Whitney Miner, 38, of Smyrna lost 30 pounds

In the photo on the left, taken in December 2013, Whitney Miner weighed 180 pounds (Photo contributed by Whitney Miner). In the photo on the right, taken last year, she weighed 150 pounds (Photo contributed by Takia Lamb of TK Consulting & Design, https://tkconsultingdesign.com/ used with permission).

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In the photo on the left, taken in December 2013, Whitney Miner weighed 180 pounds (Photo contributed by Whitney Miner). In the photo on the right, taken last year, she weighed 150 pounds (Photo contributed by Takia Lamb of TK Consulting & Design, https://tkconsultingdesign.com/ used with permission).

SUCCESS STORY / Whitney Miner, 38: From 180 pounds to 150 pounds

Former weight: 180 pounds

Current weight: 150 pounds

Pounds lost: 30 pounds

Height: 5 feet 7 inches

Age: 38 years

How long she's kept it off: She started in April 2015 and reached her current weight in November 2016

Personal life: "I live in the Smyrna area. I work in marketing strategy for Turner as an analytics manager and I love it. I'm married to my wonderful husband, Mario. We have two girls, Mycala, 16, and Marlowe, 5," Miner said. "During my journey to wellness, I've become passionate about holistic health and want to share that with as many people as I can. That led me to start my blog, eatplantsandprosper.com, as well as recently becoming certified in holistic nutrition."

Turning point: "I got started by trying to lose the weight I gained being pregnant with my youngest. I kept starting, losing 5 or 6 pounds, falling off, gaining the weight back and having to start again," Miner said. "After four or five times doing that, I told myself that I didn't want to keep losing the same 5 pounds. It was either now or never to get serious about it. I challenged myself to go eight consecutive weeks on WW, the new Weight Watchers, without falling off. Once I did that, I was on a mission."

Diet plan:"I'm a WW, the new Weight Watchers, plant-based eater," she said. Breakfast is overnight oats, lunch is a green salad with beans and whole grains. Dinner is often zucchini, corn and black bean tacos with roasted broccoli.

Exercise routine: "I try to work out four to five days a week," Miner said. "I split those days between cardio and yoga. I work toward incorporating yoga for 15 minutes every day because it's been so helpful to me in so many ways by connecting mind, body and spirit."

Biggest challenge: "Maintaining weight loss has been difficult," she said. "People think once you've made it to your goal the journey is over. Not true — keeping the weight off is challenging as well, but well worth it."

How life has changed: "Life has completely changed for me," Miner said. "I've found my purpose in sharing the benefits of food, plant-based eating, plus fitness, plus faith. It propelled me to start my blog, eatplantsandprosper.com, and get certified in holistic nutrition. It is my hope to help people feel the way God intended our bodies to feel so we can live our best lives. Not only that, but I'm able to provide my husband and kids with a healthy, vibrant wife and mother. I can keep up with my girls now without being too drained or tired. I'm truly living, and that's the best example I can set for them." Her tips for others include: "Figure out what it means to be the healthiest version of yourself and pursue that."


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