

Photo by Holly Wallis

I have been overweight for most of my life, but after my annual physical with a new doctor last June, I came across the words “morbidly obese” in the “After Visit Summary.” I was both surprised and touched by how much information my doctor included about weight loss options. This was the turning point for me to get serious about losing weight in order to get healthy, before my weight killed me.

How much weight have you lost and what was the key to your success?
I started my weight-loss journey on July 1, 2017, and since then I have lost 137 pounds. Through the Lose It! app I’ve learned to prepare, plan, log and analyze my food intake daily, as well as track my daily exercise.

What was the toughest part for you?
Evaluating the weight loss options out there and then picking the plan that worked best for me. It was also really helpful and inspiring to read other weight loss stories online to keep me motivated!


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What is your strategy for maintaining your weight loss?

Holly Wallis

Photo courtesy of Holly Wallis

Photo courtesy of Holly Wallis

I like to carefully plan out my meals ahead of time to make sure they are balanced and contain healthy food options. I even went on the Keto diet for 11 of the past 12 months and joined a Lazy Keto support group on Facebook. I try to consume most of my calories before 6 pm and have a lighter dinner. I like to find meals that are easy to prepare and keep the ingredients on hand regularly.

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How does activity factor into your plan?

Holly Wallis

Photo by Holly Wallis

Photo by Holly Wallis

I try to exercise for at least an hour each day. At first, I just started walking a few miles a night a couple of times a week. When the weight started to come off, I felt more comfortable exercising and I began to ride my bike to work a few times a week and picked up jogging. When my work sent around a signup sheet in April to participate in the Santa Barbara Half Marathon in June, I decided to sign up, jogging about four miles four to five times a week. The race was on June 23, 2018, and I completed it in 3:04 hours with a pace of 14:04. Slow and steady wins the race.  

What does a typical day’s menu look like for you?

  • Breakfast: An omelet or Bulletproof coffee
  • Lunch: One can of tuna with real mayo, sweet relish and mustard
  • Dinner: Salmon with “cauliflower fried rice” (cauliflower rice with diced peas/carrots, garlic, soy sauce, and scrambled egg)

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How has your weight loss impacted your family?

Holly Wallis

Photo courtesy of Holly Wallis

Photo courtesy of Holly Wallis

For years, I would make separate meals for myself and my family because I always felt like I needed to be on a specific diet. After regularly using Lose It!, I have learned that losing weight relies less on dieting fads and more on larger, more manageable lifestyle changes. I stopped making different meals and instead focused on other factors within my control. For instance, I quit buying quick, processed foods and instead learned to make healthy meals from recipes I found online that we all like and now enjoy every night. Each time I find a healthy recipe that my family loves it brings a big smile to my face!

What advice would you give to other moms who want to shed pounds?
Stop catering to your family by continuing to buy unhealthy options like processed, packaged foods. Instead, I encourage other moms to find meal and snack options that are both healthy and yummy. It’s important that they can be enjoyed by everyone in the house so that you can take the journey as a family and no one family member feels singled out. Remember that this is a lifestyle change and not just a diet!