She Gained the Confidence to be Fun and Flirty
Lizbeth had always hid behind her weight, but dropping 95 pounds gave her a new body—and new outlook on life
Before 270 lbs.
After 175 lbs.
Vitals Lizbeth P., Corozal,Puerto Rico
Occupation Elementary Teacher
Height 5 ft. 2 in.
Began Weight-Loss Program 3/1/08
Time at Current Weight 1 year 9 months
I’ve been obese ever since I was a toddler. I was loved and pampered, and my family found me so round and cute. But by the time I got to high school, I weighed 210 pounds and was bulimic. Feeling sick and depressed when I went to college, I lost control over my eating and didn’t exercise; my weight shot up to 270 pounds. Usually I didn’t want to go out—and if I did, I walked with my head down. I felt lonely and ugly, and wanted to have a normal life like the rest of my friends. I wanted to be flirty, beautiful, and have a high and healthy self-esteem.
10 Slim down strategies you can count on
At a friend’s wedding I thought, ‘Wow I’m going to be 26 and feel so old and lonely and fat. I have to do something.’
Tired of hiding, I changed my eating habits a little bit at a time, started exercising, and got the help of a bariatric doctor. Now I do a lot of cardio, some weights, and drink water all the time.
The Key to Success
Exercise, healthy eating, support from my family, friends, and my bariatric doctor. I lost 95 pounds and still have to lose about 30 more to reach my goal. I feel and live like a new person. Now I love to go shopping and I’m always going out. I’m still single but happy, enjoying my new body and my new life.
Derailers and Strategies
I like helping others losing weight, so I feel that I am a role model to them.
When I Slip…
I remind myself that I never want to feel humiliated again for being big and fat.
When I Soar…
Hearing from guys who never looked at or talked to me before tell me how beautiful I am or ask me out on a date. The feeling is great, believe me!
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