“I can’t believe I was once a size 22.”
Before: 270 lb
After: 155 lb
Even as a kid, Bethany Whirty, 25, a project coordinator from Loveland,Colorado, was heavy. Though she was active and loved sports, her high-calorie, high-fat diet (she was big on brownies, cookies, and soda) still packed on pounds. “I guess I wasn’t raised with healthy habits or portion control,” she says.
Her weight problem came to a head when she moved out on her own. She stopped exercising, and her eating habits worsened. Meals of Hamburger Helper, pizza, or half gallons of ice cream ( “I wouldn’t even use a bowl,” she says) added up. By 23, her clothing size was nearly the same as her age.
Her mother, a wellness coach, suggested they diet together, and she agreed to humor her. But when she stepped on a scale for the first time in years and saw that at 5’9″ she weighed 270, she was shocked into action.
She cut carbs and sweets, starting with soda. Twelve weeks in she was down 30 pounds and had the energy to join a softball team. Six months later, in January 2008,Bethanycelebrated her first 100 pounds lost with a gym membership. Then she started running and dropped 15 more pounds before she did her first 10-K that May.
This June,Bethanycrossed the finish line of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon inSan Diegoa slim size 6. Next stop: the Boston Marathon.
Make the reward as big as the goal. “After my marathon, I took myself on vacation toPalm Springs.”
Drink often. “The more hydrated you are, the less hungry you feel.”
Recircuit your stress. “I curbed emotional eating with a new outlet: running.”