Atlanta Journal-Constitution Success Story August 4, 2010
August 14th, 2010
For the AJC
Former weight: 169 pounds Current weight: 119 pounds
Family photo Stephanie B. Murphy weighed 169 pounds when this photo was taken in May 2009. After seeing a video of herself, she realized she was in denial about her weight issue.
Family photo Stephanie B. Murphy weighed 119 pounds when this photo was taken in January 2010. She has lost a total of 50 pounds by working out with a personal trainer who also created a diet plan for her.
Pounds lost: 50 pounds Height: 5 feet Age: 29 years
How long she’s kept it off: She started in June 2009 and has maintained her weight loss for eight months.
Personal life: “I am a first-grade teacher with [the] Clayton County Board of Education in Clayton County, Ga.,” Murphy said. She lives in Clayton County.
Turning point: “The turning point in my life was after I watched myself on video teaching a math lesson to my second-grade students,” she said. “I was in total denial about my weight until I watched the video, and I was blown away by what I saw. At the age of 28, I weighed a whopping 169 pounds at 5 feet and [was] living an unhealthy life with high cholesterol and borderline hypertension. As soon as summer break began at the end of the school year, I sat down with my laptop and Googled a personal trainer in Atlanta.”
Diet plan: She worked with LaDarren J. Tyler (www.tylerfitness.com). “He made me accountable for exercising daily and eating healthier,” she said. Tyler devised a low-carbohydrate, high-protein eating plan for Murphy.
Exercise routine: She started out with strength training and cardio for an hour four days a week. Now she works out twice a day, six days a week. “I have combined more cardio with strength training,” she said.
Biggest challenge: “The biggest challenge was changing my eating habits and getting over the embarrassment of how my body looked overall,” she said.
How life has changed: “I have always been confident within my own skin, but I am even more comfortable in my skin now that my body looks better overall,” she said. “Ultimately, I feel better now that I prepare my meals in my home instead of dining on fast food daily. My unhappiness with my body, poor diet [and] lack of exercise had begun to spill over into my personal life and my job. My weight was an isolated thing that made me feel I couldn’t be happy about anything around me. I am now encouraging others to eat healthy and exercise — it makes a world of difference.”