"A friend of mine sent me a message yesterday morning saying, 'You are one of the most current positions in Apple news,'" said Stacey Blair, a 30-year-old financial analyst at Coon Rapids.
when women's health introduced her after following her on Instagram.
"I believe the ball is rolling," Blair says.
Then, on Good Morning America (GMA), ABC posted an entry on their wellness page on Tuesday.
"I didn't understand that the story would be published on ABC News as well," Blair says.
When her friend sent her a screenshot of the best news headlines of the day, it made her smile.
"I was the third most popular story," Blair says.
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"It was the least shocking thing," Blair says.
It was a different kind of shock that motivated Blair to change two years ago: She didn't like what she saw when she looked in the mirror on September 14, 2017. She was 352 pounds and scared.
"My health was deteriorating progressively and it became painful to just move and stand," she told GMA. "I was 28 at the time, so I told myself I wanted to live to see 30, and here I am."
She was down to 135 pounds, but she won the following: There are more than 82 on Instagram 000 followers of her account, @losing_for_health. Many of them are new.
"I've accumulated over 5,000 followers since Tuesday morning," Blair says.
On Instagram, Blair shares his new life with his followers, including inspirational quotes like this: it never gets easier, you get stronger.
Everyone wants to know: how did she lose so much weight – 220 pounds – naturally and in just 18 months?
She says that it was motivation (health); food tracking (using a calorie tracking app); preparing food after following a keto diet (a diet that causes the body to burn fat); and focus on diet during exercise.
Pioneer Press asked her for advice on how to get started, how to get started on day one.
"Just track your food," Blair says. "I used this free app, MyFitnessPal, which is the largest and most versatile app out there. Ignore what you eat at the beginning – just be honest with yourself about what you currently eat. Then take a step back and ask, "What are the little things I can do to improve my diet?" If you drink soda every day, ask yourself, "Is this something I can cut?" – but changes accumulate over time. "
In addition to counting calories, she also uses another online tool to motivate herself.
" I did my first DietBet challenge with a friend on September 15, 2017, "Blair says.
DietBet is a way to bet on yourself with financial incentives, but this is not what returns Blair over and over again (it has won 19 consecutive weight loss challenges).
"You don't really race everyone but yourself," Blair says. "Community is what I really love."
Blair is currently thinking of building a community while recovering from the shock he suffered while falling from a wheel.
"I want to use this platform," Blair says, "to help other people who have just started."