Natalie Galyon 42, of Boulder, CO says her 30s were rough: She lost both of her parents and was working stressful 15-hour days, often using food to self-medicate. When she was 37, she found out that she had high cholesterol and high blood pressure and was at her heaviest weight (235 pounds). Her physician wanted to put her on medication, but she refused. “I wanted to at least try to change my lifestyle first,” she says.
“If you attempt to do everything at once, you’ll feel overwhelmed. Be OK with a slow progression—you’ll get there.”
HOW NATALIE LOST 102 POUNDS IN 3 YEARS
ACTIVITY “Walking felt like the easiest change to make, so I started going out near my home for just 10 minutes a day on a local trail along a river. Being in nature was key. Gradually, I increased from 10 minutes to 2 hours a day and added hilly hikes on the weekends. While I strolled, I listened to podcasts and soaked up the scenery.”