Happy New Me! I've Lost 85
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When it came to joining eDiets, Anne
Rousseau had nothing to lose but pounds.
And thats just what she did. After 11 months
on the leading online weight loss program, the determined dieter is light as a
feather, firm as a board. Through a major health makeover, shes made the
transformation from 218 pounds to 133 pounds. By revamping her diet, her
fitness level and her mentality toward healthy living, Anne has dropped a
whopping 85 pounds from her 56" figure.
It took years for the former Weight
Watchers member to shake off the indifferent attitude she had about her extra
weight. Before, healthy eating was never a priority for Anne. She didnt
Fruits were something you stuffed into muffins or
Milk was for children
She could think of every lame excuse in
the book to avoid anything nutritious.
common staples in her diet were breads, pastas, potatoes, rice and cereal,
along with chips and desserts. At night she would come home and throw two
French bread pizzas in the oven -- and scarf down half a bag of chips while
they cooked. There were days when she would hit the Dunkin Donuts drive-thru on
the way to work and then go for round two of gourmet goodies when she arrived
at the office.
Her eating was out of control, and the
effect of those high-calorie, high-fat foods was a widening waistline.
I ate myself up to 218 pounds,
says the New Hampshire woman.
As her weight climbed, Anne had plenty of
incentive to lose those extra pounds. The former accountant wanted a new job,
and she believed her weight would be a turn-off to prospective employers. But
that wasnt her only motivation. Whenever she saw herself in pictures with
her family, she felt like she didnt fit in.
My parents and my
brothers are thin. Theyre all little skinny people. I looked like I didnt
belong in the family. I didnt take good pictures. I was like this round person.
When I looked in the mirror, I felt like I had lost my real face.
The two factors gave Anne enough drive to
change the way shed been living. After seeing an eDiets banner and
visiting the website, Anne realized she was on to something big. She became a
member of the 11-million strong community last January and took it one meal at
From the beginning, Anne ate the meals on
the plan. But she still had an aversion to the fruits and vegetables she had
avoided for so long, so she left them out. It wasnt long before she found
herself hungry, which is what finally convinced her to eat the salads and
It wasnt that I didnt
like vegetables. They were just a lot of trouble. You had to peel them, wash
them, chop them and cook them. But I had to make peace with the
vegetables, says Anne. Her slimming solution for convenience: frozen
One of the most appetizing elements of the
eDiets plan was that Anne didnt have to completely change her daily
routine, thanks to tools like the Dining Out Guide and the fast food
substitution list. She could still go out to lunch with her co-workers,
something that was extremely important to the self-admitted workaholic.
I needed to get out of the office at
lunch, she tells eDiets. That was really important for me. I
already put in extra hours, and I didnt want to work through lunch. If I
brought lunch, people would come into my office and assume I was available.
With the fast food selections, I
could still eat at Wendys and stay on the plan. Its not all
hamburgers and fries. Between salads and chicken and chili, I could eat a
normal lunch and not look like I was dieting to everybody.
The meal plan began working wonders for
Anne from the get-go. But it was the exercise that really turned her life
around. At her highest weight, she was exhausted. Her feet ached, and it
wasnt uncommon for her to nap in the middle of the day on the weekends.
Part of her problem was that she was carrying around an extra 80-plus pounds;
the other part was that she didnt exercise at all.
But Anne didnt let her inexperience
at exercise stop her. She got her start walking 10 minutes a day and worked her
way up from there until she reached 35 minutes. She was hooked immediately. She
added a walking session in the morning and began doing toning exercises as
These days she works out almost every day
-- 90 minutes three days a week and 60 minutes the other four days. The
Northeasterner walks whether rain or snow; she avoids outdoor activities when
there is ice or snow on the ground. She stretches. She rides a stationary bike.
Her fitness level is higher that its ever been before.
There is an irony in Annes tale of
weight-loss triumph. While it was the possibility of a new job that inspired
Anne to lose, it was her new lifestyle that encouraged her to quit her job last
spring and do something more active. She chose to take some time for herself
and bike ride with her 77-year-old father over the summer.
He rides about 20 miles a day. I
started riding with him when I was down to 175 and after that the weight
started coming off real fast, she says.
Between last June to November, she rode
about 1,800 miles. Anne is quick to point out that you dont need to go to
extremes when it comes to a fitness regimen. She just happened to fall in love
with all the physical activity.
All I did was work. I was a
workaholic. My reason for joining was to get a different job, but now its
not all about work. Im thinking of doing something else. I dont
want to sit at a desk. I was to do something active. I watch guys picking up
the garbage and I think, I could do that. Look how active they are.
Its not a bad job except for the smell.
There are times when she misses her
old fattening friends, but the feelings pass.
If Im in the grocery store and
Im hungry, Ill walk by the chips aisles and miss the cheesy
popcorn. I used to love it, but I keep walking because I dont need it and
I dont love what it does to me.
I used to eat a whole pint of Ben
& Jerrys ice cream. I havent had any since I joined. Cake and ice cream
used to be for special occasions. When did it become an every day event? Thats
the kind of thinking I had to get out of my head. Not everything that goes in
your mouth has to be yummy. You dont have to love everything you eat; it can be
something palatable. Everybody likes apples, but wed all choose apple pie if