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"I am a single mother of a gorgeous 6-year-old, she is my inspiration for getting fit! I don't want her to grow up with a chubby mommy!"

With that from-the-heart motivational message that she posted on her Member Profile page, Diet.com super slimmer ShannonKristine kicked off her amazing journey -- a journey that now has her more than 100 pounds removed from her starting weight of 262 pounds!

"When I started this journey, I set the goal of 140 pounds and thought there was no way in *you know where* that I would get down to 140 but thought it was something fabulous to shoot for.... well after losing 100 pounds I have decided to officially lower my goal weight to 130!" Shannon tells Diet.com.

"I have played around with this idea for a while, and considered shooting for 130 but not officially lowering my goal *just in case* I didn't get there I wouldn't be too disappointed. WELL I know I can do this! I know we can all do this. In the end I realized that if I didn't lower my goal I am just selling myself short.

"So here it is... in PRINT... that my official goal is 130 pounds. I will meet this goal no later than Christmas Eve 2008. The weight loss is coming slower now, but it is surely still coming week after week, and so I know that I am capable of hitting this goal!"

The first time we featured Shannon, she was down a sterling 74 pounds. Once she rolled by the 100-pound mark, we knew we had to turn the spotlight her way again.

Let's start with the basics.

Shannon's Diet Profile

What motivated me to join Diet.com:
Wanting to not be fat for the last few years of my twenties! I was just browsing and I liked the community feel so I joined just in time for the January Fresh Start challenge. I have been more motivated since I have joined this site than ever before!

What diet program I am currently following
Low calorie living and working out. No fad diets, no pills, just me and healthy living, baby! Also a support system is a huge part of my current plan!

My starting weight: 262
My goal weight: 130
My current weight: 156.6
Weight loss since joining: 105.4

What other diets I have tried
I have tried a little bit of everything and obviously it hasn't gone well ;)

Diet topics you can ask me for advice on
Low calorie living and how to incorporate exercise into your busy life! It took me a while to figure this one out ;) Motivating others to increase your own success ...    Continue



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@ 6:55am ET on September 8, 2008
Shannon is a huge inspiration to me!! Its a great motivation to keep on keepin' on :) Thanks for sharing!!! Patty


@ 11:15am ET on September 8, 2008
Thank you for sharing your story.. You gave me the motivation to start..


@ 2:50pm ET on September 12, 2008
YOU ARE SUCH AN INSPIRATION TO THE WORLD. I DON'T EVEN KNOW YOU . . .YET I'M AM TRUELY PROUD OF YOU!!

SINCERELY. . .CHAR


@ 8:48am ET on September 13, 2008
Yehey Shannon was able to contact you John! :) i told her also about the interview :)

HI Shannon I miss you babe!


@ 11:06pm ET on September 23, 2008
you are a big inspiration to me
i'm on my way right now and i hope that i will be able to hit my goal
wish you the best ^^


@ 11:32am ET on September 24, 2008
Your story is a wonderful inspiration. Good Luck


@ 6:45pm ET on September 24, 2008
this is so inspirational and a big CONGRATULATIONS on losing that much. i'm sure you'll be able to reach your goal weight before christmas like you wanted. and i am very happy for you and your new relationship with your daughter :)


@ 11:41am ET on October 25, 2008
IT'S SO FUNNY, BECAUSE THIS MORNING I WOKE UP AND SAID TO MYSELF "TODAY IS THE DAY" AND HERE I AM READING YOUR STORY. I, MYSELF HAVE 4 KIDS AND I AM ONLY 31 YEARS OF AGE AND I ALSO WANT TO BE A HEALTHY AND LONG MOMMY! (FOR ME, MY KIDS AND MY HUSBAND) GOOD, GOOD LUCK.


@ 8:38am ET on November 5, 2008
Thank you for sharing your story
can you hellp me i don't no what can i do ,my whigh is 57 killoes & my longh 1,57 santimeter


@ 7:51pm ET on December 30, 2008
Well done.for lossing that much weight.


@ 10:23pm ET on January 5, 2009
You have been a huge inspiration since I joined. I aspire to be like you! I'm a single mom too and I know how hard it is!

Thank you for your openness with this.

Best of luck on reaching your goal!


@ 9:49pm ET on January 6, 2009
Thanks for sharing your story. I need to loose about 60 pounds and I too thought that was not going to happen. I have not accomplished what you have done but with your thoughts I plan to keep trying. Thanks for the motivation


@ 6:43pm ET on January 8, 2009
Wow what a great story Like you I want to be more thin as I am moving out of my twenties and I have two children I would like to not only be around for but keep up with for a long while. Thanks for sharing now I know it is possible.


@ 11:37am ET on May 20, 2013
Well done u look amazing!!


@ 1:05pm ET on February 19, 2014
Wow, GREAT JOB! You are an inspiration to me as our stories are so similar! Best of luck to you!


@ 4:32pm ET on June 27, 2016
Amazing story. Thanks for sharing!

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