Need weight loss inspiration? Then you need to look no further than Diet.com Super Slimmer Tracie whoâ€™s down more than 170 pounds and ready to pump up your dieting efforts.
So whether you have 30, 50 or even 100 pounds to lose, youâ€™ll learn a lot from the Queen of Weight Loss.
Tracie was signed up with a top weight loss center when she came to Diet.com and stayed. A single weekly meeting wouldn't cut it for our slimming superstar. She also needed the daily support she found with out vibrant community of dieters.
"I went to the website, checked it out and could see it was a great website. I thought, 'what the heck â€" this can help me!'
"I needed to be held accountable and that's what Diet.com provides.
"I became a Premium Member and started blogging. I loved the recipes, the people and the support -- there are lots of good resources for the serious dieter. It's a great community - everyone is there for the same reason."
When Tracie came to Diet.com on January 13, 2007, she weighed 372.4 pounds.
"How did I get to that weight? Well, I had always been heavy since a little baby. My mom and dad fed me loads of butter and double sugar in my Kool-Aid," says 5-foot-7 Tracie.
"Coupled with bad eating habits, I was not an active child. I was a couch potato who only rode my bike to the store for candy or a snow cone."
In third grade, Tracie weighed 130 pounds. When she wore her mom's clothes to school for the first day of fourth grade, she was mistaken for a teacher!
Before she linked up with Diet.com, Tracie tried most every popular diet. She'd lose weight only to watch it all come back again when she returned to her bad eating habits.
The Atkins Diet landed her in the hospital with pancreas issues; Weight Watchers could not keep her accountable day-to-day.
"I went to a nutritionist, but that was a lot more work than I wanted to do," Tracie says. "I'm talking about counting carbs and other nutrition numbers.
"It was too much math for me -- I didnâ€™t want it that hard PLUS it cost me a lot of money."
Other failed efforts involved herbal pills, Dexatrim... even No-Doz.
"I was a poster girl for what not to do," Tracie says.
You may know Tracie by her Diet.com username of SponsorMyWeightLoss.
"That's how people know me," she says. "I don't ask for money -- I want their motivation. It's more like an AA sponsor.
"I am averaging about 2-2.5 pounds lost a week. Diet AND exercise are key. No alli or other funky thing for me."
Tracie is a self-proclaimed food junkie who loves to cook. It may sound strange but she winds down by watching the Food Network.
"It doesn't make me want to eat," she insists. "It gives me ideas for cooking!"
Her favorite recipe? Dorito casserole!
I was so impressed with Tracie's progress and desire to spread the good word about weight loss, I've asked her to contribute to future Diet.com newsletters AND to blog on our website!
The "BEFORE" image at top shows Tracie with her son Alex. Tracie was 350 pounds when pregnant. Afterwards, she learned her precious son had put her in danger due to her weight.
"They told me they were very concerned -- I got gestational diabetes and after pregnancy I suffered fatty liver disease," she says. "My cholesterol was through the roof and I was borderline diabetic.
"My liver is now healthy and functioning normally!"
So what's different this time?
"I now know nobody is gonna do this for me -- I know ... Continue
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