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Diet Success Stories: How I Lost Weight

Get inspired by these real women who lost weight and kept it off, and learn their most effective diet tips and exercise advice.

By Melissa Johnson, Allison Baker, Megan Bingham and Caren Oppenheim

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Damaris Rivera
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Damaris Rivera

Home: Cleveland

Age: 44, mom of two

Pounds Lost: 61 pounds

Weight Wake-Up Call: While clothes shopping with my daughter, I didn't want to come out of the dressing room. My self-esteem was so low, and I regretted showing her how insecure I was.

How I Lost It: After seeing a Jenny Craig commercial, I picked up the phone. It took a year but I never felt like I was on a diet—I had Chocolate Cheesecake on my menu!—and my consultant, Amy, motivated me every step of the way.

Favorite Workout Move: Prasarita Padottanasana, a forward-bend yoga pose with legs spread wide apart. The breathing method strengthens my lungs for running, and the move stretches my hamstrings.

Go-to Healthy Dish: Grilled chicken with teriyaki sauce, brown rice and vegetables.

Fun Thing I Can Do Now: Wear dresses and 3-inch platform heels! When I was heavier, I always wore jeans with elastic waistbands and Crocs. Now my daughter and I share jeans and raid each other's closets!

Stay-Motivated Mantra: You've got to get up every morning with determination to go to bed with satisfaction.

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