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For 17 years, Karina Chapman had tried to lose weight, but "nothing ever worked." At 259 pounds and a size 20, she felt miserable. So what did she do? She took walks, just to get out of the house. Then instead of walking, she started jogging, which later turned to running, until she found herself entered in a half-marathon and then a triathlon. She also wrote down what she ate in a journal, but ate whatever she wanted, in moderation.After
In less than a year, Karina lost more than 100 pounds and has kept it off since. She is athletic and happy at a size 8. In February 2008, she ran a half-marathon in the freezing rain and finished in 2 hours and 21 minutes. "Not bad for a former fat girl!" she said. "I'm proud to be fit, healthy, and a good role model for my two girls!"