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"I Cut Portions and Dropped the Baby Weight"

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After her daughters were born, Dawn Scrutchins realized the extra 50 pounds she was carrying weren't going away. She vowed to lose weight -- even getting up at 5 a.m. to work out -- and brought her weight down to a healthy 135 pounds.

"I Did It!"

Name: Dawn Scrutchins
Age: 29
Height: 5'6"
Her Weight Before: 170
Her Weight After: 135
Pounds Lost: 35
At Current Weight: 3 years

Having two babies within a year of each other left Dawn Scrutchins carrying an extra 50 pounds. She wasn't too worried, though. "I'd never had trouble staying in shape, even though I didn't exercise. I figured my body would bounce back," says the retail manager from Dublin, Georgia. But four years later, she was still overweight. "I was finishing school and caring for my girls. With no time to cook, I lived on supersized fast-food meals."

Crazed by Cravings

Dawn weighed 120 pounds until she got pregnant. "You're supposed to eat a little more when you're expecting, but I went overboard," she says. "I craved sub sandwiches loaded with meat, cheese, and dressing -- and ate them two at a time." After her youngest was born, she was up to 170.

Then Dawn saw a photo of herself sitting on a sofa. "My face was round, my thighs were huge. I realized that my metabolism had changed. I was going to have to start exercising if I didn't want to look that way forever."

Taking Action

That day, Dawn bought a treadmill and a few Pilates tapes and started working out five days a week. "I had to get up at 5 a.m. to fit it in -- but it was worth it," she says. She also ate more roast chicken and lean pork, substituted water for soda, and treated herself to cookies or doughnuts once a week instead of every day. Within five months, she was down to 135 pounds.

Dawn's daughters, now 11 and 12, have also benefited from her lifestyle changes. "We talk about exercise and nutrition all the time," she says. "I'm glad I can be a healthy role model for them."

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cboykin77786 wrote:

Congratulations Dawn! Way to go Girl! You look great. I am 40 years old. I was blessed when I had my baby. I exercised and went from 165 pounds to 125 pounds within 3 weeks when I was 25 years old. Sweets are my downfall as well. I started in May 2014 cutting carbs (at 160 pounds) and I have lost 11 pounds. 135 pounds is my goal weigh and I am 5'3. Thanks for sharing your story!! tina92

7/21/2014 11:12:59 AM Report Abuse
xane146 wrote:

Quite inspiring. Congratulations to her. Dawn went from 170 to 135. After my second child I ultimately went from 135 to 170 in what now seems like a nanosecond. Before both children I was 125. So I need to at least be at exactly where she's at. And I am going to do it! Already lost 10 lbs...and counting....

8/29/2011 07:23:34 PM Report Abuse
spoilrottenarie wrote:

She looks great and she has inspired me to loose my baby weight even faster. Before my child was born I was a size 6 and 140 lbs. Now I am a size 8 and 168 lbs, this is disheartening and this story has made me realize that anything is possible. Phil 4:13

3/23/2011 12:58:28 PM Report Abuse
mimikoi wrote:

Even though I'm only 18 and never had a child, I'm 10lbs over her starting weight....This story just motivated me :)

10/27/2010 12:37:55 PM Report Abuse
prudy9 wrote:

Congratulations, Dawn! You look terrific!

10/25/2010 02:43:42 PM Report Abuse

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