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: Amy Garrett
Home: Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania
Previous Weight: 260 pounds
Current Weight: 145 pounds
Pounds Lost: 115 pounds
How I Lost It
Walking changed my life. It's the way I shed the majority of my weight. I stroll around my neighborhood for an hour five days a week or do at-home DVDs—my favorite is Leslie Sansone's 5-Mile Walk. I even bought a treadmill for when it's too cold outside. I track all of my workouts on SparkPeople.com.
I made healthier food choices. I cut out fast food, reduced my salt intake and started reading nutrition labels. Keeping a food journal on SparkPeople.com helped me realize how many calories I was consuming—especially in foods I considered healthy, like regular yogurt and wheat cereal. I switched to low-calorie foods and added fruits and veggies to my diet.
I move to the music. Listening to my favorite songs on my MP3 player motivates me to up the intensity of my workouts. I love anything with a good beat.