Erin J.P. Dybwad
29 years old, married
16-18 to 6
Cooking more from scratch; eating plenty of whole grains, especially bulghur wheat in place of rice; packing her own lunch instead of buying it.
Sweets, especially cookies and granola bars
Running and signing up for races; sewing, crocheting and knitting at night so as not to eat.
Running and ice cream.
Trader Joe's Fat Free Caramel Corn; buys large bag but measures into single servings to control portions.
Learning to eat only when hungry, not out of boredom.
Struggled with weight most of life; joined Weight Watchers three times. "Third time was the charm," she says.
Better appearance. "I hated how I looked."
Flowers for every five pounds lost and no deprivation. "There's no food that I don't eat," she says. But she is very careful about portion sizes.
Being able to run half marathons, she's run four since October.
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