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A
Lifelong
to
Weight
Loss
Steph Greegor
lost more than
100 pounds
after decades
of struggle
BY JEANNIE NUSS

SPRING 2020 VIM & VIGOR

In 2003, when Steph Greegor
was 27 and pregnant, she weighed
her heaviest: 318 pounds.
After she gave birth to her daughter, Kerrigan,
she decided she had to make a change.
"I'm sitting there looking at my kid, and I'm
like, 'What kind of mother do I want to be?' "
she says. " 'Do I want to be an active, healthy
mom and set a good example?' "
So Greegor started making small physical
changes-like eliminating soda and following
a walking program-as she addressed underlying mental health issues that she says contributed to her weight gain.
Five years later, after making more
changes to her diet, adding more strenuous
workouts and striving to manage her anxiety and depression, Greegor was down to
183 pounds-135 pounds lower than her
highest weight.
Now, the 43-year-old writer and independent filmmaker who lives in Columbus, Ohio,
fluctuates between 180 and 200 pounds and
has learned to make healthier choices.
Greegor is not alone in her struggle with
weight. Nearly 40 percent of adults in the
U.S. are obese, according to the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention. And excess
weight comes with serious health risks.

Not long after
she topped out
at 318 pounds,
Steph Greegor
decided to make
healthy changes
in her life. Today,
Greegor, who is
5 feet, 10 inches
tall, maintains
her weight
between 180 and
200 pounds.



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