"I Went From a Size 16 to a 6"
Michelle's Weight Loss Plan
Pounds lost: 60
Months at current weight: 8
The Workout: In addition to teaching aerobics, taking kickboxing classes and cycling, Michelle runs on the treadmill for 30 minutes two or three times a week and works out with weights.
The Diet: Breakfast is a protein shake. For lunch she has a small salad with tuna, some pretzels and an orange. Dinner is baked chicken with red-skinned potatoes, green beans and salad; snacks are yogurt, rice cakes or popcorn.
The Turning Point: When she ate herself sick on Christmas Day. "I felt so down, there was nowhere to go but up," she says.
Stick-With-It tip: Vary workouts. "I never do the same routine two days in a row, so I don't get bored."
Biggest Temptation: Family gatherings. "There's always so much food around. I still struggle to stop at one or two cookies."
What She Couldn't Wait to Wear: Body-hugging workout wear. Last fall she finally felt slim enough to teach in leggings and a tank top. "When I catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror, I can't believe it's really me!"
Originally published in Fitness magazine.
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