Get inspired by these real women who lost weight and kept it off, and learn their most effective diet tips and exercise advice.
By Allison Baker, Megan Bingham and Caren Oppenheim
Name: Bonnie Rutherford
Home: Riner, Virginia
Previous Weight: 302 pounds
Current Weight: 160 pounds
Pounds Lost: 142 pounds
How I Lost It
I booked a once-in-a-lifetime trip to France in 2009 that I wanted to be fit enough to enjoy. So I became a team captain for a wellness competition at my job that encouraged eating more produce and working out. I also started logging my meals and activity on SparkPeople.com. After six months, I'd lost 70 pounds.
Buddying up for exercise changed everything. I'd walk with a friend, take Zumba classes and meet with a trainer every two months. Once his workout became too easy, we'd meet so he could show me a new one. Now I plan to start training for a marathon.
I never order out with my coworkers. I pack lunch, like a chicken sandwich on whole wheat and high-fiber cereal mixed into Greek yogurt. Dinner is salmon or a Boca burger with whole wheat pasta and veggies. Breakfast is high in protein, like eggs.
Don't let a bad day lead to a bad week or month. If you slip up on an exercise or diet plan, you can always turn things around.