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This Mom Lost 100 Pounds In 9 Months

Women's Health Logo By Lauren Dugas stopped making excuses, joined a bootcamp group, and lost 100 pounds. of Women's Health | Slide 1 of 6

This mom lost 100 pounds in 9 months

“I realized my life depended on losing that weight.”

BEFORE: 278 pounds
AFTER: 178 pounds

I have been plus-sized my entire adult life. Even as a teenager, I was always “bigger.” I was never active. But for most of my life, my weight didn’t really bother me. I was confident and happy. I earned a bachelor’s degree and an MBA.

I dieted from time to time because I felt it was the socially acceptable thing for someone of my size to do. I did Weight Watchers in 2008 and I lost 20 pounds, but I returned to my old eating habits and gained it all back (plus more). I tracked my calories via MyFitnessPal on and off for several years. When I did that, I lost weight—but I was also starving.

Then, one morning I stepped on the scale and it read 278.5. I was devastated. I couldn’t believe I was that heavy. I knew I had to do something. I was only 32, but my life depended on losing that weight. I needed to learn better eating habits and start exercising and be a better role model to my kids.

That’s when I decided I needed help.

Since I didn't know the first thing about healthy habits, I joined a gym called RevFit. There, I saw all these side-by-side transformation pictures from people who had taken their bootcamp classes. Women of all sizes were losing weight through this program, so I signed up.

© COURTESY OF LAUREN DUGAS

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