Diet Success Stories: How I Lost Weight – Michelle Amend
Name: Michelle Amend
Hometown: South Riding, Virginia
Previous Weight: 258 pounds
Current Weight: 154 pounds
Weight Lost: 104 pounds
How I Lost It
I exercise with my kids. My three children (ages 14, 11 and 9) are very active, so I started walking with them. In the beginning I lasted about 15 minutes, but eight months later we did our first 5K together. And now we’ve completed five more.
I distract myself from food. If I get a craving, I run up and down the steps in my house a few times and brush my teeth instead of eating something unhealthy.
I lighten up comfort foods. My kids love lasagna, so I make a healthier version with whole wheat pasta, fat-free ricotta, low-fat Parmesan and mozzarella, and low-sodium pasta sauce. They can’t tell the difference.
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