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"I Lost 227 Pounds"

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Before: 342 Pounds
At 342 pounds, Jamie Ritchey was practically immobile. Here's how she lost weight, took control, and got back on her feet.

Getting Back on Her Feet

Name: Jamie Ritchey
Age: 45
Height: 5'
Weight Before: 342 pounds
Weight After: 115 pounds
Pounds Lost: 227
Time at Current Weight: 2 years

Talk about a surreal moment: While speaking at a staff meeting, Jamie Ritchey, 115 pounds, held up a pair of her size 5X jeans. "Everyone gasped," says the teacher from Tulsa, Oklahoma. As she explained, "I can now fit my whole body into one leg of my old jeans."

Three years ago, Jamie weighed 280 pounds when a car wreck left her bedridden. "I had a torn knee, massive bone bruising, and a broken hand," she says. Her students brought her burgers, pizza, and Chinese food, and within six months Jamie had packed on 62 pounds. "I was so huge I had to sleep in a recliner," she says. "I couldn't breathe when lying down -- it was terrifying." She desperately wanted to lose weight, but was battling a lifetime of compulsive eating. "Food was my comfort -- tacos, fried chicken, mashed potatoes." Crash diets had previously failed, but Jamie knew something had to be done. When she couldn't fit into a regular MRI tube during a bone scan, Jamie had a clear choice: "I could live or die," she says.

A friend who was losing weight suggested eating a little bit every few hours. It worked. Jamie started eating fruits and veggies, cut her portions in half, and replaced her daily two liters of sugary soda with water. To ditch her fast-food habit, she began cooking on the weekends. And instead of turning to meals for comfort, she booked manicures and facials. Jamie dropped 80 pounds in six months. Then she started walking -- less than a quarter mile to start, then up to three miles a few times a week. Within two years she had lost a staggering 227 pounds. "I feel powerful, energetic, and feisty," she says. "I'm even dating -- how cool is that?"

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anonymous wrote:

Need more great stories like this one !!!!

10/22/2013 10:33:39 AM Report Abuse
jenniferjaclyn7 wrote:

You're AMAZING! I am in the middle of working on doing something similar... from the sounds of it, I might be on the right track! :) I've changed my eating, and I'm learning that I don't crave all of those greasy fried foods I once did, and I actually FEEL amazing! Good For yo, reading stories like yours is going to help me get to my goal :) Thank you!

8/6/2013 01:54:23 PM Report Abuse
nicole.toovey wrote:

So much can be accomplished if we just take that first step, make the first change. Love ourselves even just a little bit. Forgive ourselves a lot. You are an inspiration.

6/28/2012 06:23:54 PM Report Abuse
a3984502 wrote:

Right now I am following the Diet Plan for You blog by nutrition specialist Kate Hill. Kate helped me lose weight in a healthy way in few weeks, without starving! You can visit Kate's blog at:

3/24/2012 03:07:05 AM Report Abuse
cathod9 wrote:

oh my god - what a transformation!! you are an inspiration for me and i hope to work as hard as you have and get such super results!!!

10/18/2011 10:25:10 AM Report Abuse

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