Exercise: "I do double high-energy water aerobics classes two days a week," she said. She also walks two days a week.
Attitude: "My biggest challenge now is to not fall back into the old habits that got me so overweight -- and remembering: I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me," she said.
Paul Moore, 53, of Sugar Hill went from 308 pounds to 180 pounds.
Pounds loss: 128
Diet: For lunch and dinner, he loves a salad with hot wing sauce. "I put that on everything," he admitted.
Exercise: "I have four-legged offsprings that help keep me motivated; they like to get out and exercise," he said. "Currently I have three of them: three dogs, three leashes - the four of us are out there jogging on the trail." Two or three times a week, he runs 5-6 miles with his dogs.
Attitude: He changed his mindset and didn't eat bad things. "It continues to be a challenge … I really focus on being mindful," he said.
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Gino Marotta, 40, of Lawrenceville, went from 315 pounds to 197 pounds.
Pounds loss: 118
Diet: A "breakfast mush" casserole with eggs, ground turkey and hash browns starts his day.
Exercise: He completes 30 minutes of intense cardio in a gym two or three times a week. On weekends, he does an 8-mile hike/run at Stone Mountain Park.
Attitude: He said, "I'm one of the people who read (this column) for many years, hoping that one day, I would muster the discipline to lose weight and be featured myself." And he did.
Angie Spann Arnold, 53, of Marietta went from 279 pounds to 175 pounds.
Pounds loss: 104
Diet: At first, she stuck to a low-carb, very strict diet - not more than 20 net carbs a day. "After some weight loss, I started adding fruits."
Attitude: "My biggest challenges are cakes and breads. I know that this is a way of life now and that carbs cause me to gain weight. I don't deny myself anything, but I think really long and hard before I choose to eat anything that is not what I need," she said.
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