US couple credits series of 'small changes' with losing over 90 kilograms

It all started with a simple change to Stephanie Engblom's coffee order.
It all started with a simple change to Stephanie Engblom's coffee order. Photo credit: Facebook via. NBC.

It was a simple swap to her coffee order which led to a total life overhaul for US woman Stephanie Engblom and her husband Brandon, resulting in an incredible weight loss of over 90kg between them. 

The Minnesota woman told Today the pair realised they needed to lose weight after each tipped the scales at over 130kg. 

"We looked in the mirror, looked at each other and said, 'You know what, this is one of our lowest lows'," 25-year-old Engblom told the news outlet. 

"My whole body ached every day.

"We needed to make a change if we wanted to live a long, happy, healthy life together and maybe someday start a family." 

Now she has over 120,000 followers on her TikTok and Instagram accounts, documenting her journey to a healthier lifestyle. 

She's shared some of the easy swaps and small changes that led to her shedding over 50kg, and her husband almost 40. 

Changing her coffee order

Engblom kicked things off with switching up her coffee order. 

"For me, that was cutting out my sugary coffee and replacing it with lower-calorie options," she said. "I'm still drinking coffee - I still have my lattes - but instead of whole milk and chocolate and syrup, I'm drinking almond milk and just espresso."

Putting a healthier spin on favourites 

"For tacos, instead of cooking with ground beef we use ground turkey or chicken, and we use Greek yogurt instead of sour cream and a little bit less cheese with more veggies," she explained. "For pizza, we make it at home and use turkey pepperoni."

"We use things like chickpea noodles for example rather than traditional pasta - the difference in calorie load and protein you get out of that is just astronomical." 

Incremental exercise 

"We've been walking about a mile every day with our dog and we make an effort to make sure we're doing something active," says Engblom. "It doesn't have to be an actual workout each day, sometimes it's cleaning the house or going outside or playing with the dog. 

"It's something that we've built into our routine so we're not really viewing it as exercise, we're viewing it as just our routine now."