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At her highest, Lynda weighed 310 pounds. That’s a lot for a 6’4” linebacker, but for 5’2” Lynda, it seemed, well, weight loss seemed impossible. Not that she hadn’t tried … and not that she hadn’t found a degree of success. She once lost 150 pounds, not enough to get to goal, but still a lot of weight! But her success wasn’t long-lived and she soon found the 150 pounds she had lost, and more.

Believe it or not, Lynda was thin through grammar school into her high school years. She was a teen bride and it was then, at sixteen years old, that she started gaining weight. From that point on, Lynda’s life revolved around being a mother to her three children (Michele, Jennifer and Michael), wife to husband Mike, and trying desperately to reach a healthy weight. Yo-yo became her middle name as she tried everything.

On January 16, 1991, when her brother went off to serve in the Iraq war, Lynda determined to really “do this." She decided that, “if he can fight for his country, I can fight this weight battle.” She joined Weight Watchers and started losing. Over the months she became friends with her Weight Watchers’ leader. Her success began to waiver, and she followed her leader to a program called Slim System and became the weigh-in person for the small company. That is, until she started gaining her weight back.

Over the years Lynda lost and regained 50 – 90 pounds FOUR TIMES! Never reaching a healthy weight. Never realizing goal. Never keeping it off long enough to enjoy more than a nano-second of feeling healthy. And every time she lost, she gained back even more. At 310 pounds, Lynda began to wonder if she would ever be able to lose again.

She had other reasons besides health to lose weight. Her oldest daughter, Michele, was diagnosed with MS and she and Lynda’s two grandsons (Ryan and Little Michael) needed her to be healthy and strong. Healthy and strong was definitely NOT how Lynda felt. And every time Lynda tried to focus on her weight loss, she was pulled back to food from feelings of desperation and stress over the declining health of her daughter.

Soon after joining, Kim gave a meeting topic on focusing on the things you CAN control in your life and letting the things go that you have no control over. It was then in an epiphany moment, that Lynda realized that although she had no control over the health of her daughter, she did have control over food. And that’s what she had to focus on.

So she began really investing in her new lifestyle. She fell in love with flatbread pizzas with Kim’s Light Flatbread, Laughing Cow Cheese, and sliced mushrooms. “It was so light and so delicious!” And, she adds, “I went on two vacations during my weight loss journey. On vacation I actually LOST weight. In the past, I would go on vacation, gain, and never go back. This time it was different. I really enjoyed myself and didn’t need to binge.”

“The 77 calorie Pumpkin Pie and Chocolate Yule Log saved me during the holidays!” she says with a grin. “Every night I eat a large bag of popcorn and one sweet treat. But the biggest difference of all was PREplanning. It was the answer to my yo-yo. It was the secret to my success.”

All in all Lynda lost more than 163 pounds. She is happy to share her tips with others, but if you ask her, you’re going to get the hard truth. “It was a lot of work. It took time. It was an investment that paid off BIG TIME. Besides, how much time had I lost over the years trying to do it with short cuts?! Playing with it. Trying to change my weight without changing the real things that mattered inside. It takes time and effort, but it’s SO worth it.”

“And,” she adds, “please believe me. If I can do it, ANYONE can do it, too."


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