Many couples fight for food. But Ray (40) and Steph (35) Domingue have figured out how to lose 90 pounds together – even with three young kids in the mix. This is her story, as she told Maria Masters.
Ray : I've always joked that I was on a sea food diet: When I saw it, I ate it. And when I lived near New Orleans, I saw a lot of buffets. Working on a desk job in IT did not help either. But it was not until we had children – a daughter followed by twin daughters 13 months later – that my waist really did rise.
Steph : I gained about 40 pounds during this second pregnancy. I also founded my boutique. It was exhausting to look after two newborns and a toddler. I can hardly remember anything this year. The training was just not on my radar.
Steph: At that time I was rocking and the scale was over £ 200. When Ray saw the number, He said, "Oh, we're almost the same weight!" I said, "Thanks, honey. "He started running fast, and the weight just dropped off. I became jealous that he had to buy new jeans, so it motivated me to start training as well.
Ray: I was I started slowly and ran a mile around the block, within a few months I ran three miles, and a year later I lost about 40 pounds [he’s lost 45 to date]. Running gave me time for myself and the opportunity to reflect on problems that needed to be resolved.
Steph: I'm not a runner. At first I took Zumba, but then I started in a small gym where I was one of the few women to lift weights. I was intimidated, but the guys were really nice. One even took me under his wing and gave me hints. I make a typical breast fissure – legs one day, back and arms the next. Now I am 60 pounds lighter.
Ray: When she's in the gym, I stay at home with the kids, and when I run, she watches the girls. Then we play volleyball with the kids outside, go for a walk with the dog or go for a bike ride. And we also cook together.
Steph: We eat much healthier. I'm Italian, so I made a lot of pasta and heavy sauces, but now we're experimenting with different glazes and marinades and putting them on mahi-mahi or salmon.
See Food Diet is more of a actual seafood diet. But my favorite recipe is grilled pork tenderloin. We marinate it with balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, garlic and fresh rosemary. It's delicious.