Emily Liedtke, 40, 5'2", from Beaverton, Ore. Before: 340 lb., size 26 After: 129 lb., size 2 Total pounds lost: 211 lb. Total sizes lost: 12
I was an active kid who played tennis, danced, and skied competitively, but I still found myself overweight at a young age. I remained heavy well into my 30s, despite trying everything from restricting calories to taking diet pills; these methods failed because I would just stuff myself later. Fast-forward to 2014, when I was bedridden with a back injury. My weight shot up to 340 pounds, and my blood pressure also became sky-high, which resulted in a mini stroke. My doctor warned me that if I didn’t do something to change my unhealthy ways, it could cost me my life.
I heeded his warning, but instead of undergoing a complete overhaul, I started small, with walking. At first, I could only make it to the mailbox, and each step left me breathless and with nagging back pain. But I kept at it. Slowly, I worked my way up to walking three miles six days a week. Diet-wise, I cut out fast food and began using different size plates to help control my portions. By February 2015, I was down 80 pounds and feeling much more confident.
Fighting for fit
To avoid a plateau, I joined a gym and started working with a trainer twice a week. I also revamped my eating habits once again, this time making sure to have meals that fueled exercise, such as grilled chicken and steamed broccoli or eggs with avocado. I lost another 20 pounds and gained muscle definition in my legs. Next, I signed up for my gym’s weight-loss competition and shed 37 pounds and 15 percent of my body fat. I also nabbed the $1,000 first-place prize. These days, I’ve made it my job to be fit: I’ve gotten back to my dancing roots by becoming a barre instructor. And at 129 pounds, I’m at a weight that’s best for me.
To see how Emily keeps the weight off, click here for the original story from Health.com!