At bmiSMART, we love celebrating weight loss successes! Meet 10 inspiring women who decided not to give up on themselves and now serve as inspiration for the rest of us!
Can You Stay For Dinner
ANDIE 135 LBS LIGHTER
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Growing up, Andie Mitchel had always been heavier set. Teased endlessly about her weight in grade school, she wore a women’s size 12 dress to her first communion. During her sophomore year of college, she weighed in at a frightening 268 pounds. That day she committed to losing weight.
Over the following 13 months, Andie lost 135 pounds. But when she finally dropped down to her healthy weight, she wondered how to maintain it. That's when she began to work on her emotional relationship with food. Andie uses the Can You Stay For Dinner blog to share the lessons she’s learned about coping with weight and eating anxiety and recipes that help her maintain a sense of balance.
Our Favorite post: “I’ll Do it at soon as I lose weight”
No Thanks To Cake
KELLY AT 256 LBS AND KELLY AT 144 LBS
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Kelly’s struggle with weight began as a teenager. She joined and abandoned Weight Watchers on multiple occasions, experienced extreme ups and downs and went through several full body transformations. In 1999, at her college graduation ceremony, Kelly weighed 144 pounds; however, by October 2010 her weight had increased to 256 pounds.
After that last fateful step onto the scale in 2010, Kelly began her life-changing adventure to lose weight. She called her blog No Thanks To Cake (NTTC) because at the outset she couldn’t shake the feeling that around every corner lay a tempting slice of cake with her name on it. Discover how this southern girl transformed her body and her life!
Our favorite post: Kelly’s “Easy Pickled Red Onions” recipe.
DIANA BEFORE AND DIANA 158 LBS LIGHTER
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At bmiSMART, we know how difficult it is to lose weight, that's why our products support people in losing weight and in keeping the weight off! Diana lost 158 pounds and has kept it off for over 16 years.
As chronicled in her blog, 150 Pounds Gone Forever, shedding all that weight wasn’t easy for Diana. She did it the old fashioned way with healthy diet, portion control and daily exercise. “Persistence and patience,” are her secret. “We don’t lose the weight in two weeks and we don’t take it off in two weeks either, remarked Diana on the . Sounds like a bmiSMART approach to weight loss if we ever heard one.
Our favorite article: “The Impact of Weight Loss On Relationships”
Hungry Healthy Happy
DANNI AT 231 LBS AND DANNI 100 LBS LIGHTER
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At 29 years old and 231 pounds, Danni ate to soothe troubled emotions. After receiving troubling news about her heart, however, she knew she had to make a change. Dannii started small, cutting out processed foods and alcohol (yep, all of it), then cooking everything from scratch.
Within 6 months, she had lost 40 pounds but then plateaued. Dannii started yoga and swimming and the scale began to tick downward again. Finally, in February of 2011, Dannii reached her goal of losing one hundred pounds, just in time for her wedding!
Our favorite post: “Top Tips For Fitting In Fitness”
Organize Yourself Skinny
TAMMY AT 178 LBS
TAMMY AT 146 LBS
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The chaos of juggling full-time work and motherhood packed 60 pounds on Tammy's small frame. She was embarrassed in front of the camera and lacked confidence in her abilities. Then she found My Fitness Pal and tracked 3000 calories her first day. What?! Shocked and saddened, Tammy set out to regain the woman she once was.
Instead of following a fad diet, Tammy focused on fundamental nutrition and shares healthy recipes, weight-loss news and exercise tips for busy moms in each post.
Our favorite post: “Meal Prep LIKE A BOSS with These Tips and Recipes”
It Sux to be Fat
JENNIFER AT 280 LBS
JENNIFER 100 LBS LIGHTER
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In 2009, Jennifer tipped the scales at just over 280 pounds. She wanted to start a family but was terrified; she had to lose weight before she got pregnant! Jennifer joined Weight Watchers and worked the program for three years, losing 100 pounds in total.
Motivated by her success and looking for a way to stay on track, Jennifer launched her blog, It Sux To Be Fat. The blog covers all the good, the bad and the unsavory parts of the weight-loss journey other pep-talk weight-loss blogs selectively forget.
Our favorite post: “I’m Having Thigh Troubles”
EMMIE AT OVER 400 LBS AND EMMIE 110 LBS LIGHTER
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Emily Ho began blogging in 2009 as Skinny Emmie in support of her weight loss journey. While blogging she lost over 110 lbs and learned to love her body. She began to blog about Plus Size Fashion using Gwynniebee.com for inspiration. Today, she's not only losing weight and becoming healthier, she's also spreading a message of self acceptance.
Emily lives with a common autoimmune disease called Hashimoto’s which in turn causes Hypothyroidism (meaning the thyroid is under active). This condition commonly slows a person’s metabolism, making weight loss even more difficult.
Our favorite post: “Lazy znd No Willpower”.
Runs For Cookies
KATIE AT 253 LBS AND KATIE 125 LBS LIGHTER
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When Katie began blogging in 2009 she weighed in at an unhealthy 253 lbs. She had struggled with extra lbs her entire life. When she began her weight loss journey, she wasn’t able to run alongside her son when teaching him how to ride a bike. Now, she is a marathon runner! She began by simply cutting the “bad” and eating more “good” or pure foods with no additives or preservatives.
Over 16 months, she lost 125 lbs. After losing that much weight, Katie started to get rashes under the extra skin and was very unhappy and decided to have plastic surgery to remove it.
Our favorite post: “100-lbs Gone”.
Lose Weight by Eating
AUDREY AT 275 LBS AND AUDREY 150 LBS LIGHTER
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Oh, the struggle! Audrey Johns weighted in at 275 lbs in 2011 and had tried every diet from Atkins to Weight Watchers. Still, the thought of continuing to gain even more weight was chilling. Audrey began to cook for herself and loved making her own healthy, delicious food. Today, she focuses on not eating processed foods and opts instead for grains and greens--avoiding anything from the freezer or a box.
When it comes to exercise, Audrey doesn’t have a strict gym regime like many of us do. She believes that we all should move as much as we possibly can. Audrey likes to always be on the move through little things like lifting light weights while watching T.V.
Our favorite post: “10 Great Health Benefits of Coffee“
LORI AT 250 LBS
LORI 100 LBS LIGHTER
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This superstar decided to say not to midlife weight gain and dropped over 100 lbs. Lori's initial motivation came from Kathleen DesMaison's book The Sugar Addict’s Recovery Program. Reading it, she realized it wasn’t how much she was eating, but what she was eating that caused her weight gain. She ditched all things "white," opting instead for all things "whole" and the changed turned things around.
Lori has lost the cravings for processed foods but does enjoy a Reese' peanut butter cup once in awhile. Balance is key to lasting success!
Our favorite post: “The Great Veggie Experiment”
You got this!
These gals have been in your shoes. They’ve heard the excuses. The negative self talk. They live busy lives and know from personal experience what it means to be overwhelmed, still… they all have one message in common: You can do this!
And bmiSMART is here to help. With bmiSMART you can literally multiply your weight-loss results. In fact, based on clinical studies, people using bmiSMART supplements can experience up to 4 times more weight loss than exercise and diet alone. Yes, you have to watch your diet. Yes, exercise is vitally important. But here’s the deal, do you want to put in all that effort and lose weight at an agonizingly slow rate… or do you want have it pay off in spades? Today is the day to start your weight-loss journey. Declare it… share it… and start seeing results.