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Lorri C., 36
Before Pregnancy: 185 lbs. Gained: 60 lbs. Total Lost: 101 lbs.
Time: 3.5 years
How I did it: I lost the first 80 pounds over the first year and a half after my second child was born, strictly by changing my eating habits. I didn't follow a specific diet program, but I tried to be smart about my portions. Instead of a huge bowl of pasta, I made penne the side dish to a dinner of chicken and veggies, for example. I stopped drinking my calories -- I only drank water and milk. I also stopped eating after dinner, which prevented me from snacking out of boredom. Eventually I gained some of this weight back, and I knew I needed to start exercising as well. I started working out five days a week; after my kids (now 4 and 6 years old) go to bed, I'll walk on the treadmill at home, do a strength routine or an exercise DVD. We also walk and ride bikes as a family.
My smartest diet trick: Sitting down to eat real meals with my family. I realized I was constantly picking at my kids' leftovers, in addition to eating my own meals separately. Or I'd skip meals because I was running around and wound up overeating later.
What kept me motivated: My kids, specifically my daughter. I struggled with weight issues my whole life, and I didn't want her to grow up feeling self-conscious about it. When I was heavier, I lost my self-confidence, and threw myself into my kids' lives to avoid calling attention to me and my appearance. Now I love to go shopping, do my hair, wear nice clothes. I want my kids to be proud of me and think I'm beautiful inside and out.
My best advice: Don't be afraid to put yourself first. Because I worked full-time, I felt like I needed to be there for my children every second I was home -- I felt guilty going out for a walk for 30 minutes. Eventually, it hit me that they wouldn't love me any less and I wouldn't be any worse of a mom. If you're healthy and happy, it's better for your kids in the long run.
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