Gaining five or 10 pounds may go unnoticed, but so will gaining 100 pounds at least at first. It also usually goes unnoticed for a while because it is gained five or 10 pounds over time. That’s exactly what happened to Ra’chel.
Ra’chel Saintfort aka Ms100lbs on social media lost 100 lbs, naturally, in 10 months. But then she kept going to lose a whopping total of 121 pounds gone forever! No wonder she’s called “Ms. 100 lbs”
“It all started when I was in high school,” explain Saintfort. “It was my senior year when I was trying to define myself. Around prom time, that’s when I had a minor anxiety attack. Everyone was looking for dresses and I couldn’t fit in any dresses. Then I realized, O-M-G, I’m big.”
When making the decision to finally do something about her weight, the beautiful case manager decided to stop drinking soda, cold turkey. She also cut out any and all fast food — this time for good — and started doing daily 3-mile walks around the lake in her town.
“I realized that I’ve got to never quit, no matter how many times I mess up,” Saintfort told People Magazine. “If I have a soda — oh well, keep it going, you’re human, you’re gonna mess up.”
She also started documenting her weight loss journey on her Instagram account, @Ms100Lbs, and set a goal to drop 100 lbs. When Saintfort hit that number less than 12 months later, she was emotional.
“I cried,” she says. “It was an amazing feeling. I still don’t feel like it’s real, but getting on a plane and putting your seatbelt on without feeling like it won’t fit, or going up a flight of steps is beautiful to me. I mean, I used to need my daughter to put on my shoes.”
Plus, Saintfort says, losing weight has strengthened her relationship with her daughter.
“To have your own child be proud of you is a feeling you can’t explain,” she says. “It’s so amazing, and I was able to show her that if you set a goal you can achieve it — you just have to keep fighting.”
Here’s a real, everyday meal plan for Saintfort:
Egg white omelet with feta cheese, chicken sausage and spinach
Vanilla Greek yogurt with granola
Sweet onion chicken teriyaki sandwich on…