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'Before My 113-Lb. Weight Loss, I Lived On McDonald's Burgers And Chinese Takeout'

Women's Health logo Women's Health 1/9/2020 Chancie Petty, as told to Emily Shiffer

At 270 pounds, Chancie Petty lived on fast food and wasn't showing up for her kids. On January 1, 2018, she decided to learn intuitive eating and found success. © @chancieraefit At 270 pounds, Chancie Petty lived on fast food and wasn't showing up for her kids. On January 1, 2018, she decided to learn intuitive eating and found success. The basics: I’m Chancie Petty and I’m from East Texas. I’m 29, and I am a full-time fireman’s wife and stay at home mama of three boys. After my lifestyle was negatively impact my relationships, I knew I had to make a change—and I've now lost 113 pounds to date.

At the end of 2017, I was 250 pounds. Wow. How did I get there? I can remember pretty clearly the nights of binge eating and crying into my pillow. The days where the couch became my morning-to-night routine, which included mom-ing in zombie mode from the sofa.

Food was a daily struggle. It became my poison. My husband was in the Army, and I went through deployments as a military wife. I went through my pregnancies alone. Food was the one thing that was always there. It became the kryptonite that consumed me and who I was. I wasn’t happy with myself, and that attitude pervaded all aspects of my life. I was in a downward spiral.


I woke up on January 1, 2018, after a night of putting my feelings into a bottle.

Without going into too much detail, I had pushed away my family and everyone away that cared for me and realized that, in damaging those relationships with my behavior, I successfully ruined the little bit of good that I had left. So, I got out of bed that morning and decided that I would start picking up what life I had left and working for everything I wanted to be.

Before starting my journey I would eat my meals from to-go boxes or anything quick. I'd eat everything from McDonald’s burgers to Chinese takeout to pasta. And did I say French fries?! French fries were my favorite food. But I would eat whatever would fill me up quick. I was lazy and didn’t care about what I was putting into my body.

So I focused first on eating smarter and started learning about the nutrition aspect of my food and also how food made me feel.

I describe my eating habits now as mindful eating. I believe we are meant to eat to live, not to live to eat. I also believe that it’s totally okay to treat yourself and not let your diet prevent you from living and making memories. It’s about having the journey become a part of your current life.

Here’s what I typically eat in a day now:

  • Breakfast: Fruit! Apples, blueberries, oranges, bananas. I fit a fruit salad into a cereal bowl.
  • Lunch: 6 oz. of steak/chicken/eggs (any lean source of protein) and grilled veggies.
  • Snacks: Almonds, avocado with a rice cake, cucumbers, edamame, or Brussels sprouts.
  • Dinner: Lean ground turkey and veggies with a sprinkle of feta cheese, honey, and lime.
  • Dessert: Apples, blueberries, or Greek yogurt with chocolate Stevia syrup.

After I lost my first 50 pounds, I started walking and doing yoga, and then I began dancing again.

I didn’t start working out right away. For the first five months I just concentrated on my food goals and changing my mental outlook.

But dancing had always been my passion, so I started going live on my Instagram @Chancieraefit and showing that side of me. I dabble in a few different fitness routines, but I always go back to my home workout space and do me.

I have lost 113 pounds in 12 months—and I feel free.

I don’t live behind anything or anyone anymore, and I finally get to be the woman I've been hiding.

I didn't realize that this would be an entire overhauling of my life when I started. I honestly thought it was too late to be great and that I’d always end up starting over. But I can't say enough how drastically this journey has improved every aspect of my life. My marriage is thriving and I have my family back. I am able to live new adventures. I am able to leave anything else that’s not good for me behind with confidence.

Was it easy? No. I had to make the choice daily to stick with my goals. I also had to be realistic with myself. I knew I wouldn't be perfect with food or exercise every day. But over time, I learned the situations that were most likely to cause me setbacks so I could better plan for and anticipate them.

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