Adia Molloy, 34 Westchester, Ohio Height: 5'6" Pre-weight-loss weight: 238 Current weight: 175 Pounds Lost: 63 How she did it: Weight Watchers and running
Her top tips: Never say diet. "For me, the second that I say I can't have a food is the second that I start thinking about nothing else. To lose weight you really have to think about it as a life-long change of habits that you are making."
Set a goal. "When I decided I wanted to lose the baby weight, I sent out an email to all of my mom friends and said that I was starting a running club with the goal of running a 5K at the end of summer – while pushing my 1-year-old and 2-year-old in a double jogging stroller! We called ourselves the 'Whiniest Running Club Ever' -- but we never stopped."
Make it fun. "My kids love doing yoga on the floor with me and I get in an extra workout. We play games like 'the Princess 5K' and the kids get dressed up and we all run around the house. It's a game to them, but it's instilling a good habit in them and getting us all extra exercise."
Own up to the risk. "It really is a big risk to look at yourself and say, 'I don't like how I feel when I am at this weight.' Before I could lose the baby weight I had to acknowledge that it was a big deal and that I trusted myself to be able to make all of the changes necessary to finally do it. It was quite empowering to say I trusted that I could lose the weight in a healthy way and that got me excited to start."
Know that it isn't going to always go as you want it to. "The biggest thing that Weight Watchers gave me was the ability to fail and realize that it wasn't such a big deal. There were weeks when I didn't lose (or even gained weight) and talking to my group leader and the other people in my Weight Watchers meetings let me see that gains happen to everyone and they don't mean that you should stop, they mean that you should re-evaluate what you did that week and then put it behind you and keep going."
Switch things up. "Doing the same workout or eating the same foods every day is tedious. I run three times a week because it is my newfound favorite hobby, but I also go to bootcamp and spinning with my friends for other workouts. I even took tennis lessons this year, something I have wanted to do for a while. I try to vary what I eat as well. Eating healthy doesn't have to mean grilled chicken and a salad every day."