Follow along with our third round of Project REAL as Stephanie and Lee from Blaine, Minnesota move through their journey towards better health. They began in June 2018 and for 16 weeks, the couple will adhere to Healthy For Life Meals in an effort to reach their weight loss and overall health goals, and we'll be documenting their journey along the way.
Meet the participants
"My name is Stephanie Flaig and I’m a 40 year old mother and wife. I left my career to stay home with my disabled child and raise my 3 year old. I’ve always struggled with body image and losing weight after having 2 kids and being diagnosed with a connective tissue disorder and fibromyalgia. I wanted to make a big change in my eating and exercise habits. I wanted to start leading a more healthy lifestyle and so that I could keep up with my kids. I wanted to feel good about my body and mind. I decided to do Healthy for Life for these very reasons.
My goal is to lose 30 lbs in 16 weeks by following the Healthy for Life meal plan and working out with a combo of weight training and cardio 3-4x a week. I very excited to start this journey with my husband by my side. It’s a great support system for each other. I hope this is the start of a new chapter in my life where I will be leading a more healthy and active lifestyle for my kids, my family and myself."
"My name is Lee Flaig. I’m a 40 year old father of two beautiful daughters and husband to my wonderful wife Stephanie. For the last 3 years I have worked behind a desk, so the weight I kept at bay by previously working outdoors, has slowly caught up to me. I was at a point where I was the heaviest I had ever been, and was very unhappy about it.
When Stephanie told me she was going to start Healthy for Life, I told her “good for you!”…and then she asked if I would like to try it alongside her. I was hesitant to say the least. I am a guy who likes his steak and potatoes, burgers and fries, pizza and beer. I was worried how this would affect my life. After some thought, I realized “well isn’t that how you became so unhappy with yourself, by over-indulging?” and decided to make the change.
What started out as begrudgingly being there to support my wife, has turned in to my own journey of getting back to the “me” I have wanted for too long. I'm excited to see what the next few months have to offer!"
Stay tuned for periodic updates!