Six Sisters’ Strong – Stephanie’s Story (and how to start working out)

(Sorry for the blurry “Before” picture . . . she doesn’t have many pictures of herself at her heaviest point – 183 pounds).

If you are anything like any of us sisters, sometimes the hardest part of working out is getting started.

Each of us sisters has a story when it comes to weight gain, weight loss, and learning many things along the way. Today we wanted to share Stephanie’s story with you (she is sister #4).

In her own words:
I just remember I was a freshman in college and one day, I weighed myself. I knew that I had gained some weight, but I wasn’t prepared to see 183 pounds. At 5’7″ – that’s A LOT!
I was depressed, and I remember going downstairs with tears in my eyes, sitting on the couch to watch Prison Break (because I’d been watching it unhealthily for days). After a few episodes (yep- a FEW!), I finally told myself – “NO! No more! I’m putting on my tennis shoes and going for a run!”
I’d always been active in high school, so I didn’t think that a little run would be that bad. But I barely made it half a block – and I was so out of shape I had to walk slowly home.
Even though I was disheartened, I was determined to change. I didn’t want to feel tired and unhappy anymore. So everyday, I would lace up my shoes and run again. And everyday, I would push myself a little further, trying to beat the distance I had done the day before.
And when I could finally run a few miles in a row, I set a goal to run a half marathon.

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It was hard and the training was intense, but I did it. I didn’t give up . . . on running or on myself.
I stopped eating out for every meal – and when I did eat out, I would eat small portions or order healthier options.
I actually started eating vegetables and making food at home – and that helped so much!

In about 3 months, I had dropped 30 pounds. When I got engaged two years later, I dropped another 10 pounds before the wedding.

I have now run 15 half marathons and one full marathon, along with many other relays and races. I try to do about 2 race a year to keep me motivated and give me something to train for.

It was hard, but I learned that I am worth it. We all are!

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When you are at the beginning of your journey, the end seems so far away. It’s overwhelming to know where to start.

The good thing is that you can do it one step at a time. You don’t have to lose 40 pounds overnight – set your goals and then set mini-goals that will help you get there, little by little.

We know that there are many people in the same boat that we are – weight gain happens. Falling out of shape happens. Binge eating happens. And getting back into shape is such hard work. Sometimes you have to reach out for help!

That’s where our Home Workout Program comes into play . . . with the help of Greg Marshall (a published author, fitness expert, and personal trainer), Jared Beckstrand (a physical therapist) and a dietician (we will introduce her soon!) we are launching Six Sisters Strong to help you reach your fitness goals.


Join the Six Sisters Strong Health and Fitness Program
by clicking HERE!


How To Start Workout Out on SixSistersStuff

And now, tips to help you get started working out from Greg, who is one of the personal trainers we will be working with during our 90 Day Plan:


If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to email us at [email protected]

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12 Responses to “Six Sisters’ Strong – Stephanie’s Story (and how to start working out)”

  1. Elizabeth P
    Hi. I'm very interested in signing up for this, but was wondering how much stuff do you have to have at your home in order to do this? I don't want to spend much over the $100 for the program, at this time. I would mostly be doing this at my home or outside. I'd really prefer NOT to have to go to a gym. Thanks so much for your time!
  2. Good for you! You're right it IS hard to stick with a fitness plan and actually lose the weight. It's great that you stuck with it and kept the weight off for so long. I'm doing better - gave up soda, started doing a least a small bit of regular exercise, and trying to eat better - more protein and veggies, fewer carbs, smaller helpings. Not seeing a lot of results yet, but I need to stick with it, or my weight could get even WORSE. I figure if I can nudge it even a tiny bit more on track, I can start to at least get that stubborn scale to move a bit. I'm glad you shared your "real" weight. I would never have guessed you would have been that high. I think it's more motivating when you can see that someone isn't starting out at a size ten trying to get down to a size two. It's like Alicia says - Real bodies for Real women!
    • Hi Ann! So the foods included are all of our simple, healthier recipes. We don't use odd ingredients (although most of the grains are WHOLE grains!). It's more of a focus on "healthier" eating rather than a "whole30" style of living. The eBook will have over 100 easy dinner, lunch, breakfast, and snack recipes and you can create your own menu plan around those. There will also be tips and tricks to eating healthier and moving more included in the eBook.
  3. I'm curious. I see things like this all the time but it never speaks to the person who might be more over weight than that 40 or to maybe disabled who can't do the exercise posted in a plan. What about people that don't care for all those vegies. I've always wanted someone to ask these questions,so now I am :-) Congratulations on all your hard work!!
    • Hi T! I'm glad you asked! So, because we are not certified in any way shape or form to share fitness advice, we've enlisted Greg Marshall (a certified personal trainer) and some of his certified personal trainer friends to be able to modify any workouts that we give and offer real, qualified advice during the 90 day plan. The reason we love this plan so much is because the workouts can easily be modified to fit any type of fitness level - whether you've never worked out a day in your life, or whether you're an extreme marathon runner. Unfortunately, veggies are a staple for healthy eating - but luckily, we've got some great recipes that make them pretty tasty! ;) Thank you so much - and I wish you all the best on your fitness journey!

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