Grilling Food and Gardening Have Helped Stacie Lose 90 pounds

“My life has changed dramatically. I can breathe and move better.”

At the start of last year, I was always tired and never had the energy to spend quality time with my family. I’m 43 with three kids. One of my 19-year-old twin daughters, Stephanie, is expecting a baby and I want to be healthier and more energetic for my granddaughter. I used to be a smoker, and since stopping, I’ve gained weight. I’d eat anything — hamburgers, hot dogs, and pizza. I had no portion control, didn’t exercise, and weighed 261 pounds. The turning point for me came when I saw a picture of myself someone had posted on Facebook. I was devastated at how big I looked! 

My first step was to stop drinking tea with lots of sugar and drink water instead.

Then I gradually stopped eating out and cooking fried food. I bought a gas grill. We marinade chicken with teriyaki sauce and seasoning and throw it on the grill. I make delicious tilapia, baked in the oven and serve everything with salad.  

I used to hate doing yard work — now I love cutting the grass.

I also like to do the weeding. And I have a vegetable garden — we’re growing squash, zucchini, cucumbers, and tomatoes. We have rose bushes and my porch is covered with potted plants. I love spending time outdoors with my husband, Jason.

At work I walk as far as possible around the store, instead of taking shortcuts. 

At home, I walk at least a mile a day around the neighborhood, and on days off I walk two miles in the morning and another two in the afternoon. When I’m out, neighbors stop me and tell me what an inspiration I am to them. 

I do whatever I can to be helpful at work. 

If I see someone struggling, I’m there to give advice. And when machines break down, if it’s a simple problem, I’ve learned how to fix them myself. I carry tools like pliers with me, which people think is cool — and I clean the machinery with alcohol. It helps out the maintenance crew when they’re extra busy.

I’m beyond excited about having a granddaughter on the way. My daughter lives with us, so we’ll have a new baby in the house. I already bought a jogging stroller so I can take her out with me. 

I’ve lost 90 pounds and dropped 10 sizes. 

I was a size 20 and I’m a size 10 now. I love shopping for clothes with my daughters, which I never enjoyed before. My whole family’s overjoyed for me. During the pandemic, I didn’t see my dad for six months and when we finally saw each other, I’d lost so much weight, he hardly recognized me.  

The Challenge isn’t a diet, it’s a whole lifestyle program with a great support system.

It helps me stay on track and my life has changed dramatically. I can breathe better and move better. If not quite a hundred percent, I feel 95% better than before.

—Stacie Davis, Supercenter #2076; Laurens, S.C.; $5K Winner

Small daily choices can lead to life-changing results. Download the app today to improve your well-being. For more inspiring stories, follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Share your comments below. Please read our commenting guidelines before posting. If you have a concern about a comment, report it here.

You might also like...

Challenge Winners//

Eddie DeHoog: “At the end of the day, my inspiration is to be around longer for my wife and kid. With that goal, I’ll never quit.”

by Thrive Challenge
Challenge Winners//

Becky Lost 240 Pounds and Has a Whole New Lease on Life

by Thrive Challenge
Challenge Winners//

Well-rested and Full of Energy, Jaquill Has a Smile on Her Face Again

by Thrive Challenge
We use cookies on our site to give you the best experience possible. By continuing to browse the site, you agree to this use. For more information on how we use cookies, see our Privacy Policy.