Weight Loss Success Stories: Johanna Halosz

“77 lbs later, now a size 6/S, with 118/78 blood pressure and vastly improved Cholesterol numbers. Weight loss is 100/100, intake and exercise. I started walking on week 2, one single 18 minute mile at a time. Now a part time Pilates Instructor, I hike, kayak, SUP paddle, and rock climb to cross train and keep my exercise exciting and interesting too!”

Warning: Serious motivation ahead.

77 lbs later, now a size 6/S, with 118/78 blood pressure and vastly improved Cholesterol numbers, 2 years at Lifetime, Skinnytaste is still my default recipe search.
Weight Loss Success Stories: Johanna Halosz

Like many women, I have struggled with my weight my whole life. I hovered around a size 16, dipped down to a 12 maybe twice since 1988, and topped out at a size 20, XXL, in 2014. Right around my 40th birthday, my husband and I took a fantasy Christmas vacation to Hawaii. We saved and planned and had an amazing time. Always active, and social, and adventurous, we did quite a bit of swimming and dining, drinking and snorkeling, hiking and golfing. But looking back on day 13 at the 2000 pictures we took as we packed up to head back to reality, I was so horrified by what I saw. It was the first time I was really sickened by my appearance, and sat staring at myself, crying. Wow. How did I let it get to this, and how did I not know?

Around that time, I noticed my “engine” running hot. My BP was hanging around 130/110, and my doc mentioned BP meds. Cardiac disease runs in my family. I didn’t want to be on medication the rest of my life, but my doctor gave me 6 months, and if I didn’t see an improvement, that would be the next course of action.

77 lbs later, now a size 6/S, with 118/78 blood pressure and vastly improved Cholesterol numbers, 2 years at Lifetime, Skinnytaste is still my default recipe search.

On January 15. 2016, I walked into Weight Watchers, alone, for the first time, for the last time. I had to take away all of my obstacles. I couldn’t blame a buddy for not coming with me, or falling off track when someone else did. I had to do this for me. I figured I could go to Weight Watchers and lose the same 25 lbs I always lost. That’s really all I set out to do. I had much much more than that to lose, but I thought 25 would be a huge move forward. I was 222.4 lbs that day. I gasped.

The Weight Watchers Weekly shared recipes, as did the app, and I started my journey using them, but found they were sometimes labor and ingredient intensive, heavy on points and didn’t dance on my palate. I tripped on Skinnytaste on Facebook one day, and noticed how simple her recipes looked, and the ingredient lists were friendly and simple. As with most of us, I cook for my husband and myself, and I needed to get him sold on healthy, delicious, foods to make my life easier. I never told him they were Skinnytaste recipes. He fell for each dish hook, line and sinker. I confessed a few weeks later, in May of 2015, that I had been using Gina’s recipes exclusively in my nightly cooking. He was completely impressed that he never noticed he was eating “diet food”, which is such a misnomer. In fact, he came to start requesting Skinny recipes!

Because social events and entertaining were and are still important to me, I needed to have a way to have my own food available, and Skinnytaste recipes fit the crowd pleasing, healthy bill. We also camp about 60 nights a year, so I food prep meals to bring with us and throw over heat.

“I was done. And I knew all of the formulas and excuses that didn’t work. And I knew I had to do everything everyday. And I knew I couldn’t roller coaster. And when I started to see a difference and see a consistent loss each week it was motivation enough. And I rewarded with cute shoes and new workout clothes or laces or headbands. Something to want to lace up and go. Oh and the dogs thanked me:)”

77 lbs later, now a size 6/S, with 118/78 blood pressure and vastly improved Cholesterol numbers, 2 years at Lifetime, Skinnytaste is still my default recipe search. When I need dinner inspiration, her daily posts tend to call my name. My regular rotation includes Cauliflower Fried ‘Rice’, Chicken Milanese and Arugula Salad, Turkey Taco Spaghetti Squash Boats, Reuben Pork Tenderloin, Tuna Casserole, Unstuffed Cabbage Bowls, Grilled Shrimp and Veggie Bowls, BBQ Chicken Chili, Bang Bang Shrimp, Chicken Fiesta Salad, and Asparagus Egg and Bacon Salad and so many others. I have other favorites like Asparagus Cups, Mashed Cauliflower Potatoes, I have cooked full holiday meals with all of her recipes, especially sides, and have received rave reviews! And I have cooked in her style long enough to know now how to modify any meal into a similar fashion. Fresh ingredients, lots of fresh herbs, full bold flavor and spices, low to no dairy, cut out the carbs where I can. Skinnytaste has been a game changer to keep my food game fresh, exciting and never dull and boring. I can eat and serve confidently. The people in my life also enjoy her recipes, which helps me to stay on track.

77 lbs later, now a size 6/S, with 118/78 blood pressure and vastly improved Cholesterol numbers, 2 years at Lifetime, Skinnytaste is still my default recipe search.

Weight loss is 100/100, intake and exercise. I started walking on week 2, one single 18 minute mile at a time. But I went a little bit faster and longer each day, and the dogs were loving it. 2 months in, 12 lbs down, I walked into a Pilates studio, having no idea what it was, but a friend said I should be excited to be getting a Club Pilates in town. I was hooked on day 1. I have since taken 700+ classes, my body has completely changed and morphed, took a comprehensive Teacher Training Class, and am now a part time Pilates Instructor with a loyal following and full classes! I still take 4-5 Pilates classes a week, and I also walk 3-4 days a week. I hike, kayak, SUP paddle, and rock climb to cross train and keep my exercise exciting and interesting too!

“It’s finding a healthy respect for your body and food, keeping food exciting and tasty and easy and fresh.”

I can’t offer only one best piece of advice, because I think true healthy weight loss, and MAINTENANCE, is a multi-pronged approach. It’s finding a healthy respect for your body and food, keeping food exciting and tasty and easy and fresh. It’s moving EVERY SINGLE DAY, and finding exercise and functional activity that excite you. Its drinking, in my case, 100 oz of water a day. Its exposing your weight loss journey so that you have accountability at every turn. And its stepping on the scale each week, and staying for a meeting. Its finding passion in food and activity and sharing. My journey continues as I constantly talk about it, and inspire others to take a single step towards loving themselves and thanking their body! Thank you, Gina, for showing me that food can be beautiful and tasty, healthy and exciting!

77 lbs later, now a size 6/S, with 118/78 blood pressure and vastly improved Cholesterol numbers, 2 years at Lifetime, Skinnytaste is still my default recipe search. 77 lbs later, now a size 6/S, with 118/78 blood pressure and vastly improved Cholesterol numbers, 2 years at Lifetime, Skinnytaste is still my default recipe search. 77 lbs later, now a size 6/S, with 118/78 blood pressure and vastly improved Cholesterol numbers, 2 years at Lifetime, Skinnytaste is still my default recipe search.  77 lbs later, now a size 6/S, with 118/78 blood pressure and vastly improved Cholesterol numbers, 2 years at Lifetime, Skinnytaste is still my default recipe search. 77 lbs later, now a size 6/S, with 118/78 blood pressure and vastly improved Cholesterol numbers, 2 years at Lifetime, Skinnytaste is still my default recipe search. 77 lbs later, now a size 6/S, with 118/78 blood pressure and vastly improved Cholesterol numbers, 2 years at Lifetime, Skinnytaste is still my default recipe search.

Johanna Halosz
WW Lifetime Member since 11/8/15
Club Pilates Certified Instructor
Skinnytaste Advocate
Wellness Leader

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51 comments

  1. Do you have a list of recipes that do not contain meat? That are high in protein and low in carbs? I have looked at your recipe books and I would like to purchase but not if the majority contain meat. Thanks so much

  2. Thank you for this inspirational story. Johanna, you look happy and so very healthy!

  3. OMGosh, Johanna. So inspirational. Wish I could have you living next door for daily inspiration & coaching!!! I am at a low myself, right now, so your story is very timely for me. And I would also like to say God love your husband for being there with you through the highs & lows, the ups & downs–physical & emotional.
    I am also impressed by the changes you have made to your lifestyle, especially the Pilates. Even at 64 yo I dream, but don’t act, about being a Pilates practitioner, and perhaps advancing to an instructor, especially since I am older (I figure!! LOL!).
    Anyway, thank you for your story, and thank you Gina, as always, for all that you do to support us!!!! -db

  4. I loved your story.  So much so I want to start my own.  Skinny Taste has been a favorite website but never was consistent in the use of it.  I am ready now.  Thank you.

  5. GIRL!!!! THIS IS AWESOME!!!!! WAY TO GO!!! ALL CAPS AND EXCLAMATION POINTS, BECAUSE YOU DESERVE IT!!!!!!!

  6. Very inspiring! Thank you. Congratulations, Johanna!

  7. Amazing!

  8. Your before pictures and descriptions are ME!  I love to be active, skiing, hiking, biking…but my body is holding me back.  I am Embarking in two weeks on a year long weight loss intervention study, with the thought that weekly meetings and weigh ins and the whole year of support will help me stay accountable. And help form new habits and break old bad ones.  Your story is an inspiration at the very right time.
    You go girl!  We got this!

  9. So amazing that I felt teary eyed half way though reading your journey.  Wow!! Well done. This shows that with dedication your fitness goals ARE possible!! Thank you so much for sharing!!❤️??

  10. What a great Inspirational story. Congratulations!! You look great.

  11. I love stories like these! It makes the mind drifting days reel themselves back in! I took always love coming to Skinnytaste for dinner ideas, breakfast planning, etc. It’s actually so soothing to come here and find recipes that are well balanced, and have all the nutritional information. Thank you!

  12. So inspiring! I’ve been using Gina’s cookbooks and recipes online since February along with Weight Watchers Freestyle and I’m down 26 lbs. I plan my meals every week with probably 90% skinnytaste recipes. For the first time, I feel like I’m eating real food, I’m not hungry, and I could see myself doing this for the long haul. Thank you for sharing!

  13. Love this!!! Thank you for sharing!!!

  14. Very inspiring! Thank you so much for sharing!!

  15. Wow! Great story! Gina, I’m also using your recipes almost exclusively on my Weight Watchers journey. I started on January 7th and have lost 42 pounds this year. Thank you for all of your hard work and thanks to Johanna for sharing her story!

  16. Hey Johanna!! Congrats on all your hard work! From the pics it looks like you might be from my neck of the woods! What state do you live in? I swear you are paddle boarding on Tahoe!

  17. I think it’s so cool how different people find different favorites on this site. I looked at her list of ‘regular’ recipes, and I haven’t even made ONE of them- yet I’ve been cooking almost exclusively skinnytaste for 2 years now!
    Thanks for sharing Gina! Love reading this!

  18. So impressed with Johanna, it’s not just about loosing weight & looking good. It’s about the day to day maintenance, (which gets boring & less exciting when there isn’t weight to loose) getting healthy, and including her hubby on the health meals too. You go girl!! Inspiration to us all.
    Thank you always GIna for the recipes xo

  19. This was a very inspiring story! I started using Skinnytaste back in January and have lost 15 pounds. I hope to follow Johanna’s lead and drop another 30 – 40 lbs.

  20. Congratulations! Very inspirational…  you’ve given me hope!  I’ve been making Gina’s recipes for the last few years and my entire family LOVES them!  I need to be more dedicated to cooking this way full time and start excercing more..  This success story has made me want to start TODAY!

  21. Thanks for sharing your wonderful story!  Giving back by encouraging is very much appreciated!  I also depend on Skinnytaste recipes and my whole family enjoys them.  They are so “down to earth” and have been a lifeline for me.  Down 47 Lbs since joining WW.  What you say about respecting your body is spot on.  It’s the only one were are given!

  22. Congratulations! I understand what you mean when you say You saw the pictures and were shocked by how you looked. I started to take action when i saw myself in the mirror when i was going into the supermarket. I cried and felt so ashamed of letting myself go like that. I’ve since started exercising, walking, running and watching what i eat. Thank you for sharing. Thank you Gina for the go to meals.

  23. WOW! I am so impressed and can also relate. I can also attest to how wonderful the Skinnytaste recipes have changed my cooking – my husband also has no complaints. Thank you for sharing your success story.

  24. Wow!  Just what I needed to read after looking at one of the most awful pictures of myself taken this past weekend with my girlfriends. Thank you for sharing. It motivates me to move more and stay on track with healthy eating  more consistently. 

  25. I’m reading this with tears in my eyes. Thank you for sharing that beautiful story! So inspiring!

  26. Congratulations Johanna. I too am on WW but I love the recipes on Skinnytaste.com. This allows me to include the recipes because most have the Freestyle points I need and other very creative delish recipes. I love to create food as cooking is my passion, I had my first doctor’s appointment and my BP dropped over 30points. I’ve been on BP meds for years but my reading was the lowest that my current doctor has noted since he took over the practive over 10 yrs ago. I’ve lost 23lbs so far. A lot more to go to my own goal. We’ve all had those horrible realization moments realizing we can’t continue to look and feel as badly as we do. I do have osteoarthritis in both knees. The weight loss has helped remove some pain and enabling me to move a lot more than I used to. I have a long way to go but I look at this as a journey to a healthier and better life and yet having the tools to enjoy my passions. Best part of loosing weight is going shopping in my closet. I have a few pairs of slacks that now fit better than when I first purchased them. I do need new tops as they’re getting quite baggy now. Thank you for your inspirational personal journey and thank you Skinnytaste for supplying the extra tools needed to achieve my goals.

  27. You look fantastic! At first I thought they were mother and daughter pics. I am on my own weight loss journey and will keep at it.

  28. Congrats Johanna for winning at life! Living looks great on you! You are a true inspiration with an amazing story!

  29. What a great story! Thanks for sharing this.  I’m two weeks away from my one year anniversary on WW and 80lbs Lighter! These recipes on SkinnyTaste have been huge on that journey because I can cook the favorites without the same points.  Game changer!!! So grateful!
    Jeff

  30. A very inspirational story and Johanna so doing it th was right way, a combination of  healthy, mindful eating, exercise, and the key here is consistency and a lifetime program, not a crazy diet, so restricti you can’t keep it up! Good  for you and continued good health to you. I love skinnytaste!

  31. Wow, what an amazing  and inspirational story.   I dabble with Skinnytaste recipes but now I’m going to get serious about making them my “only” recipes!  Thank you Johanna for sharing your story.  I am also a WW Lifetimer  and am struggling to stay there.  Your story has motivated me to exercise more and make better choices with my recipes.  Thank you Skinnytaste also for publishing this story and for the hundreds of delicious recipes you create for healthy living!!!

  32. Great inspiration.
    My husband also loves Gina’s recipes and he also regularly requests his favorites. 

  33. she looks so much better

  34. Congratulations on your successful weight loss! I have to say you look beautiful in both before and after pics. I’m sure you feel wonderful!

  35. Congrats you look great?

  36. I too am a weight loss success story, 41 lb loss 38% bmi down to 25%.. it’s mostly eating. I did workout almost daily. I feel so much better and applaud other success wgt loss individuals. Long struggle but worth it!! Thanks Merri

  37. I am so happy for you….. you look awesome… please keep posting your journey.. txs for sharing…. xoxo

  38. I flew to India to visit my in-laws. I lost 5 pounds in 10 days. I realized when I returned home that I hardly ate any dairy when I was there. No cheese, no milk, and minimal yougurt that my MIL used as a marinade for chicken.

  39. That’s awesome! Thanks for the great tips. I’m 30 lbs down and focused to do another 70 lbs. I would always lose 25-40 lbs and looked/felt much better but would stop, not this time. 

  40. Wow!! Most impressive!! Thanks for sharing your story, Johanna. I totally agree as well re Gina’s recipes. More times than not I make Skinnytaste recipes to the point that if my husband asks “whose recipe is this” he answers immediately, “must be skinnytaste”. They’re always delicious and keep us satisfied.
    Btw, I too joined Club Pilates a year ago and have seen a transformation in my body. I’m a lifetime WW and have done the program forever. I like walking and yoga was one of my favorite forms of exercise, but now I look forward to my Pilates classes. I attend at least 4 a week and often more.

  41. Johanna, you are STUNNING! I have been THERE, old enough to be ur mom, So proud of you❤️

  42. Congrats! and Thank you for sharing your story! I, tool LOVE Gina’s recipes!! I’ve never had so many fresh items in my cart before! Thank you for reminding me that we all start somewhere. 100 mile journey starts with one step. Congrats, again, and well-deserved for all of your hard work!

  43. You look amazing and I so happy for you and your husband,you two are a sweet looking couple.

  44. Wow! Love your success. Very inspiring for those of us at the beginning of our journey. Thank you and thank you Gina for helping us with your amazing talent of coming up with delicious, heatlhy recipes and meal plans! I love everything about them.

  45. What an inspiration! Thank you for sharing… I can relate to so much of your story… sort of frightening, but glad to know there is light at the end of the tunnel;-)

  46. I loved this! So inspiring! That – and Johanna looks so happy! Makes me smile. 🙂