2 Years, 200 Pounds: 1 Couple's Inspiring Weight Loss Story

Issues around weight seem to consume lives, headlines and medical charts. The journey of losing weight is not an easy one, by any stretch of the imagination. When you hear about someone who has successfully lost those dreaded extra pounds, we ask: how?


Michele and Todd Guglielmo's journey is an inspiring tale of some two hundred pounds lost, emotional triumphs and delicious recipes. Two years ago, life forced the couple to lose weight and change their lifestyle.

Michele and Todd have battled weight issues since before they were married. They tried numerous diets -- some worked, but didn't last. In 2008, the couple welcomed their daughter into the world. Michele had extremely high blood pressure along with being at one of her heaviest weights -- over 300 pounds. Todd weighed in at about 331 pounds. It wasn't until 2 years ago the couple had a wake up call that forced them to get serious, lose weight, and keep it off. But before the doctor prescribed medicine, he informed Michele she had to lose weight as if her life depended on it... because it did. Michele shared with me some personal stories that were hard to admit. She was embarrassed of her weight. As a teacher, she would hear the kids making fun of her behind her back. She was 'too fat' to go places. Her weight was literally limiting what she could do. The couple took their daughter to Disney a few years back. Not only did they tire easily, but Michele could not fit on the rides with her daughter. Their excessive weight was robbing them of memories with their daughter. Enough was enough.

In December 2012, the doctor put Michele and Todd on a strict diet of low calorie, high protein foods. Michele weighed 318 lbs and Todd 331 lbs at the first weigh-ins. In the first 12 days, a total of 25 lbs were shed between the couple. With some newly found confidence, there was no stopping them. After 6 months on the diet, the couple added in exercise such as Zumba and kickboxing. Michele wanted to express to me, very strongly, that it's not just about a diet or exercise. Losing weight is a complete lifestyle change.

Today, a very successful 2 years later, the couple has each lost over 100 pounds. Michele has really gotten into cooking and loves 'healthy' food. The couple does not deprive themselves of occasional treats, like that burger at a family picnic. But they do know how to balance their diet and keep the weight off. Michele advises to snack on fruits and veggies, while keeping meals low calorie and high in protein. Another one of Michele and Todd's favorite go-to snacks is Perky Jerky. The dried meat treat is the one staple the couple could not give up. Their daughter has always liked fruits and vegetables which makes it easier when cooking family meals. Although, she was unsure how the now 6 year old would like a kale smoothie. (update: she loved it!) The complete lifestyle change the couple underwent has proven to work. But Michele assured me it is a daily struggle, and it's not easy. But it is worth every second, every struggle, every drop of sweat. The couple now plans to take their daughter back to Disney, where Michele plans to go on every ride!

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