Aimee Smith from Janesville, Wis. has quite the story to tell about her determination to get healthier. The woman lost 222 pounds and has gone on to compete in triathlons and other races. ABC News shared her story on Jan. 16.
Smith says that she didn't realize how big she had become two years ago, but she knew she wasn't feeling well. Once she weighed herself on a new scale, she found her weight had climbed to 427 pounds. She overhauled her lifestyle and underwent gastric bypass surgery, and now the woman has lost 222 pounds. Smith has gone on to run numerous races now, and she is training for a marathon in May.
The woman who lost 222 pounds also worked with a health coach to develop healthier food habits, and she says changing her relationship with food was key. Now she thinks of it as fuel for her body rather than a friend to help her through emotional times. At the same time, she says she will enjoy a cookie here and there, but she limits herself to just one.
The National Weight Control Registry details that those who are most successful with weight loss do the basics: overhaul their eating and get moving. Social support is also a key factor, and Aimee Smith says that was the case for her. The woman who lost 222 pounds is now an inspiration to many others, and she says it helps to start with small goals. She notes, “Start small and if you can only do two steps at a time, do that and then do it again tomorrow. Progressively build on what you can.”