Pounds Lost in 2011:
How She Did It: "In January 2011 I decided it was time to make a change in my life. I remember writing in my calendar, 'Go to the gym and get a personal trainer.' Since it was written down, it was hard to ignore. I changed my eating habits. The one thing I said I wouldn't consume until I reached my goal weight was a donut. I train three times a week with my trainer and run three times a week to train for half marathons. I really don't enjoy running, but after I finish my runs, I feel so accomplished and strong mentally and physically. This keeps me going."
Why It Worked This Time: "The secret to my success this time is that I chose to make this change for me and no one else. I have lost weight before for special occasions, but the weight came back because my eating habits were bad and I would stop exercising.
A major secret to my success is my trainer, Victor Luu. He makes training fun, interesting, and very challenging. I love that he doesn't let me quit and he won't let me get through a workout without smiling. Also, I get complimented from several people at work on a daily basis. When they tell me that I motivate them and inspire them, how can I not continue? They inspire me to continue, even though they think I inspire them!"