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Weekly Diet News Digest
by John McGran, Columnist

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Diet.com member Brandi was working construction while deconstructing her health through poor eating habits and a lack of exercise. A year and a half after turning to the Internet for help, she's down 107 pounds and wearing size 8s rather than 20s!

Brandi has switched jobs and changed her mind about the life she longs to lead -- a life free of medications and the stresses that come with carrying so much extra weight.

"I was at 263 pounds and didn't care about anything," she tells Diet.com. "Then I awoke one morning and realized it was time to find me again."

Brandi terms herself a private person so she refrained from the more traditional weight loss centers. Instead, she found all the advice and diet tips she needed online.

Over the last year and a half she added exercise into her daily routine, switched from a construction job to a more regimented office position, and gave up her beloved beer and cheese... well, most of it!

"I still enjoy a few beers at the local club but it's the 64-calorie type and I only have a few before calling it a night," Brandi says.

"I absolutely adore cheese but I gave it up for a while. But now that I am down more than 100 pounds I allow myself some on occasion."

Brandi, who goes by the Diet.com username SmileB, is thrilled with the fact she can now squeeze into size 6s -- although 8s are often the pants of choice.

The Wyoming native is also excited about ...    Continue

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@ 5:03pm ET on June 14, 2009 OH wow you're from wyoming? :) somehow.. I miss that place! lol. where in WY do you live?
@ 10:50am ET on June 15, 2009 Brandi - i love your story - me too will turn 42 next July - have always been on the large scale side - but i still cannot reach my target
but still your story is very inspiring
@ 3:35pm ET on June 15, 2009 Congratulations Brandi!!What an accomplishment
@ 6:19am ET on June 16, 2009 Howw lucky..I really wish if i can lose this much weight.
@ 7:29am ET on June 21, 2009 Thank you all for the kind words. Take it day by day, and we all will reach our goals. I have now been a non-smoker for 7days, and trying to maintain this weight. Talk about stress! I all ready see the improvment in breathing. Love it!
Thank you All.

@ 11:49pm ET on July 11, 2009 I saw my daughter for the first time in two years and she had to speak to me because I didn't know who she was. Talk about being a proud Mom. She has done an outstanding job losing her weight. Now it's Mom's turn to lose some weight.
@ 8:44am ET on July 14, 2009 (Big Smile), love you mom. You can do it! One day at a time. Alot of little steps add up.

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