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Stephanie W., aka Forever Me, has been a Diet.com member for several years, and began blogging with us in October 2008. With a starting weight of 280lbs, Stephanie had a goal of losing 100 lbs. Now down 90lbs (so far!), she's well on her way to a new life - emotionally and physically!

Weight Loss SuccessSoon after she began blogging in fall 2008, Stephanie decided to give yoga a try, and recruited her sister to be her workout buddy.

"My sister and I are really starting to get the hang of yoga," she reported in one of her first Diet.com blogs. "I still think it's really hard, but it helps with the stress and it gives me peace of mind. After every class we both have big smiles on our faces. It is hard but it's all worth it."

Stephanie began losing weight slowly - and that was just fine with her! "I lost 2 more pounds this week," she wrote in one Diet.com blog back in 2008. "I guess everything is falling into its place."

With skewed weight loss expectations common nowadays due to television shows like The Biggest Loser, some dieters might be discouraged by losing 2 lbs in 7 days. But not Stephanie, who was excited to see pounds coming off, 2 lbs per week at a time. As one of her fellow Diet.com members told her, "That's 2 lbs less than you weighed last week!"

Weight Loss Success In January of 2009, her brother even got in on the family weight loss action, joining his two sisters in their workouts. Seeing her brother drop 10 lbs quickly was both infuriating and motivating for Stephanie, and in one Diet.com blog she wrote, "It has now turned into a contest to see who can lose the most weight. It's fun and it gives us something to do." She concluded, "It's nice to have your family to workout with."

Stephanie's fantastic attitude and "slow and steady wins the race" mentality has proven over time to be a brilliant strategy for her. In one of her most inspiring blogs, Stephanie wrote:

"When we first started our diet we thought we would see results overnight and when we didn't we would give up. Now we know this is a 'rest of your life' thing; if you want to stay healthy and in shape you have to work at it everyday and change bad habits. Since we have changed the way we eat and exercise we noticed the change. We had to get our minds into it as well. While it still is a work in progress I feel that we are doing good."

Weight Loss SuccessIn December 2009, Stephanie updated her blog to let us know that she'd been making some substantial changes to her diet. This included drinking green tea daily, which she said helped her drop pounds, cleared up her skin and improved the whiteness of her teeth! She also began eating 5 smaller meals throughout the day, instead of 3 large ones.

Fast forward to April 2010, and Stephanie was enrolled in a kickboxing class and loving it! "I think everyone should try it at least once," she wrote in a blog. "It's such a stress reliever and I really feel the effects of doing the training. Everything hurts, but it's worth it."

By the time Stephanie had 20 lbs left to go till she met her goal weight, she was already a changed woman. "Even after I reach my goal, I want to change how and why I workout," she wrote in her blog. "I'm going to keep up with my lifestyle change. I really like being healthy and I love the change I see in myself."

Diet.com's fitness resources helped contribute to Stephanie's current fondness for exercise. "This site has the best workout tips, period," she raves.

In addition to the workout tips she found on Diet.com, Stephanie also found success in keeping her fitness activities fun and ever changing: sticking with cardio and strength training, while adding in yoga, kickboxing and even gymnastics!

In one past blog entry, she wrote, "It took me 3 years and a million diets to get to the right fitness plan that worked for me. So if you're having a hard time, don't give up. It pays off at the end. Never give up and do what works best for you."

Stephanie says her key to success is her happiness. "I love the new body and the fact that I have dropped a million dress sizes. Even my shoe size changed! I was never happy with myself, but now I am."

Often concluding her blogs with things like, "Thanks again for all the support," or "I want to thank everyone for all the support and advice," Stephanie has always demonstrated gratitude for the supportive Diet.com Continue

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@ 10:40am ET on October 24, 2011
So inspirational! Thank you!

@ 12:35pm ET on October 24, 2011
Wow, what a great story! I love hearing stuff like this because I know I can do it to and hopefully I will have a similar story some day. Congrats...it looks like all the hard work has paid off! I've been around here for awhile and I do believe I remember you. What a change! ~Sara :o)

@ 11:22am ET on October 25, 2011
You said you change your bad eating habits but you never said what you were eating...love to move along like you did

@ 9:08am ET on October 30, 2011

@ 11:27pm ET on November 1, 2011
Amazingly beautiful :)

@ 10:20pm ET on November 8, 2011
Wow Stephanie, you have given me such inspiration to carry on. I am in Week 7 of Weight Watchers and seem to be flagging but now i feel inspired to keep going. Every little bit helps.

@ 8:33am ET on November 20, 2011
Good Job! You look FANTASTIC!

@ 9:43pm ET on July 25, 2012
So inspirational! This was a great read, and even inspired me to think differently about my lifestyle choices. Thank you! :)

@ 6:55am ET on November 4, 2012
wow good job almost brought tears too my eyes I know now if you can do it I can do it don't stop what you do girl congrats:)

@ 9:15am ET on December 13, 2012
so glad to hear it worked out for you..hope i'll be able to say the same for me.. Cheers...

@ 5:56pm ET on January 8, 2013
Wow you look amazing.... Congratulations!!!!!

@ 1:53pm ET on June 20, 2013
You look great!!!

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