Weight Loss Journey: How One Mom Lost More Than 100 Pounds

Two years ago, Lori Zold, 43, of Milwaukie, Oregon, was fed up and exasperated at 300 pounds and knew she needed to make some healthy changes. Now, the mom of four shares how she dropped more than 100 pounds—and gained so much more in the process.


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What inspired you to start losing weight?

Lori Zold before blue shirt

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Photo courtesy of Lori Zold

On April 18, 2016, I stepped on the scale and weighed in at 300 pounds. It boggled my mind that I had let myself get to that point. Shortly thereafter, we had to take headshots for my company's website. The shirt I had to wear was fitted and it looked terrible on me. I sat on my bed and cried and almost called in sick to work that day so I didn't have to get my pictures taken. At that point, I knew I had to change.


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How much weight have you lost and how did you lose it?

Lori Zold AFTER coach tank

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Photo courtesy of Lori Zold

I have lost 110 pounds by using correct portion control and making healthy food choices, along with daily exercise (6 days a week—Saturdays is the exception). I chose Beachbody because it was cost efficient and gave me the support of my AMAZING coach Michelle and her husband Kerry, who pushed me and helped keep me accountable. It also made it easy to work out at home—If I had to go to a gym, I don’t know if I would have been successful. In addition, I realized that I needed to change how my brain thought about food. I referred to Beachbody’s programs, which had a meal plan included, and I followed that meal plan.

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What is your strategy to maintaining your weight loss?

Lori Zold AFTER red shirt

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Photo courtesy of Lori Zold

I have the support of my coach, and I’m still working to get toward my goal weight, so my journey isn’t done yet. I try my best to make healthy choices every day. I'll be honest with you—I'm not always successful, but I am on more days than not. I remember what it was like to feel the way I felt before losing the weight and I don't want to feel that way again.

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How has this process affected your family?

Lori Zold AFTER at waterfall with family

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Photo courtesy of Lori Zold

I have so much more energy to do the things I want with my family. Before the weight loss, I would send my husband out to play with the kids. Now we all play together! Making healthy choices has allowed me to be an example for my girls who have become healthier as a result. Generally speaking, we all eat healthier now. We started eating more whole grains and vegetables and cut back on red meat.

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What was the toughest part of your weight-loss journey?

Lori Zold AFTER yellow tank

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Photo courtesy of Lori Zold

Absolutely the hardest part to this journey was realizing that I DESERVED to live the healthiest life possible. Yes, working out every morning at 6:30am is difficult, but it's NOTHING compared to overcoming years of being told you're worthless. Discovering my self-worth was not only the most difficult part to this journey, but also the most rewarding.


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What do you think is the number one mistake people make when trying to lose weight?

Lori Zold AFTER with husband

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Photo courtesy of Lori Zold

Thinking that there's a quick fix. All the time, I get asked how I lost the weight and people look almost disappointed when I tell them, "diet and exercise." I used to feel that way too, so I get it, but there's no quick fix. It's work, and it's dedication. 

What advice would you give to other moms who want to shed pounds?
First off, find what works for you. Even if it's just going out for a walk...do that. Then do a little more each day. Secondly, don't compare yourself to others. Each of us has our own journey and it is special and unique. Lastly, if you don't realize how AWESOME you are, then you need to remind yourself. Once you figure that out, getting the weight off is easy.

To see more of Lori’s journey, follow her on Instagram.