See How I Lost
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First there was Spider-Man. Then there was the Daredevil and the Hulk.
Well, move over fellas and greet the new superhero of dieters... the Incredible
Shrinking Woman... our very own eDiets success extraordinaire, Yolanda E!
During a 20-month span, this determined dieter
zoomed from 267 to 147 pounds to lose 120 pounds. Furthermore, she stopped
squeezing into skintight size 28s and began sporting comfortably snug size
And she couldn't have made such great strides
without the help of her favorite weight-fighting sidekick,
didn't take magic pills, potions or fad diets to transform Yolanda, 26.
Dropping 120 pounds was simply a matter of having a strong will to lose weight
and a healthy way to reach her wellness goals.
From her home in Ohio, Yolanda tells eDiets she
spent most of her life battling the bulge. By the time she entered the fifth
grade, she was pushing 150 pounds. Being taller (she's 5'8") and heavier than
her classmates left Yolanda feeling small in the self-esteem department.
I can remember feeling uncomfortable around
other teenage girls -- because the majority of them were skinny and fit and
active -- and not really having an interest in social activities because I was
so overweight," the curvy again computer programmer tells
"I always wore clothes that were baggy, trying to hide the fact that I was so
"I can remember as a child and as a teenager
having family call me Big Lon and having an uncle who my family
would visit say to me as I walked in the door, Hey, big girl!
I can remember not liking myself... not
liking to look in the mirror because I did not like what I saw. I can remember
never wanting to take pictures because I was so big. Then when I was persuaded
to be in a photo, I remember the picture coming back and seeing how big I
Yolanda tried losing weight on her own. She
started by doing the basic Tae-Bo video seven days a week. Although she was
exercising regularly, Yolanda could only take so much of grilled chicken and
veggies. She soon started slipping back into her old eating habits: huge
helpings of pasta with Alfredo sauce and whole boxes of cookies and Nutrigrain
bars... in one sitting.
By February 2002, Yolanda had hit rock bottom. It
took a little tough love from a friend to revive her desire to diet right.
talking to my friend about how depressed I was about my weight and how it wasnt
going well even though I was exercising," she recalls. "She said how do you
expect to lose weight when you keep going out and eating pasta all the
"It was the push I needed to go ahead and make
the decision to do
After hopping on the eDiets bandwagon, Yolanda
made the commitment to slim down once and for all. If it meant eating foods
that were unfamiliar to her, she would open up and say ah. If it
meant drinking 64 ounces of water a day, she would keep a liter bottle on her
desk. If it meant adding toning exercises to her workout regimen, then
thats what she would do.
In my family, we eat a lot of soul food and
fried food," she says. "I was raised on fried chicken, fried pork chops,
macaroni and cheese, and turnip greens. This was a drastic change in eating
"When I first got the shopping lists, I said
Im not eating wheat germ and Wasa bread. Then I said no
Yolanda, youre trying to change your lifestyle... try something new.'
I tried it and I loved it. It was so easy.
Everything is laid out for you. You dont have to think about anything.
You just do it. Its not difficult at all.
Yolanda would print out her weekly menu and add it to a folder specifically set
up for her eDiets meal plan. In the morning, Yolanda would pull out the papers
and look up her breakfast. She would also pack her lunch before going to work.
By selecting the convenience plan, Yolanda didnt have to spend time in the
In the beginning, Yolanda felt like she was
eating too much food. But before long, her body got used to it and the weight
began to melt away. Whenever she felt hungry, she sipped from the liter bottle
of water she kept at her side.
And that's impressive because before eDiets
Yolanda wasnt a big fan of water. Yet, she forced herself to drink,
knowing that a smaller rear end would justify the means. That was the mentality
she kept throughout her weight loss journey. Her determination paid off -- she
lost 5 pounds during the first week.
The more results I saw, the more I knew I
could do it," she says. "When I started I said I was going to dedicate one year
of my life to following eDiets. Back then I thought it was more of a diet
instead of a lifestyle change. I now know I could never go back to the way I
Yolanda began increasing her fitness effort. In
addition to her Tae Bo tapes, she did toning exercises. In August 2002, she
joined her workplace fitness center. During her lunch break or after work, she
found time to walk on the treadmill or ride her bike.
She's made tremendous strides on the treadmill.
This past January, she started jogging on the treadmill and by last August she
was covering 6 miles!
Although there were days she didnt feel
like exercising, Yolanda pushed herself. She kept telling herself exercise was
one of the keys to weight loss and she never gave up. Today, shes
literally half the woman she used to be and she still cant believe how
far shes come.
I thank God for helping me help myself
because I was in a bad way physically, emotionally and socially," Yolanda says.
"Losing weight has done wonders for my confidence and self-esteem. The way I
feel about my life now is that the sky is the limit...
I feel that there is nothing that I can't
accomplish as long as I have my action plan in place, am willing to make a
commitment and change, make the sacrifices, work hard, stay focused and pray
for guidance. I always said that there was nothing that I could not accomplish
as long as I set my mind to it.
"But back then I think I only half-believed it.
Now, not only do I believe it fully, but I live it each and every