Meet The Woman Who Lost 160 Pounds After a Friend's Blunt Comment

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When Mallory Manning weighed 340 pounds, she went through a period of denial. “I was like, ‘I’m not that bad,’” the 29-year-old from Marion, Arkansas, tells Us Weekly. Then one day in January 2014, a friend pulled her aside.

“He is a personal trainer and just flat-out told me that I was morbidly obese and close to needing help walking,” Manning tells Us. It was the wake-up call the brunette — who was a size 26 at the time — desperately needed. That week, Manning made the life-changing decision to begin exercising at home.

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“My mom had some five-pound weights, and I would do pushups and planks,” she says. “I used Pinterest to help find ideas.” Because she was embarrassed to be seen exercising outside, Manning would wait until it was dark and then take long walks around her neighborhood.

In two years, the 5-foot-8 emergency dispatcher for the West Memphis, Arkansas, police department has shed 160 pounds and wears between a size 8 and 10. “People don’t recognize me,” Manning tells Us. “Even my own dad has to do a double take!”

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To learn more about Manning's weight loss journey, click here for the original article from Us Weekly.