Tag Archives: Lost

Woman Who Lost 70 Lbs. Says Having a Partner with Parkinson’s Inspired Her to Be Her Best Self

This article originally appeared on People.com.  Marie Byrne used to deal with her unhappiness by eating. “I was an emotional eater — happy, sad or angry, I ate,” the Gloucester, U.K.-based nursery manager, 42, tells PEOPLE. “Plus, my husband at the time was very overweight so he didn’t mind what I looked like. When you live with someone who doesn’t support you and encourages you to eat takeaway multiple times… Read More »

Mom Who Weighed Over 300 Lbs. Was Determined to Lose Weight Without Surgery: How She Lost 145 Lbs.

This article originally appeared on People.com.  Tara Kavanagh has several obese family members, so she always believed she was “destined to be fat.” The 5’7″ self-employed mom-of-three from Rapid City, South Dakota, 35, was already over 200 lbs. when she started having children, but her pregnancy weight brought her up to 304 lbs. After having her second child, she knew she wanted to make a change. “I was a young mother… Read More »

Husband and Wife Lost More Than 200 Lbs. by Embracing Health Together: ‘We Keep Each Other Strong’

[brightcove:5445259992001 default] This article originally appeared on People.com.  At 311 lbs. and 5’8″, Brenda Bennett could no longer do some of the things she loved, like being active outdoors. “I remember hiking with my family in June 2014 and I was exhausted and couldn’t do the full hike,” says the Elko, Nevada mom of three.  “I was so upset about it. I was really mad at myself. I thought, ‘I can’t… Read More »

How This Aspiring Nutritionist Lost 107 Lbs.— and Encouraged Her Family to Lose a Total of 275 Lbs.

[brightcove:5446606206001 default] “Watch the full episodes of We Lost 100 Pounds! now on the new People/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN). Go to  PEOPLE.com/PEN or download the PEN app on your favorite device. This article originally appeared on People.com.  Hannah Jenkins says that she was never bullied for her size. She reached her highest weight — 278 lbs. — when she was in seventh grade, but “growing up in the South, it wasn’t that out of the ordinary… Read More »

‘I Lost 40 Pounds So I Could Donate My Kidney to My Friend’

I hadn't heard from my friend Chris in over three years when a post from him showed up in my Facebook feed last autumn: he needed a new kidney to live. I could hardly believe it. When we worked together as restaurant servers 10 years ago outside of Pittsburgh, Chris played softball and volleyball. In his late 20s then, he was the picture of good health. Since that time, his health had… Read More »

Woman Who Lost 130 Lbs. Shares Photo of Her Loose Skin: ‘I Don’t Want to Sugarcoat Anything’

This article originally appeared on People.com. Jordaan Spark was 250 lbs. when she married her husband, and never thought he would be able to pick her up. So when she lost 130 lbs. after two years of dedicated diet and exercise and he was able to lift her, she wanted to share the milestone on Instagram — even though this meant putting her loose skin on display. “I’ve never had anyone pick… Read More »

Woman Who Lost 185 Lbs. Shows Off Excess Skin: ‘I Wanted People to Realize What Obesity Does’

This article originally appeared on People.com.  When her 185-lb. weight loss left her with large amounts of excess skin, Jessica Weber didn’t let it bring her down. Instead, she’s sharing body-baring photos on Instagram to help others stay just as positive. [brightcove:5423123415001 default] Weber, 23, decided to finally lose weight after she hit 383 lbs., and had an emotional talk with her mom. “My mom actually started crying, and told… Read More »

Bride Who Lost 113 Lbs. on Instagram Before Her Wedding: ‘I Don’t Want to Sugarcoat My Journey’

This article originally appeared on People.com.  After trying countless diets, Haley Smith finally found the motivation to stick to a plan when her boyfriend proposed in July 2015. Smith got serious about weight loss and decided to slim down before their wedding. “I really knew if I wanted to change, I needed to make realistic goals,” she tells PEOPLE’s Collector’s Edition Half Their Size: The Ultimate Get-Fit Guide [brightcove:5361870782001 default] At the… Read More »

Weight Loss Success Story: "I Lost 114 Pounds"

Laura Micetich, 25, 6’0”, from Jackson, Tenn. Before: 304 lb., size 26 After: 190 lb., size 10 Total pounds lost: 114 lb. Total sizes lost: 8   I was a healthy eater growing up. My father was a doctor, and he made us nutritious meals, like baked chicken and salad. But when I got to college and started feeding myself, that all disappeared. Chinese takeout quickly replaced Dad’s leafy greens; my… Read More »

‘I Swallowed a Balloon For Weight Loss and Lost 40 Lbs.’

This article originally appeared on Time.com.  Dana Goossens, 29, lives in Illinois and participated in a recent clinical trial for a weight loss device called the Obalon Balloon System. Here’s her story: Like many Americans, I’ve tried all sorts of ways to lose weight. That’s been disheartening, especially since I’ve always been an active person. I tried everything from diet pills to eating only 500 calories a day and getting… Read More »