Former weight: 244 pounds
Current weight: 130 pounds
Pounds lost: 114
Height: 5 feet 6 inches
How long she’s kept it off: Three years. “I started my weight-loss journey inMarch 2005 and reached my goal in September 2006,” she said.
Personal life: “I currently work for Weight Watchers as a leader,” she said. “I am married to my husband, Randall, and have one child, my daughter, Olivia.” They live in Johns Creek.
Turning point: “I tried to lose weight many times before and even joined Weight Watchers nine times,” she said. She knew it was the right program, but not the right time. Her turning point arrived along with a surprise 40th birthday thrown by her husband. “I was furious when I saw the pictures; I was actually convinced that had I known about the party, I could have dressed differently and thus hidden the fact that I was obese.”
Diet plan: A typical breakfast is whole-grain cereal with skim milk or an omelet. Lunch is soup or a baked potato topped with grilled chicken and sautéed onions and peppers. Dinner is meat with salad and vegetables.
Exercise routine: “I love to walk. I started out walking 10 to 15 minutes three times a week, then it graduated to longer walks, more frequently. I now walk four to eight miles four to five days a week.”
Biggest challenge: “My biggest challenge to being successful in the past had always been myself and that was not going to be the case this time. What I learned about myself is that I have amazing willpower, and when I was finally ready to take the weight off, that nothing would stop me.”
How life has changed: “My life is so different now, having lost 114 pounds and 11 clothing sizes,” she said. “I’m planning to attend my 25th high school reunion this year. It will be the first reunion I’ve attended. I feel like I can be a role model for my daughter and show her, not just tell her, how to live a truly healthy life.”