Carrie Springer: 90 pounds lighter

  • Age: 42
  • Family: Two sons, ages 10 and 11, husband Jacob
  • Occupation: FedEx Trade Networks
  • Total weight loss: 90 pounds

Flipping through vacation photos, Carrie Springer wasn’t happy with what she saw. Carrie had struggled with weight most of her life, and that summer she was at her heaviest—279 pounds. She decided then that it would never incrase.

In July 2015, she began working with a trainer at LA Fitness, doing 30 minutes of weight training and 30 minutes of cardio three days per week. Between July and October, she let go of 25 pounds but knew she needed other tools to hit her target weight.

Carrie opted for gastric bypass surgery, not as a cure or an easy way to lose the weight but as one tool in her weight-loss journey. The procedure was performed by Robert Wegner, MD of St. Francis Center for Surgical Weight Loss. Though not an easy undertaking, it was a way to jumpstart a lifestyle change. Just several months after the procedure, Carrie was sidelined again and underwent another surgery in January 2016 for a stress fracture in her foot, which was performed by Murray Butler, MD at Ortho One.

Carrie spent 18 weeks in a boot and limited herself to weight training and low intensity activities. After physical therapy and a full recovery, she went right back to exercising normally. She amped up her weight training and started running. In the spring of 2016, a friend suggested the Annie Oakley triathlon at Shelby Farms.

“With only three weeks of training, my goal was to finish and to not be last,” she said. That first triathlon gave her the confidence to keep racing. In August she completed the Nashville Spartan Race—a 3-5 mile obstacle course. And a few months after that, she finished a Super Spartan race (8-10 miles of 25 obstacles). Carrie now avidly works out at CrossFit Mechanix in Lakeland and has several races and triathlons on her radar for 2017.

Carrie has last 90 pounds in the past year and a half. In addition to exercise, she eats several small meals throughout the day and makes sure to get enough protein through protein shakes and lean meats. By eating smaller portions and making healthier food choices, she has changed the way she looks at food and nutrition.

When asked about what helped her stay on track in the early stages, Carrie said it was having a friend or trainer to hold her accountable. “Knowing I’m meeting someone for a run or my trainer is waiting on me at the gym gives me extra motivation to show up.”

By Christin Yates. Photo by Philip Murphy.

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