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I have to make changes and nobody else can do that for me."

Tracie now says weight loss is 90% mental and 10% carrots and celery. "It's not about what you’re eating... it's about what's eating you," she says.

The biggest differences now that she lost so much weight?

"Movement!" she says. "I am getting out and going. I don't wanna sit still.... I wanna be out.

"Who would have thought that fat girl Tracie climbed 40 floors in 20 minutes!"

Final words of wisdom.

"Everybody wants a quick fix, but they didn't put it on overnight so can’t expect to lose it fast."

Tracie Says: The photo of me in front of the Batman sign is the day I rode the roller coaster for the first time. It was a huge day for me. I waited 13 years to ride it!

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@ 10:25am ET on June 23, 2008
Give me a T
Give me a R
Give me a A
Give me a C
Give me a IE

.... TRACIE! :P

*butt dance and pompoms *

@ 12:05pm ET on June 23, 2008
OMG! Tracie, you're our hero!

(Great comment, Kasssy!!)

@ 1:50pm ET on June 23, 2008
Weight Watchers Rocks!!!

Tracie and I have both lost a LOT of weight with Weight Watchers!!!

I don't know why anyone would say the weekly meetings don't cut it I don't think she has missed one...

Go Tracie!

@ 3:44pm ET on June 23, 2008
What an inspiration!!!! Keep it up! Patty

@ 6:23pm ET on June 23, 2008
Woohooo!!! You've lost almost half of yourself!! What an amazing accomplishment! Thank you for inspiring me!!

@ 8:55pm ET on June 23, 2008
I want everyone to know that I LOVE Weight Watchers and I could NOT have done this without it! This article made it sound like I gave up on Weight Watchers, but I give FULL credit to their wonderful program. Diet.com is a GREAT resource to compliment the Weight Watchers program. But in my world of Weight Loss, I could NOT have done this without them. I have to give credit where credit is due!

@ 9:28pm ET on June 23, 2008
Tracie we love you and are so proud of you.
I am glad you have found what works. Weight watchers IS a great tool. It works for me even though i dont go anymore i just stole their method.
This site is awesome too. Glad you are here with us. You are a success girl.

@ 10:42pm ET on June 23, 2008
Thanks! Yes, I do really enjoy this site. It has a TON of fantastic resources...from the articles on weight loss & fitness, to the challenges (who doesn't love a challenge?!), to the AWESOME community support.

Yes Jewls, you are correct. I have not missed one WI in the 18 months I've been doing WW. I have even gone to double meetings during weeks I think I need a little extra support.

I have found support in a lot of places. My weekly meetings, friends I've made from my meetings, my website www.sponsormyweightloss.com , Yahoo support groups, Diet.com. I really think that surrounding yourself with people that have or are going through the same thing you are is essential. They "get it". They know what you are going through. We understand each other...even the weird stuff...like hiding our eating...who hasn't hit a drive through and thought "no one saw me eat it...it doesn't count"... I'm the first to admit...I still think about hiding my food choices, but then I think, "who am I kidding? I'm only hurting myself." and I buck up and journal it anyway...like my White Castle & Cheese fry last night. I ate it...and I counted it!

@ 8:26am ET on June 24, 2008
Tracie is a super inspiration and a super success. I never intended to make it look like she was dissing Weight Watchers. My intent was to show that Tracie likes the daily support available here at Diet.com. Sorry if it came out sounding like a dig!

John McGran
Diet.com Editor

@ 11:46am ET on June 24, 2008
Thank John. I do love the daily support here. The people are great! The articles are very helpful and the community as a whole is awesome! I do plan on becoming a WW Leader when I get to Lifetime, and don't want it to sound like I was upset with them in anyway! :-)

@ 6:22pm ET on July 8, 2008
Thank you, you are an inspiration to me in my journey!

@ 3:56pm ET on January 4, 2012
OMG! You're my hero! Now I feel silly whining about the pounds I have to lose. You're really great!

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