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Date:12/10/2008

a day. I'm down to a slim 119 pounds from a starting weight of 189 pounds. Now, she says she no longer needs her blood pressure or heart medication. I knew I wanted to be there for my husband and children and they deserved to have me at my best. There's no greater motivation than that. -- Michelle Thomas, Colorado Springs, CO I lost 60 pounds and that's half of my goal! I've been obese and eventually morbidly obese since grade school. In July 2006 after tipping the scales at a whopping 265 pounds and only being 5 feet tall, I decided to change my eating habits and add exercise. The pounds started to come off easily. I am religiously at the gym 5 days a week ... and I can't mention how much I love water. This has been a fun and adventurous challenge for me. So many people have come up to me at the gym just to tell me I look great or keep up the good work and I have inspired them. Just knowing that I can inspire others to change has been the greatest thing that can happen to me. Another plus, Thomas adds, is teaching the healthy habits she's learned to her children. -- Deborah Wright, West Haven, CT (Challenge Team: Bethel AME New Haven) I lost nearly 50 pounds, dropped 2 sizes and no longer need my diabetes medications! After going to the doctor and being told that I was diabetic, she knew she could no longer put off losing weight and getting fit. "I started to focus on many smaller goals instead of one large goal. I soon realized it was achieving the little goals that kept me motivated to continue. Who knew something as simple as eating 6 small meals a day, instead of skipping breakfast or dinner, would truly help you to lose weight? One small step today ... one large goal tomorrow! Being on The Challenge means I can now fit into a s
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