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"I Started Running and Dropped 90 Pounds"

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Kara Thayer - Before
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Kara, pictured at her
heaviest weight of 240 pounds.

Kara's Healthy Eating Plan

The Diet: Breakfast is oatmeal with strawberries or melon. For lunch, Kara eats lentil or vegetable-barley soup with apricots or berries. At dinner, she has a small piece of lean red meat, brown rice, and corn on the cob. Kara snacks on fruit, fat-free yogurt, and carrots.

The Workout: Kara does an hour of running or cycling six days a week and weight-trains twice a week.

Biggest Temptation: Chocolate candy. "When I get a craving, I dump a small package of M&M's into a bowl of plain popcorn and munch away."

What She Couldn't Wait to Wear: Fitted tops. "I used to buy men's shirts so I wouldn't have to shop in the 'big girl' stores. Now I can wear things that hug my body."

Originally published in Fitness magazine, December 2005.


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steffanie.davy wrote:

I think that's great inspiration, especially for myself. I myself just started running. Well tbh walking and running . I cut out smoking and soda pop. I am on a 500 calorie diet and I feel great already. I can't wait til tomorrow to do it again. I weigh 227 pounds right now. I as well would like to weigh around 150 pounds. Wish me luck

7/19/2013 01:46:41 PM Report Abuse
jakkistar wrote:

I recently lost my dad who was my biggest supporter. He was an amazing man whom I miss dearly.When I found out he was sick, that year before he passed I just kept eating more and more for comfort. I am trying to get back to 126 from my present weight of 180. I think Kara did an amazing thing and only hope to follow suit. Thank you Kara for you story...;)

4/28/2013 12:19:01 PM Report Abuse
chaoticchristie wrote:

Reading these kind of stories are good motivation for me! I need all I can get! Seeing someone succeed in something thats very challenging for most gives me higher hopes for myself. Thanks for telling your story!

3/9/2013 10:38:27 PM Report Abuse
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3/8/2013 06:57:26 PM Report Abuse
rareassets wrote:

Very encouraging ... there is hope for me

9/8/2012 02:28:51 PM Report Abuse

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