Sally Squires's Lean Plate Club - Success Stories

Gain Inspiration From Others Who Have Lost Weight
Janelle Webb
Successful Loser

Janelle Webb

Bakersfield, Calif.

Pounds Lost


Time to Do It:

Eight months


Nutrition educator at Clinica Sierra Vista and undergraduate student at Fresno Pacific University


31, single, one daughter

Maintained Weight:

Nine years

Size Change:

From a pant size 28 to a two

Healthy Habits Added:

Calorie counting and reading nutrition labels. "I don't eat anything without looking at the calories." Instead of three meals, she eats six, 300-calorie snacks throughout the day. She also does 90-minute workouts, seven days a week--despite having a steel rod surgically implanted in one leg following a car accident at age 18. "I run through the pain because I know what happens if I don't." She mixes up workouts to avoid boredom. Favorite activities include the elliptical trainer, running and in-line skating.

Trigger Food:

Ice cream, which she hasn't eaten in a year and a half, and other sweets.

Secret Weapon:

"Weigh-Down" Workshop, a Bible-based weight loss program at her church. During the 10-week session, she learned to avoid mindless eating and how to gauge when she's really hungry and when she's full.

Favorite Snacks:

Grapes, apples, low-fat granola. At parties, she brings carrots and sugar snap peas to munch on to avoid eating cookies and candy.

Biggest Struggle:

Putting on 65 pounds while pregnant, some of it due to water retention. She worried that the weight might not come off again. It did after she gave birth. Still, she struggles with "letting myself eat....When you've lost that much weight, you're afraid your body is going to regain it."

What Motivated Her to Succeed:

The desire to start life fresh after ending a five-year relationship with her boyfriend.

Rewards Along the "Weigh":

Knowing how to "eat when you're hungry and stop when you're full." Plus, she is proud to have served as a good role model for her daughter, who now has healthy eating habits. She loves "fruit, vegetables and whole grains. She's a naturally healthy eater."

Benefits of Weight Loss:

The ability to wear size two "hand-me-downs" from her twin sister and cousins, which stretches her clothes budget. Plus, "my feet don't hurt when I try to take my daughter somewhere [or] when I'm doing fun things with her." She also serves as a weight loss "sounding board" for her mother, who has shed 80 pounds, and for co-workers who want to reach a healthier weight.

What She's Learned From the Lean Plate Club:

Tips from other Successful Losers that she now applies to her own life and encourages in her daughter.

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