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There are two big reasons super slimmer Patty is down a sensational 69 pounds and moving steadily onward towards her ultimate weight loss goal.

Patty, who's also known by her username of ollieseh to her peers here at Diet.com, has never wavered in her commitment to hitting the gym for regular workouts. She's continually changing up her routine to push herself to new heights of intensity and to retain the variety that keeps fitness fun.

And, even more importantly, she's never silenced her blogging voice nor slipped out of view from her fellow Diet.com members for any length of time.

"I couldn't have done this without Diet.com," Patty notes. "Being accountable to myself and my friends here at Diet.com is the key."

"I am now at 211; by New Year I will be under 200 -- that's been one of my goals all along.

"I have tried to set realistic goals and to mix it up as I go."

The picture at right shows Patty posing in the living room of her home on Kitchener, Ontario. The image below left shows her at her starting weight of 280.

The transformation has been much more than physical.

Patty has learned may things along the way, including how to support others on a path to wellness and how to tweak her favorite recipes so they retain their taste but not the high fat or high-cal counts.

She tells Diet.com that she knew she was over the hump when she survived the recent Canadian Thanksgiving without giving in to the many food temptations. Instead, she deftly replaced her traditional treats with healthier versions.

"My family did not even know what I had done -- they enjoyed the foods along with me," she says.

When Patty isn't whipping up a new variation on an old standard like turkey and stuffing, she's keeping a food and exercise log on Diet.com.

"Since starting here at Diet.com, I have rarely gone over 1,500 calories a day -- not even through Canadian Thanksgiving in October - and I even had turkey, pumpkin pie, stuffing and sweet potatoes."

By tinkering with tradition, Patty actually lost weight over the holiday. She's more confident than ever that she'll keep right on losing for as long as she wants.

"I do fitness three times a week for 90 minutes at a time," she says. "Back in April when I started I was doing 10 minutes of cardio and 20 minutes with weights.

"Over time I have steadily built up my endurance. I hated the elliptical when I started, but now I do 30 minutes at the random setting.

"I still meet with my trainer periodically, but I have learned to change my own workout. In fact, I love the Diet.com workouts by fitness pro Stephen Cabral.

"My trainer saw me doing one of Stephen's routines that i found at the Diet.com site and she thought I was 'cheating' on her with a new trainer!

"They're awesome videos... I print out Stephen's blogs and repeat the exercises at my gym."

Patty wanted to include the image at right. It may not be a close up or a shot that shows off her trimmed down body, but to her it shows her sporting a healthier figure in her black overcoat.

It's little things like this unposed photo that keep Patty on course.

"A lot of little things add up to huge things," she says. "There are things I don't have to think about anymore... like walking in a restaurant between tables and not worrying that I will bump someone.

"I feel great. I feel like my body will cooperate. I don't avoid stairs. I am a way more confident person -- and I think I look that way to others too."

Another little change: Patty no longer has to have her steering wheel moved up or her car seat slid back to accommodate the 69 pounds that she's sent packing.

"I've had to have the settings of my work station re-set," she says. "Also, I am wearing heels that I couldn't wear before because I felt too awkward and clumsy. I don't avoid going clothes shopping now!"

"I was a size 24 to start -- and had one pair of 26 pants -- but am now wearing a 16!"

"I do like going in a store and trying on things. My kids are really proud of me."

Patty's transformation has made a positive impact on her children Kristen and Michael. It's also making a difference to people she doesn't even know -- the frustrated men and ...    Continue

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@ 11:19pm ET on November 2, 2008
You are amazing Patty! You're very motivating and inspiring! You're looking great!!!!

@ 6:30am ET on November 3, 2008
Oh my god, Pattyyyy!!! Is that really you on the pictures?!?! That is a difference like night and day!! I'm soooo proud of you! This is really amazing, I have no words, really! You are doing awesome with your loosing!!

@ 9:10am ET on November 3, 2008
Congratulations Patty for your great success losing weight and the positive outlook you embrace. Staying positive is such an important part of a successful weight loss journey. You are an inspiration to so many members here!

@ 2:57pm ET on November 3, 2008
Yaaa, Patty! You are doing FABULOUS! I can't believe the difference in those pictures! Your hard work and dedication have definitely paid off! Congratulations on your success...you're such an inspiration! ~Sara :o)

@ 4:44pm ET on November 3, 2008
AWESOME! Bravo. I find the hardest part is writng down what I eat.....

@ 5:38pm ET on November 3, 2008
Dedication! Dedication! Dedication! You're awesome Patty! I LOVE what you said about it being a lifestyle change! Thanks for sharing you're story with us!

@ 9:10pm ET on November 3, 2008
You are amazing and such an inspiration!!

@ 11:54am ET on November 4, 2008
i kept on telling my mom to check and read all your amazing stories, especially yours for some motivational kick.. i just wish she'd be able to have your courage and your will :)


@ 12:02pm ET on November 4, 2008
I know a celebrity!!! Patty is living, breathing inspiration!

@ 1:30pm ET on November 4, 2008
Oh my gosh Patty, what can I say. YOu look amazing!!! I am just speechless. I mean I never even seen an pic of you and to see the before and after. GIRL praise GOD. You are a very beautiful and inspirtual person. I appreicate all the times you have given me advice. Keep up the good work and keep slimming down to your goal.

Love, Faith, Trust GOD

@ 2:21pm ET on November 4, 2008
All that I can say is "WOW"!!! You look amazing. The before and afters are like looking at two entirely different people. What an inspiration you are to me!!

Thank you,
Sunshine Gerl

@ 5:58pm ET on November 4, 2008
Am so happy for you. It s my dream now to get to size 16. You really did motivate me. I wish i ll loose like you because am suffering right now all what you went through...

@ 6:01pm ET on November 4, 2008
But was the diet she did?

@ 7:33pm ET on November 4, 2008
You are looking incredible. I am so proud of you Patty. What amazing results you are getting. Keep up the good work.

@ 4:14pm ET on April 7, 2009
congratulations patty! you're truly an inspiration!
I think we all understand the challenge of the holiday season, but you breezed right through it!
keep up the great work, you're more than half way to your goal!
know that i'll always be your cheerleader in the corner :-)
- Janie

@ 6:01pm ET on January 8, 2013
Wow amazing

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