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Weekly Diet News Digest
by John McGran, Columnist

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Super slimmer Cheryl S. is down 41 pounds and ready to ring in the New Year at her goal weight of 165.

She tells Diet.com that the key to her sensational dieting success is not giving up... no matter how hard it seems.

And Cheryl knows what she is talking about. She has had to overcome more than most dieters - she watched her calorie-burning metabolism screech to a halt after having her thyroid removed!

"I had never had a weight problem until I had my thyroid removed," she says. "I was on meds and couldn't get my weight below 215."

That was her starting weight last January when she linked up with Diet.com.

Forty-one pounds later, she says the secret is simple.

"I owe it all to Diet.com -- it changed my lifestyle. I started exercising and changed my eating habits. I also changed jobs and that lowered my stress level by 75 percent!"

Cheryl has stopped drinking soda and started eating smaller portions. (That's a photo of her at right; it was taken last Christmas.)

Those are great steps but the real push to stay the course comes from monitoring herself via the Diet.com website.

"The support I get from everybody here is awesome," she says. "The people are so wonderful I have referred a lot of people.

"No one judges you here - they are all here for the same reasons.
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@ 6:35am ET on December 1, 2008 Wow Cheryl, those pictures are incredible!!! You have worked hard and accomplished soooooo much - I am proud of you and you should be proud of yourself!! You look fabulous and I am sure you will reach your goal by Christmas! Thanks for the inspiration!!! Patty
@ 8:12am ET on December 1, 2008 Yay!! Cheryl, I see you so often it is hard to see the huge change in you, then I saw your pictures and I almost cried myself. It is awesome how far you have come, and I am glad I helped you in some small way to accomplish what you have. Diet.com rocks, and I need to spend more time here.
I am going to try to lose another 5 by Christmas, so lets get going. Love ya.
@ 10:00am ET on December 1, 2008 wow, u should be proud of your self cheryl, but watch out!!! the rest of us are coming, im almost there!!lol!
@ 10:37am ET on December 1, 2008 you look wonderful and i mean wonderful. keep it upp cause like you say never giving up and even if you cheat a diet or gain weight it is all about yourself starting it back again and finishing to your own weight lost challange. Congrads and that is more inspiration for me to reach my goal.

LOVE, FAITH, TRUST GOD
@ 11:54am ET on December 1, 2008 You are amazing! You have accomplished so much and you're looking great! I'm sure you will reach your goals!!!
@ 1:06pm ET on December 1, 2008 You are all so wonderful. Just reading these comments brought tears to my eyes. I wanted to say THANK YOU to all of you for your support and suggestions. YOU ALL ROCK!!!!!!

Cheryl
@ 7:22pm ET on December 1, 2008 Cheryl,

All I can say is WOW!!! You look absolutely gorgeous. Now you make me want to lose it too. I know I can with people like you to back me. Thank you for showing these pictures because now I am going to do it. Keep up the good work and you'll hit your goal before X-mas. Unbelievable!!!!
@ 9:33pm ET on December 1, 2008 Hey Bren, let me know when you want to hit the gym, i can take you for free as much as i want. goin in the morning wanna go? ill pick u up.

Cheryl
@ 1:44am ET on December 5, 2008 wow! you look wonderful!!! and if you can do it without a thyroid1!!!!!!i have not one excuse in the world!!!! thank you for the inspiration!!!!!xo
@ 1:46pm ET on December 5, 2008 Wow, good going Cheryl! You are an inspiration! :) Congrats!
@ 10:50am ET on December 8, 2008 Wow,

Great job! You look amazing!
@ 1:38pm ET on December 25, 2008 GOOD JOB!!! :) Tight hug of Success!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!
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