Sally Squires's Lean Plate Club - Success Stories

Gain Inspiration From Others Who Have Lost Weight
Cynthia Gordon
Successful Loser

Cynthia Gordon

Alexandria, Va.

Pounds Lost


Time to Do It:

Two years


Arlington County (Va.) Housing Assistant


55 years old, married; one daughter, who died in 2001 at age 21

Maintained Weight:

Since 2004

Size Change:

24 plus to 16 plus

Healthy Habits Added:

Committed to regular exercise; eliminated processed sugar and white flour; switched to diet tea; allows herself to splurge a little on weekends only; weighs herself once or twice weekly.

Trigger Foods:

Anything sweet, especially cakes, pies and sweet tea

Secret Weapons:

Grapes. "They're sweet and eating eight to 10 will do it."

What She Can't Live Without:

Her treadmill, parked in her bedroom. She listens to gospel music while walking on it daily five to six times per week for at least 30 minutes.

Favorite Snacks:

Jell-O, Lite Cool Whip and Turkey Hill Diet Iced Tea

Biggest Struggle:

"I'm not into struggling. This hasn't been a struggle. I've just incorporated small changes."

Previous Weight Loss Attempts:

Gained and lost the same 40 pounds year after year. "I did all kinds of crazy diet things."

What Motivated Her to Succeed This Time:

Honoring her daughter's memory. "I didn't think my daughter would want me to fall apart."

Rewards Along the "Weigh":

Two new wardrobes

Benefits of Weight Loss:

Her blood pressure and type 2 diabetes are now stable.

What She's Learned From the Lean Plate Club:

How to break a weight plateau with more exercise and tweaking food; healthy food finds; "seeing the difference that reaching a healthier weight can make in people's lives."

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